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    A garden to table restaurant in Amsterdam

    What is your current neighborhood? I recently moved to Museumkwarter in Amsterdam – Jacqueline Spagnola

    Photo: Kimberley Chan
    Photo: Kimberley Chan

    De Kas, housed in a giant garden conservatory, with ceiling-to-floor windows and exposed piping, is an architectural wonder. The building dates back to the 1920s and is girdled by lavishly landscaped gardens; it is also smack dab in Frankendael Park—home to a 7th-century country mansion and twisting, black pine trees—on the outskirts of eastern Amsterdam, North Holland.

    The laid-back Michelin-starred restaurant, which opened in 2001, is just a hop, skip and a jump from Amstel station, and it is presided over by vegetable grower and chef Gert-Jan Hageman. The food menu is ever-changing at De Kas, with lunch and dinner options based on that day’s harvest at the on-site nursery. Fresh fruit and vegetables are the foundations of every dish: Head Chef Jarno van den Broek fuses Mediterranean flavors with homegrown ingredients, and he creates culinary showstoppers like grilled catfish and veal stew.

    Patrons can indulge in the three-course dinner menu ($55), consisting of a selection of three small starters, a main and a dessert. Amsterdammers, who travel across town to this pocket of the “Venice of the North” for dinner, don’t know what’s on the menu until they arrive. Visitors to the Dutch capital can book a table at De Kas online.

    Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3
    1097 DE Amsterdam, Netherlands
    +31 20 462 4562

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