Friday 11 September 2015

In Love of good Food – Oriental Gastrobar by Ron Blaauw

In our job we always look for great inspiration. A lot of our interior projects are made around cooking…and food from amazing kitchens.

A couple of months ago we have visited the newly opened Oriental Gastrobar of Ron Blaauw. After running a Michelin star restaurant he opened this lower threshold restaurant close to the Leidseplein in Amsterdam. We were not disappointed neither about the food or the interior. It is a place worth visiting in Amsterdam.

by Residence

For lovers of Chinese food and kitchen it is a place worth a trip. The traditional dishes referring to the old Chines kitchen are served with elegance and sometimes in a fantasy way.

The Chinese food varies tremendously by region: Sichuan cuisine is spicy, Shangdong cuisine is generally salty and crispy, and Cantonese cuisine is sweet, for example. We believe here is a bit of all.

China is very famous for its dumplings. The dumplings can be fried or boiled, but the most common way of cooking them is to steam them. We could not miss the Dim Sum Ron Blaau’s style. We have tried the scallops and chicken both to be advised.

One of China's most famous dishes is Beijing Roast Duck. As always could not resist trying it. It was very good, but not the best we had. The Beijing Roast Duck used to be eaten only by the emperor, but these days everyone loves it. Traditionally you eat it with pancakes, cucumber slices and plum sauce. Here we got it served additionally with green onions. Our complements go to the pancakes, which were great.

Further we have tired the summer bean salad with tofu, soft shell crab with king brown mushroom and coconut and more … all very delicious. The dessert was to die for.

The interior design and custom made kitchen furniture is rather dark with beautiful light accents making it a bit mysterious. The main focus point is dark marble bar in the middle with a bras front frame giving the oriental touch. The bras wall dividers with the same motive are placed in different parts of the restaurant.  The main part of decoration here are well-chosen lamps giving a scattered light and creating nice wall shadows. The interior and interior design is now overwhelmed with oriental touches keeping it to minimum.

By Residence

Great night, great company  & amazing food!

XXX Marta