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A successful marriage of technical skill and brilliant produce ensures that every dish is a feast for the senses. Here, contemporary cuisine can be sav...
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Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful setting near the water, in a spacious, elegant, and comfortable dining room, with a service that is both impeccable and personable. The menu is interesting through-and-through, well balanced, sophisticated, and subtle, with innovative takes on seasonal products. The execution is bordering perfection, both technically...exceptional, and creatively genius. The whole is complemented by an extensive wine list, including an incredibly large and diverse selection by the glass, and a very good balance between established winemakers, and rising stars. I have dined in a handful of 3-Michelin-star restaurants that cannot compete with Aan de Poel. So, the 2 Michelin stars are solidly deserved, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a 3rd star in the not-too-distant future.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 24 September 2023 via mobile

…. since 15 years in Amstelveen. Located in a suburbian area of Greater Amsterdam area next to a lake ( which gives the restaurant the name ) „Aan de Poel“ stands for excellency in food and service. We chose the Chef‘s menue and had pleasure...for good 3 hours with 5 courses. 100% attentive and professional service guaranteed. The food anyway is amazing. Pictures included.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 7 May 2023 via mobile

Excellent and innovative cooking by an enthusiastic friendly chef. Many minor problems. Our table was poor and clearly the worst. My wife had a good view of the toilets. (Two Michelin stars?). The table seemed like an addition. Almost every other table for two had...a pleasant orientation looking out towards the river. Ours did not. The wine waiter / head waiter suggested glasses of open wine rather than the glasses on the wine list. They were very good wines but the final prices were very high. Why do this? We received the pre-dessert before the cheese (??). On querying this, the waiter said that this was the usual sequence. Unfortunately we have eyes and could see that this odd sequence happened at no other table. Two stars. Really? Petit fours choices at all tables (except two) appeared on a trolley. At our table they lay awkwardly on a high shelf between us and the adjacent table (a shelf that, incidentally, was unique to our table and the adjacent one). Again, a query to the waiter yielded an evasive answer suggesting a lack of space. Again, we do have eyes. Plenty of space for the trolley was available. The “head” (?) sommelier introduced himself to us then absented himself from our meal, apart from rushing past multiple times and shipping bottles away. I believe my wife commented and that we received a substantial discount on the very high “open wine” prices. But… Summary: One of the best meals I have eaten but with patchy service support. Chef: please stop letting yourself down. You are worth more than that.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 16 January 2023 via mobile

This is not only the best restaurant in Amsterdam it is one of the best anywhere - top to bottom perfection. Particularly of note was an amazing sommelier who had exquisite taste and amazing confidence

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 15 July 2022 via mobile

Fantastic. Fantastic. Fantastic. You would think a two star Michelin restaurant is stuffy, but this is one of our favorite restaurants in Holland by a looooong shot. Great service, not pretentious, all around tops!!

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 20 May 2022 via mobile

I’ve been few times to this restaurant and it’s one of my favourite Michelin around Amsterdam. It has a very nice atmosphere, pretty cozy but also business oriented and the dishes are all the time according to the expectations. The view of the lake also...ads points to the whole experience.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 4 November 2021 via mobile

My wife and I rarely repeat a restaurant. But Aan de Poel is certainly worth it. We were there Nov/15 and I could never stop thinking about the dinner we had. After six years we tried lunch this time as we wanted to check out...the amazing lake view. We enjoyed every one of the four meals/dishes we had. The main highlights were the scallops (maybe best ever) and the guinea fowl. Service was impecable. Perfect presentation. Simply amazing and met the already high expectations set the previous time we were there. And the price was very fair. Will be back next time in the Netherlands. Threepeat!More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 29 September 2021 via mobile

For two stars you expect a little bit more finesse. Missing finishing touches, especially in the service. Slight lack of communication. Restaurant also starting to look a little dated. Nevertheless, a beautiful location with sublime food. The food is definitely two star. Pricy but worth...it.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 10 July 2021

Superb location, dining inside and outside possible. We ate outside and when the wind picked up slightly they added glass barriers so that we were able to maintain the idyllic view over the lake (great solution). We went with the 4 course chef's menu and...were not disappointed. The menu varies but what we were served was delicious, creative and had an attractive presentation. Service was excellent. This is one of those top restaurants that we will come back to. In other words, absolutely recommended.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 26 June 2021 via mobile

