My wife had been wanting to try this restaurant in Venlo, The Netherlands for some time.  We decided to book a reservation for Valentines Day.

Soft shell crab

The restaurant offered a special Valentines menu for the evening, but my wife is a vegan, so the menu was not suitable for her.  Fortunately the Sous Chef was more than able to prepare an excellent vegan four-course menu for my wife.

The evening was absolutely spectacular.  The Sous Chef came out with every course and explained to both of us what they had prepared.  I have to say that this restaurant is on a Michelin Star level.  The food was absolutely spectacular, the wine pairings were spot on and the service was absolutely first rate.


If you get the chance to visit the charming town of Venlo, The Netherlands please give this restaurant a try. I believe you will be very pleased.

A fabulous dessert
Oude Markt 30
5911 HH Venlo
The Netherlands
Telephone: +31 77 320 7234
Hours: Open Thursday & Friday from 16:00 to midnight and Saturday & Sunday from 12:00 to midnight, closed Monday through Wednesday


Wine Restaurant Mes Amis in Maastricht

Maastricht is a city in the Netherlands not far from the border with Germany.  It’s a very beautiful city with lots of charming places to visit, lots of city squares lined with excellent restaurants and brasseries, good shopping and fabulous dining experiences.  We found a charming restaurant called Wine Restaurant Mes Amis.  So far we’ve been there twice and both times we’ve had a fabulous meal and a great dining experience.  What I like about this restaurant is of course the gourmet food.

Mes Amis Maastricht

But I also like that they offer a nice selection of wines from the surrounding area.  Wines from the Netherlands – yes, they are quite good.  The other thing I like about this restaurant is the fixed menu; but you can also have the menu prepared with vegan options.  This you don’t find very often, but I must say that they do an excellent job with the vegan option menu.  You may select a menu with 4, 5, 6 or even 7 courses!

The service is impeccable.  The owner of the restaurant is often there to greet the guests and the servers are very attentive and professional.

Appetizer – Seafood medley

We started with a couple of glasses of sparkling wine.  The restaurant offered us an amuse bouche which went quite well with our sparkling wine.  The dinner can be served with wine flights to perfectly accompany each course.  Each course is an absolute delight and the presentations are very elegant.  Here are a few photos from our last trip there.  The owner and the staff are very friendly and do everything possible to make your dining experience enjoyable.  We are very happy to have found this gourmet restaurant in Maastricht.  If you are visiting Maastricht, I highly recommend that you give this restaurant a try.  Reservations are absolutely necessary.

Main course Beef Tenderloin
Dessert – Mousse, ice cream and other heavenly flavours.








Wijnrestaurant Mes Amis
Tongersestraat 5
6211 LL Maastricht
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Telephone: +31 43 325 7866
Hours: Lunch 12:00 – 14:00 Wednesday to Saturday, Dinner from 17:30 – 22:00 Wednesday to Monday, Closed on Tuesday


Motown Music Cafe

My wife and I are always looking for new restaurants.  We recently moved to Kempen, Germany and have found a little gem of a restaurant in Venlo, The Netherlands, just across the German border.  We were visiting a local night spot in Venlo one day, and we asked the bartender where we could find good Sushi in Venlo.  Without hesitation he recommended the Motown Music Cafe.  He said you’ve got to go and see Eddie.  He makes fantastic Sushi there.  So here are some pics of our first visit to the Motown Music Café.  Sushi Chef Eddie Siang offers some of the best and most creative Sushi creations that I have ever had the pleasure of eating.  His Sushi rolls are more than an wonderful culinary experience; they are magnificent examples of creativity and his love for the art of preparing Sushi.

Motown Music Cafe - Unagi Roll and Salmon Roll
Motown Music Cafe – Unagi Roll and Salmon Roll
Motown Music Cafe - Tsunami Roll
Motown Music Cafe – Tsunami Roll

The restaurant has a Motown Music theme and sits on a beautiful square in downtown Venlo.  Around the corner from the restaurant is a lovely inner harbour near the river Maas.  If you’re ever in the area near Venlo and are looking for a really special Sushi experience, I highly recommend the Motown Music Café.  Eddie’s Sushi is available for dinner only; usually after 6:00 p.m.

Motown Music Café
Oude Markt 8
5911HG Venlo
Telephone: +31-614687824

Restaurant Blauw Utrecht

A friend of ours recommended this Indonesian restaurant in Utrecht to us and I am sure glad that he did.  We made a reservation for the early seating ( 6 to 8:45 p.m.).  The second seatin goes from 9:00 to 11:45.

Restaurant Blauw offers a variety of Indonesian specialties.  They offer a trio of rice tables (rijsttafels) – meat, fish, vegetarian which are very popular.  My wife opted for the vegetarian rice table.  I selected the Daging Rendang, which is one of my favorite Indonesian dishes.  Both meals came with a variety of Indonesian side dishes, vegetables and rice which literally covered the whole table.  The Rendang was unbelievable – delicious chunks of beef that had been marinated and slowly cooked in Indonesian spices.  It was hot and spicy – just the way it should be.

If you would like to try authentic Indonesian cuisine, I can highly recommend restaurant Blauw.  They have locations in both Amsterdam and Utrecht.

Restaurant Blauw Utrecht
Springweg 64
3511 VT Utrecht
Telephone: 31 (0)30-234 24 63



Brasserie FLO Amsterdam

Located just a few steps off the Rembrandtplein (Rembrandt Square), Brasserie FLO is a wonderful French restaurant with an excellent menu and wine list.  If you like fresh seafood, i.e. Le Plateau de Fruits de Mer, this is the place.  When entering the restaurant you will pass the display of all the fresh seafood of the day.  Yummy.

I had the French onion soup for a starter.  It was excellent with an aged cheese baked over the top and filled with onions in a hearty broth.  I selected another appetizer as my main course, a house smoked salmon served over warm potato salad with a mustard sabayon.  Delicious!  If you like smoked salmon, you will love this dish.  My wife had the vegetarian cannelloni with spinach and mushrooms and a morel sauce.  She thought the dish was amazing.  It was artfully presented and the taste was superb.

They have a very nice French wine list.  We started with a glass of Chablis and then enjoyed a glass of Cote de Rhone with our main courses.

We used all the restraint we could muster not to have dessert.  But I must say the dessert menu was filled with lovely French specialties.

When visiting Amsterdam, I can highly recommend a visit to Brasserie FLO.

Brasserie FLO
Amstelstraat 9
1017 DA Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Telephone: 31 (0)20-890 47 57

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