Wed - Thu 5.00 pm - midnight
Fri - Sat 4.00 pm - 1.00 pm
Sun 3.00 pm - 10.00 pm
|Price category||Average check between €35 and €80 pp|
|Tags||Great Wine MenuOpen on SundaysOutdoor SeatingRestaurantsWine BarsCasual AtmosphereAsparagusNew or updatedWriters report IncludedForty (40) Euro club|
Once upon a time a 'koffiehuis' was in operation here, where shady dealings were of a darker hue than the blackest coffee on the menu. Perhaps the rolling up/shutting down of this venture -- 'carried out by order of the mayor' -- was indicative of the 'unraveling' of De Baarsjes. In any case, this part of Amsterdam-West has now been rewoven into a sought-out destination for the gastronomically inclined. Welcome to Winehouse Somm, at the corner of Baffinstraat and Balboastraat.
And hello there, don't we know that owner/host? That's Sascha Holzkämper, who Mrs. Hamersma clearly recalls from an unforgettable wine-and-dine evening at Beluga (**) in Maastricht, where the former worked as sommelier. After that Holzkämper moved to another alluring venue, Bord'eau, in Amsterdam. We lost track of him after that, his incomparable skills having come to the attention of Gordon Ramsay, who enticed him over to London.
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But now he's back. And he's not alone. He has taken on a French chef, with whom he shares the kitchen toils. Says he: 'We started out serving small dishes to complement the wines, but people were so enthusiastic that we started putting together menus.' The young man who skilfully and professionally tends to guests on the terrace--both to the left, and around the corner to the right--is also a Frenchman. But Holzkämper is also there, both left and right. He has stories to tell about the extraordinary Menetou-Salon les Bornés from Domaine Pellé, the stunningly crisp Chablis 1er Cru from Dennis Race, and the delicate Saint-Aubin 1er Cru les Charmois from Paul Pillot. At the table next to us, a young couple inquires of Holzkämper what time it is. 'Twenty past seven,' is their answer. 'Crikey, we'd better get home and start cooking.' I wouldn't do it if I were them. I'd ask for the menu at Winehouse Somm.