Amsterdam: De Kas
Based on some recommendations (and its inclusion in dutchgrub’s “Best Amsterdam Restaurants” list), I am headed to De Kas this weekend. Before I go, I’m curious whether anyone could share any thoughts / recommendations / warnings to keep in mind?
Here’s some of what I know so far…
-in a former greenhouse
-daily menu, based on what is fresh that day (with flexibility for dietary restrictions)
-3 course meal for €49,50 or tasting menu for €125
Kas Restaurant De
Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3 Amsterdam
This is a really nice restaurant. The tasting menu (125 euro) is at the chef's table and I think it must be booked in advance and starts early (but I am not sure of this). They used to have a very good waiting staff (with also good knowledge of the English language) however, last summer they changed half of the waiting staff with a trainee/learn of the job staff (not sure if this is still the case, but I think it is): they were a bit more informal and sometimes clumsy, but also very friendly and really doing their best to give you a wonderful evening.
You will start with some bread and huge green olives. If the weather is nice (but it won't be this weekend) you can start with a drink in the outdoor area. The 49,50 menu consists of 5 dishes, most of the time you are given 1 or 2 dishes to start with, then 3 dishes which form the main dish, and then dessert. All dishes contain a lot of vegetables. The courses are not huge, but for an extra charge you can order a nice cheese platter to be served before or after dessert. They also have a nice selection of teas, these are served with home made cookies or chocolates.
Between the courses, you can wander through the herb-greenhouse, just walk in there, and ask staff what you can see there.
The greenhouse visit is a great suggestion! Staff will let you touch and smell the herbs, and then ask you to guess what they are. I remember an amazing variety of basil - lemon-basil, cinnamon-basil and others if I recall correctly.
They also serve champagne with herb leaves as for apéritif. Quite nice!
Glad you found my "Best Amsterdam Restaurant" list useful!
Dinner this past weekend at De Kas was great. Beautiful setup in the greenhouse (thankfully the weather wasn’t as bad as anticipated), very friendly and accommodating staff (making adjustments to dietary requirements), wonderfully vegetable-intensive courses, and I liked their math in calculating a "three course" meal: 3 starters + 1 main + 1.5 desserts (.5 = little cookies). Most importantly, the food was excellent all around. We took a walk through the greenhouse as well, and yeah - many many different types of basil and some delicious looking heirloom tomatoes. I'll be back!