Yesterday was our wedding anniversary. Our third to be exact. Since our first one we have developed a tradition, which we have now made official. We do blame our parents for this tradition, something they sort of accept that they started.
On our wedding day we were, as is tradition, presented with a present from our parents. As we lived together and we not exactly of the starters kind we simply had everything we wanted and needed. So it was a mission for them. In the end they arrived with the perfect wedding present. A stay in the Librije Hotel and dinner at the three Michelin star restaurant on our first anniversary. What a present! So totally us. Our second anniversary we did in a similar style with a visit to the Zwethheul and a tradition was born. On our anniversary, we decided, we’d always try to eat at a michelin star restaurant. Number of stars irrelevant.
This year we had an additional issue with it being a Monday, traditionally a lot of restaurants are closed then. Plus we had SO’s new job to celebrate, so we thought two stars is an idea. We ended up at Parkheuvel, two stars and not far away. As a side note, we are in the very happy position that we have a fair few very good starred restaurant within an hours drive from home. Parkheuvel and Zwethheul have an interesting history together in trading chefs, but that was back in 2006 I think, so sort of ancient history.
What we did not realise is that Parkheuvel is near the river and through the window we actually had a view of Hotel New York where we’d had our wedding reception and our ever first date. How cool is that? For us it was an icing on the cake.
Both SO and I decided to go for the new signature menu, which allowed us a range of dishes from the menu, as it was the first time we visited this restaurant. We were not disappointed.
- We started with a range of amuses and we noticed that head chef Erik van Loo does understand his mousse and airy stuff. We had the lightest mouse, the meltiest macarons, sesame cannelloni cookies, etc really nice. The we had a mousse that I can’t remember what it was called, just that it was a feast on the tongue. I could have lived with another portion or two, three of that.
- Our first real course was a quartet of crustacean pieces. North sea carb, Stellendam shrimp, Lobster and the one shellfish; warm scallops. Maginigcent blend of texture and taste. We really loved it.
- Then we had coquille with potatosalad. Yummy, fresh salad with the warm perfect scallop on top.
- Fillet of turbot with veal cheek, celeriac, celery and a lemongrass-cinnamon sauce. Brilliant! Both SO and I voted this to be our favourite dish of the evening. The flavours blended to well and it was a feast to eat.
- Saddle of venison topped with a crust of almonds, cooking pear, black salsify, celeriac, With this there was a venison gravy with Valhrona chocolate, and port. Nice, very nice indeed. Tended meat and real winter flavours to give you that warm cosy winter feeling that is so cool.
- We finished with five types of Valhrona chocolate dishes amongst it a chocolate sorbet that was so utterly rich that I, chocolate lover, felt it too rich. SO was not fond of the chocolate jelly with orange but I liked it, because it was fun and unexpected.
- The we had an espresso coffee, with nicies, most of them chocolate, thankfully one mango/red orange jelly, which I had and were offered some additional. As impressive and yummy as they all looked, after that very rich desert chocolate was just not what I wanted.
Service was excellent and frienly. atmosphere warm, inviting yet open. About three hours after we went in, we left again. Fed to the brim we fell into bed and that was that. Our rather extravagant but oh so wonderful wedding anniversary tradition has another notch. wonder where we’ll go next year :-).