Time flies during the summer holidays! I have some catching up to do. As part of the “Dining with the Stars” Restaurant weeks mid-late June, we had lunch at De Burgemeester* in Linschoten. Restaurant De Burgemeester is located in a quaint little countryside town of Linschoten, only a couple of kilometers south off the A12 highway at Woerden.

De Burgemeester was awarded a Michelin Star in 2010, received 16 (out of 20) point from Gault Millau and is a member of the Alliance Gastronomique. Sander Spruijt and Anne Hövels took over as owners of the restaurant earlier this year. A young and enthusiastic duo that are nevertheless quite experienced: Sander having been in charge of the kitchen of De Burgemeester as from 2013 also gained experience at De Nederlanden* in Vreeland and Ciel Bleu** in Amsterdam. Anne learned the ropes as a hostess at Ciel Bleu**, de Swarte Ruijter* in Holten, de Basiliek* in Harderwijk and La Provence* in Driebergen.

We had their Dining With The Stars surprise lunch menu and opted for the additional cheese course. Chantal had the vegetarian menu, and we each choose to have a wine pairing arrangement (half glasses for me). I only made some mental notes, so this one is purely on recollection, but these pictures should give you a good idea of the culinary skills that are displayed at De Burgemeester.

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Appetizers: “Hollandse Nieuwe” (first of season herring), sea urchin jelly, peanut cookies with curry sauce, a hearty macaron and some feather-light choux buns with a delicious kaffir lime sauce. A great starter to go with the local beer (“Hop Art” by Van de Streek Bier) and the bubbly (a “Brut Tradition” by Yannick Vauthier)
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1st course (v): Cauliflower
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1st course: Oyster
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2nd appetizer: Balsamic pickled mushrooms
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2nd course: Mackerel
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2nd course (v): Salad
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3rd course (v): Asparagus & Truffle (and great Pommes Soufflées!)
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3rd course: Fish & Broccoli
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4th course: 3 preparations of Lamb
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4th course (v): Mushroom & Carrots
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Cheeseboard (for 1, served for 2, that we paired with a 1966 Tawny Port by Barros)
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Dessert: Cucumber and Yoghurt
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After dinner nibbles to go with the coffee and tea: nougat, canelé, macaron, chocolate, jelly & eclair

The food itself was really delicious, beautifully plated, and creative. All courses were full-on flavor-wise and paired with some very lovely wines. Combine this with a friendly and knowledgeable service, this a restaurant that we’ll definitely be visiting again.

The lunch menu set us back EUR 205, including aperitif, extra cheese course, wine pairings (including the port), water and coffee/tea.

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