As part of the “Heerlijk10Daagse” Restaurant Festival, we had a 4 course lunch at De Bokkedoorns 2 weeks ago.
Restaurant De Bokkedoorns is located in a unique dune area very close to the Bloemendaal aan Zee beach. As we had a window table, we were enjoying the autumn sun and the view on a dune lake during lunch.
Menno Post oversees the kitchen of De Bokkedoorns, where he succeeded Lucas Rive as head chef in 2013 – after having worked under Ron Blaauw for 13 years – and held its two Michelin star stature. The style of cooking of chef Menno Post is still the based classic French cuisine that the restaurant is known for, but with modern and seasonal touches.
We had the specific 3-course Heerlijk10Daagse lunch and opted for 1 additional course (although expanding it to 5 courses with a selection from the cheese trolley was possible too). Chantal had a fully vegetarian meal and we each choose to have a “BOB” wine pairing arrangement (BOB is the Dutch acronym for a designated drivers) as half quantities of wine are already enough for a weekday lunch.
There were some minor things that were slightly “off”. We both found the oloroso sherry sauce quite acidic (Chantal also had it in her vegetarian course) and therefore overpowered our dishes, especially my veal loin. As you can see on the picture there was a watery liquid on the plate with the scallops (I suspect from the blanched and then grilled chicory). The service was correct, a bit formal, but didn’t always hit the mark. One of the waitress – who later proclaimed that she had been a vegetarian for years(!) – amusingly described the tempeh crips as “Asian thingies”. It may seem a bit nitpicky, but it’s not something that you would expect at a restaurant at this level.
Nevertheless, the food itself was really delicious, beautifully plated, creative vegetarian courses and wine pairings. For me the cod terrine was the highlight of the day; very subtle yet harmonious flavours combined with impressive techniques; and to my surprise the combination of the chicory, ham and cheese flan with the grilled scallops was amazing. The desserts, however delicious they were, turned out very large portions and were heavy. Luckily, the friandises were 4 small jellies 😀.