Percorsi Stellati/Starred Journeys: Ron Gastrobar (Amsterdam)

Recommended by my friend and colleague Richard, Ron Gastrobar is definitely a restaurant in contrast to what you imagine is a typical starred restaurant: his chef Ron Blaauw was for years one of the most popular chefs in Holland with its eponymous restaurant awarded 2 Michelin Stars. Then, on 27 March 2013, Ron Blaauw announced that he would close his famous restaurant on 30 March and open RON Gastrobar on the same location on 4 April of the same year.  The new restaurant had a totally different idea behind, and its mission is well described in the restaurant web site: to became a Michelin Star restaurant, accessible for everyone. Enjoyment is priority number one. A glass of wine at the bar, a business lunch or a culinary dinner!

And in fact this is what it is: smart but informal atmosphere, prices for (almost) everyone (e.g. All dishes at 15 Euros…excluded supplement and special dishes), absolutely Michelin Star food quality.

Awarded 1 Michelin Star since its opening, Ron Gastrobar has also other close “siblings”: Ron Gastobar Indonesia, Ron Gastrobar Oriental and Ron Gastrobar Paris.

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The menu comes in an original newspaper format …you can read both restaurant news as well as choose your dishes

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Our dinner consisted of:

Starters

ROASTED CHICKEN WINGS WITH BLUE CHEESE DIP

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SQUID CEVICHE WITH PASSION FRUIT, TOMATO AND RED ONION

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Main Courses

WAGYU HAMBURGER MET BLAAUWE KAAS EN BRIOCHE (Wagyu hamburger with blue cheese and a brioche)…original, delicious…pretty small though

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ROSÉ GEBRADEN RUNDERSUKADE MET CHORIZOGRATIN EN JALAPEÑOS (Blade steak with chorizo gratin and jalapeños)

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Desserts

SURPRISE EI ‘RON GASTROBAR’ (Surprise egg Ron Gastrobar)

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This was really  a nice surprise and given that we are in Easter time, was well positioned: white chocolate egg in a honey made nest with vanilla ice cream. Not bad at all

In conclusion overall, it was a good and “diverse” Michelin Star experience …service fast and friendly, good food, reasonable price.

I have been always skeptical about food recommendations of Dutch friends…but this time I admit the hint was really good, dear Richard :-).

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