What cuisine would you expect in Amsterdam we asked ourselves especially when the trendy city went through the gastronomic revolution with new implementations over the past decades? The Dutch may not have been exactly at the forefront of cutting edge cuisine before but being one of the gastronomic melting pots in Europe thanks to its dynamic immigrants who brought in their individual unique culture blending with excitement of diverse ingredients being introduced and exploited, the time has changed now and so it was that we approached Edel by Dennis with some curious expectations and getting ready to explore the unimagined. We decided to walk from our hotel next to the Vondelpark and around the Museumkwartier to Edel by Dennis, as everything is flat and a pleasant 20-30 minute walk while exploring the real Dutch suburban neighbourhood with the navigation of Google maps to track our progress. When we arrived at an old stand out red brick building, we happened to see the sign, which was not exactly obvious, but presumably the locals know this place quite well, as it has been there for some decades. The building faces a canal and while the weather wasn’t cold and windy, you could see its potential for summer outdoor events and activities.
Graffiti artist Elle Streetart’s giant visage modern pop spray painted artwork can’t be missed upon entering the vast industrial like dining area. The striking visual is vivid and provides a burst of colour in an otherwise black and dark brown dining room and it is all very chic. It expresses a strong character to the entire style of the theme, reflecting the culinary style to be expected of Huwaë’s cooking for its quirky motif together with chic furniture designed with a nod to retro Danish in wood and leather as well as banquette seating along the wall under the pop artwork. It is vigorously aesthetic!
Anticipation was killing us and our dining sojourn at Edel by Denis began with an Amuse Bouche – A bao with dill cream, marinated salmon and a dash of ponzu. This mouth full bite size airy Asian conversion bao gave us some cause for anticipation about what was to follow, as it was delicious.
The lobster was slightly pan-grilled with a crunch of tempura texture. The beautiful flavours transpired along with a stunning presentation. Every bite is clean and fresh and you taste the sea enhanced by the natural sweetness from the carrot and coconut, plus the citrus palate of the Philippine Kalamansi was a master touch. Perfectly paired with the 2018 Knebel Riesling that offers an attractive nose made of lemongrass, yellow plum, earthy spices, fine creamy elements with a hint of licorice and smoke. Smooth yet playful and with a surprisingly intense palate that leaves a juicy and creamy feel of ripe fruits, minty elements and licorice in the herbal and delicately intense finish.
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With the amount of food we sampled, unfortunately we did not leave any room for desserts, but we were sorely tempted. For now it is a small menu which allows the kitchen to deliver consistency and surprises with every dish. Every item from the circumspect crafted menu has been given the same love and attention to detail, no matter how big or small. You can’t devour but to enjoy every morsel mindfully to pay respect to this master creation. Despite there was a leaning towards more seafood than other options, this is the Dutch preference and we were still spoilt for choice and not to mention that the portion sizes are quite generous. The restaurant exudes humour in a number of ways for you to explore and the front of house team are a key part of this enjoyment! It is also great to see the local patronage and is a breath of fresh air to have the luxury of space, feel unhurried in your eating and the service takes time to engage you – Rosemary is a another gem – a total “edel” which makes Edel by Dennis an absolute winner.
1057 DT Amsterdam