De Burgemeester* – Linschoten (June 2016)

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 with a Michelin Star in 2010, received 16 (out of 20) point from Gault Millau and is 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 being 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 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.

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. Great starter to go with the local beer (“Hop Art” by Van de Streek Bier) and the bubbly (a “Brut Tradition” by Yannick Vauthier)
1st course (v): Cauliflower
1st course: Oyster
2nd appetizer: Balsamic pickled mushrooms
2nd course: Mackerel
2nd course (v): Salad
3rd course (v): Asparagus & Truffle (and great Pommes Soufflées!)
3rd course: Fish & Broccoli
4th course: 3 preparations of Lamb
4th course (v): Mushroom & Carrots
Cheese board (for 1, served for 2, that we paired with a 1966 Tawny Port by Barros)
Dessert: Cucumber and Yoghurt
After dinner nibbles to go with the coffee and tea: nougat, cannelle, macaron, chocolate, jelly & eclair

The food itself was really delicious, beautifully plated and creative. All courses were full-on flavour-wise and paired with some very nice wines. Combine this with the very 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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