Two new two Michelin star restaurants were added to the Netherlands when the tyre company announced the results for 2019 red guide. The new restaurants are Syrco Bakker’s Pure C which is found in Cadzand and Sabero of Nico Boreas who opened Sabero in Roermond last spring.
“This year is a very good year for the Netherlands,” says Gwendal Poullennec, international director of Michelin Guides. “Not only have our inspectors seen consistently good cooking at the highest levels by the established chefs, but they have also found many new names to add. These young chefs, sometimes taking inspiration from their peers, are taking Dutch cuisine to new levels with their creativity, innovation and a thirst for finding new flavors to entice their customers.”
In total there are now 110 starred restaurants in the Netherlands. In total, there are 18 2-starred restaurants and 89 1-star restaurants. 12 new restaurants received a star for the first time.
Pure C is the restaurant that Sergio Herman opened in Cadzand before he closed his three Michelin starred Oud Sluis a few kilometres away in the Zeeland town. Since then, Syrco Bakker has been at the helm using the treasures of the Zeeland region. Michelin said the ‘creative marriage of the sea and the treasures of the region imagined by chef Syrco Bakker is impressive and dishes display a rare magnetic quality with a taste experience that is deliciously disconcerting.
Sergio Herman also has a one Michelin star restaurant in Cadzand called Air Republic as well as a new restaurant Blueness at the Strand Hotel in Cadzand which also houses Pure C.
On Sabero Michelin said Nico Boreas opened Sabero in Roermond last spring and immediately hit the mark with his technical knowledge and sense of finesse. As such, the restaurant has now received two stars, confirming Boreas’s position among the outstanding Dutch chefs.
There are now 89 one-starred restaurants in the Netherlands in total. At Derozario in Helmond, Jermain De Rozario puts his own spin on Indonesian cuisine. At Restaurant Monarh in Tilburg, Paul Kappe woos diners with his modern cuisine infused with intense flavors, just like Jeroen Brouwer at De Loohoeve in Schoonloo and Thomas Van Santvoort at Flicka in Kerkdriel. The intensity of flavors is also what characterizes the inventiveness deployed by Jim and Mike Cornelissen at Rijnzicht in Doornenburg, and it’s the delicacy of the dishes offered at OONIVOO in Uden. For lovers of good food in luxury surroundings, Bougainville in Amsterdam, and Voltaire in Leersum are absolute musts says Michelin.
Of the other new restaurants receiving a star, there are some familiar names. Menno Post (Olivijn, Haarlem), Wim Severein (The Millèn, Rotterdam), and Richard Van Oostenbrugge and Thomas Groot (Restaurant 212, Amsterdam) are among them. After having made their names in renowned establishments, they have decided to be the masters of their own destiny and are already showing lots of promise. In addition, Danny Tsang, from O&O in Sint Willebrord, demonstrates that consistency pays with his creative Asian cuisine.