When mama is town things get fancy; that’s why we went for dinner at Belhamel yesterday. One of the restaurants on my “where to go for dinner” wish list. This cute Parisian style restaurant is located in the Amsterdam neighbourhood Jordaan. It’s a very cosy somewhat romantic restaurant at an even more romantic location overlooking two of the typical Amsterdam canals; Brouwersgracht and Herengracht.We started off by selecting a bottle of white wine to over think our menu choices. Besides their a la carte menu they have a seasonal menu to choose from as well. Most of the dishes derive from French – Italian cuisine but all of them have a multi-cultural twits to it.
After reconsidering all possibilities – I am the worst at making menu decisions – I decided to take a starter from the seasonal menu and my main course from the a la carte menu.
So to begin with I had a half quail stuffed with a soaked plum and armagnac parsley jus. My brother choose for the sautéed prawn and scallop with puff pastry and a chive-shrimps beurre blanc. My mother enjoyed the fish plateau with lobster, smoked Bawykov salmon, crayfish rosti and a ravigotte sauce.
As my main course was New Zealand rack of lamb and Jan was having grilled organic Iberico cutlet we had to change from white to red wine ;). We choose a delicious Cotes de Rhone from Chapoutier to accompany our great meal. I have to say my side dish – an egg-plant biscuit – was literally the best food I had in months. Or to quote “I want to marry this cookie”.
Because the food was so good, we couldn’t resist to try the desserts as well. My brother choose the classic profiteroles and I opted for the delicious white chocolate cheese cake and raspberries.
Belhamel dishes have been rewarded with the Michelin Bib Gourmand award for 6 years in a row. Besides this prestige price they also received a certificate of excellence on Tripadvisor – rated 4,5 out of 5. So it is not just me who loves their food. If I were you I would add it to your “where to go for dinner” wish list as well.
A last advise is to go with your mother as the prices of the menu are somewhat above budget for the job-hunting youngsters amongst us.