Ratings : F-D – 3.5/5 | TripAdvisor – 4.5/5 | Facebook – 4.9/5 | Google – 4.7/5
Driving through the Dutch countryside we decided on a visit of the Buitenplaats (estate) Amerongen. This beautiful estate is the place of a castle and in one of the old outbuildings you’ll find restaurant Bentinck.
We found a table on the terrace with a great view of the castle. We had to ask for a menu and overall the service was not too observant. We enjoyed a few neighborhood beers and a Bobby’s gin tonic with slices of orange with cloves.
From their ‘bites’ menu we ordered the cheese platter, the shrimps in panko and the homemade small meat croquettes. The cheese platter had five very small pieces of cheese on it. Shrimps and croquettes, six of each, were nice.
Unfortunately we had to ask the staff to clear the table. When ordering a second round of drinks they apparently didn’t notice the snacks were finished so they left the platters on our table.
We left at 16:12 hrs. and everybody was very busy setting tables for dinner and placing the reserved signs on them. This seemed very early to us, and the effect was that people arriving just for a drink were denied a table. Maybe they have a good reason, but it seems they are missing out on business that way.
When we are in the area again maybe we go back to Bentinck because of the nice terrace but it’s not on the top of our list.
Restaurant Bentinck | Drostestraat 12 | 3958 BK Amerongen
Ratings : F-D – 3.5/5 | TripAdvisor – 4/5 | Facebook – 4.2/5 | Google – 3.9/5
Food-drinks.info needed a lunch while touring on a beautifull and sunny day in August. We are always on the lookout for nice place to have a bite to eat. That is how we found ourselves on the terrace of De Kluis (The Vault) in Doorn.
Bert started with a latte macchiato and a pastry called ‘skitaart’ and I had a cappuccino. After that we decided to order from the lunch menu. We had a sandwich roll with warm meat and peanut sauce and the chef’s surprise.
Normally this type of sandwich is made with slices of roulade but this one was made with ham, and lots of it. Unfortunately the request to put butter on the sandwich wasn’t honored. Ham and bread tasted great and made a nice lunch.
The chef’s surprise consisted of four slices of French bread with carpaccio, ham, goats cheese and salmon. Made me think of pinchos.
All four were very tasty and fresh with appropriate dressings.
Very friendly staff, nice location and terrace in the center of Doorn. Food-drinks.info would go back whenever in the neighborhood.
Gasterij De Kluis | Plein 1923 nr. 24 | 3941 ER Doorn
Ratings : F-D – 3.5/5 | TripAdvisor – 3.5/5 | Facebook – N/A | Google – 4.3/5
During our trips through the Dutch country side we often passed De Kooi. It’s a big venue a bit isolated just outside the village of Bunschoten-Spakenburg. It never really appealed to us, but everytime we said we should find a moment to stop and visit.
On friday the 21st of July we decided to have a lunch at De Kooi and check it out. We parked at the back and entered the big terrace. The tables were clean but the chairs a rather bulky plastic and difficult to lift. They produced a lot of noise scraping over the surface of the terrace.
Staff is friendly and quick. We enjoyed a cappucino and a latte machiato, both with milk that was heated properly. Bert had two slices of bread with warm meat and a peanut sauce. Big portion of meat, good regulare sauce and very tasty and fresh bread. I had a club sandwich with was supposed to be smoked chicken. It’s always dissapointing when served with chicken roulade instead off a thicker sliced chicken breast.
De Kooi | Zevenhuizerstraat 1 | 3751 LC Bunschoten-Spakenburg
Ratings : F-D – 3.5/5 | TripAdvisor – 4.0/5 | Facebook – 4.9/5 | Google – 4.3/5
Very close to our house is Wilma’s Place, located in a industrial/business zone very typical to Dutch cities. We have visited this place for the first time years ago. We were thinking about a place for a quick lunc and Wilma came to mind.
We sat at the terrace on a round, threelegged table that required some searching where we would be able to lean without tipping the table. Finaly we found a more or less stable position.
We both had the meatball sandwich. One dressed with salad, baby mushrooms, bean sprouts and peanut sauce. That was one of Wilma’s weekly specials. The other regular. Nice meatbals, with nice presentation and everything to taste. Good place for a quick lunch.
Wilma’s Place | Markerkant 1123 | 1316 AK Almere