the heart of Amsterdam there are two very special restaurants
that are linked by more than a doorway leading between each
other, the two restaurants, En Pluche and Le Garage are
both owned by Dutch TV cooking personality Joop Braakhekke!
Joop welcomes us into his En Pluche eatery, where we learn
all about this tapas-style restaurant, covered in red
velvet booths and mini-tv monitors that play classic movies
all the time.
amazing thing about En Pluche, besides its incredible
dining faire, is that the kitchen itself is actually a
tiny, modular set up, with Chef Danny Koster cooking up
a storm in this most efficient work space!
the freshly Smoked Carpaccio, to the Pad Thai and Vegetarian
Samosa, Corn Dogs with Spicy Red Sauce En Pluche recipes
have distinct spices and beautiful presentations that
make for some delicious dining experiences. The ambiance
of En Pluche and it’s open bar area is so warm and
inviting, creating an atmosphere of coziness that makes
one instantly relax and work up quite an appetite!
next door, Le Garage offers a world class menu with Chef
Lex Kok managing all of the delicious recipes under his
control. We were fortunate enough to partake in the full
courses starting off with a Pasta Penne with Parmesan
and Snail/Mushroom Tapenade and Sesame Encrusted Bass,
to a Monk Fish braised with Taragon Sauce and Peas and
finishing with the house specialty dessert of Crème
Brule, each seared outdoors with a piping hot antique
iron! Wow man, this place is far out!
between the two restaurants there is a majestic ball room,
where Joop played his grand piano for us a bit, while
showing us so much warmth and hospitality. Later that
evening, watching Joop work his way from the kitchen to
the tables, shaking hands with all the guests in his restaurants,
giving each and every table a healthy portion of his undivided
attention, it’s clear to see why Joop is such a
star in Amsterdam, and why his restaurants are known around