The coveted Michelin star is one of the highest accolades awarded to any chef or restaurant. It guarantees impeccable service, a beautiful setting and, above all, delicious and thoughtful food that makes the most of every ingredient. Holland provides a wealth of Michelin-starred dining options, and we’ve picked four of our very favourites
Holland may not be the first place to come to mind when it comes to high-end dining, so it’s a welcome surprise to discover quite how many highly rated restaurants it actually has. Amsterdam alone currently boasts 25 Michelin-starred restaurants, while Rotterdam lays claim to seven and The Hague area is home to five – impressive numbers for a small country.
Whether they offer French fine dining or traditional Dutch fare with a modern twist, Holland’s impressive roster of celebrated restaurants deserve to be near the top of the list of things to explore while in the Netherlands.
Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum aims to tell the story of the Netherlands, a nation whose identity has been shaped not just by its natives but also by influences from across the world. Its Michelin-starred restaurant, Rijks, aims to do the same through food. Wherever possible, ingredients are sourced locally, and dishes combine this excellent Dutch produce with flavours from across the world. The culture and cuisine of the Netherlands is known for its ability to embrace new and foreign elements, so a meal at Rijks really is a taste of the nation.
Rijks, Museumplein 2, 1070 DN Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 674 7555
Joelia opened in 2015 and was almost immediately awarded its star. Founded by locally celebrated chef Mario Ridder, it is one of Rotterdam’s most sophisticated eateries, with a menu focused on classic French cuisine served in a refined, contemporary way. Its dishes have been widely praised for presenting flavours in a clear and harmonious fashion, with popular options including the curried lobster with fregola pasta, and wagyu beef served with shallots and fruit. The impressive wine list is one of the real standout features of the place. With close to 9,000 bottles, there’s a wine for every dish to please every palate.
Joelia, Coolsingel 5, 3012 AA Rotterdam, +31 (0)10 710 8034
In the heart of Amsterdam’s famous De Negen Straatjes shopping area, Vinkeles is a gastronomic gem. The restaurant was awarded its Michelin star in 2009 and its fine-dining focus, which marries traditional French cuisine with a touch of Dutch ingenuity, has made it one of the city’s best-loved restaurants. Housed in a former bakery built in the 18th century, the elegantly restored building provides the perfect backdrop for a menu of contemporary takes on classic dishes, including scallops served with celeriac, macadamia nuts, blackcurrant, smoked marrow and mushrooms, and Anjou pigeon breast served with preserved blackberries, beetroot liquorice and a sauce made from pigeon stock and duck liver. For a special experience, opt to sit at the chef’s table and indulge in a seven-course menu prepared in front of you.
Vinkeles, Keizersgracht 384, 1016 GB Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 530 2010
Calla’s has been the gold standard for fine dining in The Hague for almost two decades, having won its Michelin star in 2002. Praised for its focus on the highest quality fresh ingredients, many of which are grown in the restaurant’s own garden, the restaurant offers refined, creative French cuisine. The seafood is the real highlight, with Zeeland flat oysters served with langoustines and sustainably farmed Dutch caviar on the list of starters, and turbot with beetroot and celeriac a popular main course from the à la carte menu. For those looking for the full Calla’s experience, the Allure and Prestige set menus showcase the kitchen’s talents with options such as poached North Sea sole served with celeriac, and pineapple with pandan leaf, coconut and lemongrass sorbet.
Calla’s, Laan van Roos en Doorn 51A, 2514 BC The Hague, +31 (0)70 345 5866