Meat lovers and conference-goers rejoice! The RAI is now one mega-meaty menu richer. The brainchild of Michiel Deenik (previously known for the other other white meat, fish that is, at Visaandeschelde across the street), ROAST pairs its sausages and burgers with a dramatic industrial interior. (The butcher does his work in a teal-rimmed glass box.) The slow-braised Wagyu beef with pumpkin, mushroom, marrow, asparagus, and bordelaise sauce; 700g côte de boeuf of choice; and other 20 or so dishes of the ROTISSERIE (the fine-dining restaurant upstairs) offer equally impressive constructions on the plates. Downstairs in the BAR, there’s a more casual brasserie-style menu, no reservations needed, with a menu of burgers (topped with stuff like foie gras and truffle mayo), ribs, a pâté of the month, and specialty beers.
Choose the future menu when you dine at this new resto from Michelin kitchen-trained Chef Michael Wolf, who has taken over the glass-enclosed former railway bridge hanging out over the water behind Centraal Station (recently vacated by pop-up Le Coq). The menu is divided into two sections: nder “Galerij” (“Gallery”), you’ll find Wolf’s proven signature dishes, like marinated pork belly with stir-fried langoustine, couscous, mint, coriander, and carrot cream in an herb jus or fried foie gras in a foie gras cream with raspberries and cabernet sauvignon vinegar. Under “Atelier,” you’ll find Wolf’s latest experiments. Feeling adventurous? Give it a try, and if you (and a bunch of others) like it, it might make it into the Gallery.
Inside, it’s the model of textured rugged minimalism. Outside, it’s got a leafy terrace in the sun. The main focus of this new Noord spot is coffee, but it also serves locally sourced lunches (think burgers and other sandwiches) and dinners (steak, tomato risotto, sea bass, etc.) as well as strong drinks. Yes, also in your coffee. (Reservation-only high teas are served on Tuesdays and Thursdays.)
After the opening of the Foodhallen led the way, the city’s culinary attention turned to hotly anticipated plans for two more indoor food markets. This is the first (in a neighborhood that really needs it), with more than 20 concrete stands selling international street food. Expect another fancier hall in a new department store opening on the Rokin in September 2016.