Rembrandt Square in Amsterdam is highly popular among tourists due to many cafes and lively atmosphere. I normally would not go there in search for a restaurant for a nice lunch or dinner, but my opinion changed recently. My boyfriend and I had an amazing dinner at Kitchen & Bar van Rijn.
They have a diverse menu: everything from stake, risotto to many fish dishes. Since we love to be surprised when eating somewhere for the first time we went for a 5 course chefs menu. No regrets!
The appetiser consisted of a watermelon cube soaked in ginger beer with wasabi mayonaise and sesame seeds. It was served with gnocchi filled with curry and smoked egg. Delicious!
The rest of the courses did not disappoint either.
First they served us monkfish followed by lobster served on the dry ice, which gave a wonderful effect of smokey mist coming from beneath the plate. After lovely white fish was served. Kitchen & Bar van Rijn serves bycatch (in Dutch ‘bijvaangst) which is the fish that is normally exported or even thrown back into the sea because they are unknown to the customer.
Veal etrecote was prepared in sous vide which is quite unique. Sous vide is a method of cooking in which the food is vacuum-sealed in a plastic pouch and placed into the water bath for longer than normal cooking time (usually up to 7 hours) at the accurate regulated temperature that is much lower than normally used for cooking. The chef showed us the process of making an entrecote in sous vide which made our experience even more unique. Finally the dessert- panna cotta. Proper lush.
In addition to that wine pairings were spot on, the atmosphere was vibrant and the service was great.
So next time you are in the city centre of Amsterdam go grab a cocktail and a dinner at Kitchen & Bar van Rijn.
Kitchen & Bar Van Rijn
Rembrandt Square (Rembrandtplein) 17,