De Zwethheul (Schipluiden, The Netherlands)

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The Place

2 Michelin star Restaurant De Zwethheul is located in the small village of Zweth, a stone’s throw from Rotterdam. The restaurant is located next to the picturesque river ‘Delftse Schie’ and water is very important for the restaurant’s philosophy.

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The best ingredients from the water enter the plates, but diners also experience the water when eating: the river is located just next to the restaurant. Guest with a table at the riverside will literally be eating within arm distance from the water. The restaurant also has a private quay and a boat and if you reserve the chef’s table, you will be invited to enjoy the aperitif and first snacks on the boat.

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The luxurious interior of De Zwethheul has seen a total transformation since chef and owner Mario Ridder took over the restaurant. The number of tables was decreased and the restaurant now offers 50 dining seats instead of 100.

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Guests enter the restaurant in the saloon, where beautiful pictures from Marc Lagrange beautify the wall.

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There are 3 dining rooms, several wine storage rooms, a lovely terrace just next to the water and a beautiful smoking room where a great collection of cigars awaits the guests.

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The Chef

Restaurant De Zwethheul is owned and managed by Chef Patron Mario Ridder. Mario was born in Amsterdam and worked in restaurants such as De Kersentuin in Amsterdam, De Bokkedoorns in Overveen and Park Hill in Rotterdam. The chef has been working in De Zwethheul since 2006 and bought the restaurant in 2008.

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The team of restaurant the Zwethheul consists out of 6 people in the kitchen and 6 in the dining rooms. Chef Patron Mario Ridder is assisted in the cooking by Sous Chef Martijn Wetsteijn. The dining rooms are led by the experienced Maître Remko Bögemann. Sommelier Robin Overdreef is in charge of the drinks and presents an impressive wine collection and great pairing wines with the menus.

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The Food

Mario Ridder cooks with recognizable ingredients and loves classic but powerful combinations. He prefers to work with local products but uses other ingredients when they are better and add value to the dish. The past few years, Mario evolved to a lighter and more balanced cooking style.

Appetizers

Home roasted peanuts

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Flan of basil, ice from tomato with Parmesan – Warm-cold with Black Angus “Creekstone”

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Tuna, sesam, curry mayonnaise and melon

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Aperitif: Champagne Laurent-Perrier Cuvée brut Rosé

Menu

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“PALING IN HET GROEN” – Eel, green herbs and vegetables
Wine: 2012 Saumur Toccata, Domaines de la Paleine & des hauts Sanziers

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Sea bass, lacquered streaky, smoked butter, leek
Wine: 2012 Chenin Blanc Sybrand Mankadan, Stellenbosch

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“ONIONS” – Structures and textures of onion
Wine: 2010  Domaine des Tours blanc, Vin de Vaucluse

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“JOSELITO” – Potato, goose liver, beet, lemon dressing
Wine: 2009 Spätburgunder, Rotweingut Adeneuer, Ahr  

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“ANJOU PIGEON” – Shallot compote
Wine: 2009 Maison Blanche Cru Bourgeois, Médoc

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Blood orange, ice of yoghurt and mint

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“Delfts blauw”, verjus/geranium/ apple/grass

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Lambada strawberries

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Mango/chocolate/chili/caramel

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Wine: Grüner Veltliner Auslese Vinum Optimum, Weingut Rabl, Kamptal

Coffee & sweets

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‘Zwethheul Party’ to take home

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The “Belgian Taste Buds” Experience

De Zwethheul is a very interesting restaurant on a beautiful location in The Netherlands.  Chef Mario and his team offer their guests culinary pleasures with great food and delicious wines. A recommended gastronomical escape in a great setting!

Belgian Taste Buds:

–          Food Buds                                                      8.5/10

–          Wine Pairing Buds                                          8.5/10

–          Price/Quality Buds                                         7.5/10

–          Service Buds                                                 8/10

–          Experience Buds                                            9/10

De Zwethheul
Rotterdamseweg 480
2636 KB Schipluiden
The Netherlands
+31 10 470 41 66
www.zwethheul.nl

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