Top-notch dining in Amsterdam–

img_1354 img_1323 img_1289img_1319WOW!  Restaurant Hartering here in Amsterdam, The Netherlands is ROCKIN’ IT–jaaa!

If you watch Andrew Zimmern, then you may recall a recent episode with him hanging out in Amsterdam eating all kinds of good stuff. . .Restaurant Hartering is where Zimmern watched Paul Hartering make head cheese inside an actual pig’s head, and the stuff looked absolutely delectable.  Paul offered Zimmern some thin slices of the head cheese, and he was in heaven eating these. . .knowing that I was coming here soon, I jotted down Mr. Hartering’s name and BOOM here I am gobbling some of the good stuff they offer here. . .mmmm, aaaaahh!

After finding this wonderful restaurant located at number 10 Peperstraat in the Centrum section of town, I settle in for the seven-course set menu of the day with wine pairings. . .damn, am I excited.  First, the waiter brings me a wonderful basket of bread with delicious butter–he says, “don’t fill up, you have a long way to go,” and I say, “no worries, I can eat everything that you will bring to me with nooooo problem at all.”–jaaaa!

The prequel to my meal begins with crispy kale infused with anchovies–totally tasty…another prequel is a small plate with leeks and a leek puree–niiiice…first coarse is a tartare of bonito tuna–really good…next is a ham and egg thing with lovely veggies that you can see above–delectable…next is a celeriac thing–delicious and refreshing…next is a beef cheek thing with mashed potatoes that you can also see above–amazingly flavorful and good…next is a thin grilled beef thing cooked on a piping hot piece of iron with herbs and lemon slices–wonderful–I love it, keep the meat coming…then we do some tasty French cheeses–really good, but I wanted to have Dutch cheeses–whaaa!!…and finally I end with a creme brulee thing and a glass of sparkling wine. . .and after this a coffee and a whiskey to bring the meal to a close…most wonderful!!  All of this is washed down with wonderful pairings of wines that feel perfect for each dish…the whites that I am served are all French, I have a red from Germany–the Pinot Noir of Germany–quite nice, and also a Gigondas with the grilled meat–perfect!…and the sparkling wine is from I-don’t-know-where…by the time this arrives I am in ecstasy and really don’t care where it is from cuz it is all sooooo good!

So, if you ever find yourself in Amsterdam looking for a fabulous meal, then you cannot go wrong with Restaurant Hartering. . .everything is locally sourced and made in-house, except for the really good bread, which they have delivered daily from a bakery just a few blocks away. . .this Paul Hartering dude knows how to cook–everything has tons of flavor…the space is crisp and cozy…the staff are amazing…and the food ROCKS!

I send you extremely satisfying vibes from Paul Hartering’s restaurant here in Amsterdam. . .feel them. . .they will have you smiling all day long.

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It’s lovely out there.

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