The first day restaurants reopened after the lockdown in the Netherlands we choose to visit two Michelin star restaurant Aan de Poel in Amstelveen. Aan de Poel has a chic but warm interior where the huge wildflower bouquets are the true eye-catchers, the outside terrace...is even more lovely , right on the waterside. The weather is luckily good enough to sit outside, which are the rules in the Netherlands for Covid-19 now: only lunch outside between 12-6 We got seated in a more quiet corner which I always request to not attract too much attention when I make pictures. Once seated we got welcomed by both owners : Chef Stefan van Sprang and maître-sommelier Robbert Veuger who both worked for Ron Blaauw in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel. They got their first star in 2009 and their second in 2013. We are really happy to have lunch, and all of the staff is really happy to be able to serve again, so let’s start! I think that the wine menu counts at least 500+ wines and I decide to go for a bottle of French white wine, Limoux 2019, I like the bitterness at the end of a bottle of 2019 that the ones of 2018 does not have. We are getting spoiled with the first two amuses: one of Potato with a salade of white asparagus and capers and one of Prawn crackers with sambal creme and babi pangang sauce (which is left out at the left because of allergy restrictions). A great start I would say ; It’s asparagus season, so it has to be somewhere in your menu at least, well done in combination with the crispy prawn cracker, it gives a nice light start. Our expectations of the further courses are set. We are ready for our first course since our taste buds are tickled by the amuses. Crab salad with a slow-cooked king prawn on top, together with a cream of chives & vinaigrette of dashi broth. A great dish with exactly the right balance between softness and freshness. Can we take a second to look at their beautiful plate? It matches great with the soft colors of this dish. To continue: A parsley carrot cake in a foam of beurre blanc, topped with a nice piece of turbot. On top of the turbot some raw hamachi and dots are tarragon sauce. The turbot itself was lightly smored, tender and high in flavors, a very elegant and sync dish. After two courses that came out of the sea, we are served some meat. Entrecote, spareribs with a raspberry and fried spareribs crunch, grilled asparagus and a tandoori cream. This is absolutely delicious! And I mean, yes delicious. And then after all these wonderful and interesting savory dishes it’s time for a sweet ending. Our dessert is a delicious mousse of strawberries combined with poached rhubarb, strawberry sorbet and flakes of ruby chocolate. I asked for a not to heavy red wine for dessert and Robbert knew exactly what to bring; a 2018 Spätburgunder, a light fresh red that goes really well with fruits. To complete our menu, we get some lovely friandises presented with our coffee and tea. My conclusion; having lunch or dining in a restaurant should be an experience and a party and this party can be found at the waterside of Amstelveen in Restaurant Aan de Poel.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 29 January 2021 via mobile

Sensational. Amazing choices- perfectly made with freshest ingredients. Can only imagine how great it is in restaurant vs take away

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 15 November 2020

Because of the Covid closure we decided to order the dinerbox from Aan De Poel. The diner came packed in a big box, the ingredients were sorted per dish and well marked so easy to get going. However it would have helped if there would...have been a video to help dress the dishes, now there was only a picture that we had to work from. We started with the bread/Pata Negra ham/herb mayonaise, which was good. First dish was seabarse/orange/soy/croutons: a tasty dish, the orange and soy a nice unexpected harmony. Second dish loster with curry sirupe, mirim vinaigrette and lobster salad. The lobster salad was a complete miss, way to much mayonaise without any acidity that could have lifted the salad. This made the whole dish a disaster. A pity since the other ingredients were good, but all disappeared in the mayonnaise. The Truffel soup was a well flavoured soup, however very rich due to the cream, which after the greasy lobster salad was a bit much. The veal briket was delicious with surprising sides and the veal crumble a very nice and tasty touch. Very disappointing was the desert of caramelised pear on top of chocolade bavarois and caramel. The pear was bland, the bavarois tasted more after hazelnut than caramel and the chocolate sauce was thin as chocolate milk. I do understand it is not possible to get to the level of food as served in the restaurant, however a better selection of the dishes would help.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 7 October 2020

Me and an old friend had to catch up and used aan de Poel as it seemed to be a quiet restaurant with enough space in between tables for Covid issues. We had a three course lunch, the fourth course is the desert that we...skipped and had coffee instead. The lunch dishes are nice but on the small side, but there is plenty of bread with nice dipping and I must say that the coquille was excellent as was the deer. Price wise it was fine for the two of us, we didn't have wine and spend 150 euro. The staff was nice and the chef explained the menu in advance what is a nice introduction. There is enough space for parking. I would come back again.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 17 September 2020 via mobile

Fabulous food if you want to spoil yourself. Sunday lunch is amazing. Great service, nice wine and free parking.

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 22 August 2020 via mobile

Celebrated my husband birthday in Jul there for a nice lunch! First, I like their decor in the restaurant with waterfront view, calm and peaceful while good space inside with elegant decor. Second, the service was attentive, professional and friendly. Third, food was great with...creative texture, taste and amazing beautiful presentation! Good pairing wine with unique wine. A place for celebration, nice relax fine dining experience and good wine.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Not many if you go with the main menu where u taste many dishes. But I highly recommend u to call the restaurant before and let them know that, so the chef can prepare vegan options for u. He will certainly do that :)
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We can adjust our menu to your dietary wishes, and we'd be happy to welcome you for your 40th!
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