De Kas, Amsterdam
Netherlands 1097 DE
Tel: 31 20 462 4562
Concierge.com's insider take:
In early 2001, Amsterdam's municipal (plant) nurseries from the early 20th century in Frankendael Park became this hip, happy glasshouse restaurant, and despite being a few minutes out of town (take tram #9 to the Hogeweg stop), the buzz has been consistently high ever since. That's because owner Gert-Jan Hageman and chef Ronald Kunis (alum of River Café London and Moosewood Café in Ithaca, NY) are passionate growers and sourcers, as well as sorcerers, of food. Among the tables, bright by day, romantic by night, stand olive and kumquat trees, and just beyond the glass walls, tomorrow's dinner still grows: rows of herbs, berries, and veg. Meat and fish are organic or wild and also local, if not actually visible from your table. Meals are prix fixe, and a more elaborate multicourse tasting menu is served at the coveted chefs' table in the kitchen; there is also outside seating in summer.
Open Mondays through Fridays noon to 2:30 pm and 6:30 to 10 pm, Saturdays 6:30 to 10 pm.