Restaurant Reviews

The drawback of knowing how to cook yourself is that the food at many restaurants disappoints. I enjoy cooking so much, that in many cases I rather spend the money on ingredients and wine and do my own thing. When we do go out to eat, we like to go to restaurants where the food is special. Those are often, but certainly not always, restaurants with Michelin stars. When I go out to eat mainly to experience the food (rather than just to chat with friends), I will post a review on my blog. Below is an overview of all the reviews I have posted, organized by location. The restaurants that I recommend specially are indicated as such. I’ve only indicated restaurants as recommended that I think are worth traveling for, so there are many very good ones among the others as well. The *, ** and *** indicate the number of Michelin stars a restaurant had at the time of my visit.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Spectrum** (formerly Librije’s Zusje**), recommended

Bussia, recommended









Bord’eau** (2015),?Bord’eau**?(December 2013),?Bord’Eau* (July 2013), has a different chef now



Netherlands, outside of Amsterdam

Zwolle: Librije*** (2015),?Librije*** (2014),?Librije***?(2013), De?Librije***?(2012),?recommended

Vaassen (near Apeldoorn):?De Leest***?(2014), De Leest*** (2016), now closed?

Zeeland:?De Kromme?Watergang**, Inter Scaldes**,?Inter Scaldes***


Utrecht: Karel V, Podium onder de Dom

Noord-Holland: Red Chilli

Italy, Sardegna


Recommended places to eat in Sardegna:

  • Alghero: Maristella
  • Alghero: La Saletta
  • Alghero wine bar with many wines by the glass: SardOa Aperitivo di Vino
  • Cala Gonone: DuePi
  • Cala Gonone (up in the mountains outside of Dorgali): Ispinigoli
  • Calasetta: La Perla
  • Palau: Pasta e Vino
  • Palau: C’era una volta
  • Palau wine bar with many wines by the glass: Rosso & Bianco

Italy, Toscana

Enoteca Pinchiorri***

Recommended: Il Merlo, Camaiore

Italy, Veneto

Le Calandre***

Laite*, recommended


Italy, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia

Ai Cacciatori, recommended

Agli Amici**

Italy, Sicily

La Gazza?Ladra*

La?Madia**, recommended


Officina del Gusto Bye Bye?Blues


Tischi?Toschi, recommended

Italy, Liguria

Varazze:?La Mola

Italy, Piemonte


Alba: Piazza Duomo***, recommended

Italy, Campania

Vico Equense:?La Torre del?Saracino**, recommended

Italy, Lombardia

Near Milano: Devero*

Locanda delle Grazie

Italy, Emilia-Romagna

Bagno di Romagna: Locanda al Gambero Rosso?(closed)

Torriana: Povero Diavolo*, recommended

Italy, Abruzzo

Roseto degli Abruzzi: Vecchia Marina

Castel di Sangro: Reale***

Italy, Umbria

Between Todi and Orvieto: Vissani**

Italy, Alto Adige/Südtirol





Girona:?El Celler de Can?Roca***?(2012), El Celler de Can Roca*** (2016),?recommended


Tenerife:?Dining on Costa Adeje,?Tenerife

San Sebastian: Berasategui***

Bilbao: Azurmendi***

Between San Sebastian and Bilbao: Etxebarri*



France, Corsica

Recommended restaurants:

  • Ajaccio: Neptune Plage
  • Bastia: L’Ardoise
  • Bastia: Grazie Mille
  • Bastia for wine and charcuterie (apéritif): L’Antigu or Roba Nostra
  • Bonifacio: L’Archivolto
  • Porto Ota: A Stretta
  • Propriano: Terra Cotta


Barossa Valley:?Hentley Farm

United States

Chicago:?Alinea***, recommended

Salt Lake City:?Fleming’s Steakhouse, Salt Lake?City

Deadwood, SD:?Gem Steakhouse


Halmstad:?Pio Country?Club


Mosel, Piesport: Schanz* (now **), Schanz***, recommended

Bergisch Gladbach (near K?ln): Vend?me***

Wolfsburg (near Hannover): Aqua***, recommended for wine lovers


Stockholm, Frantzén**

5 thoughts on “Restaurant Reviews

  1. Hi Stefan, I highly recommend Vila Joya in Albufeira, Portugal to you. I really don’t know how to describe it in a professional way, but I enjoyed it sooooooooooooooooo much! And not because it’s a two Michelin stars restaurant, but because the food, the service, the surroundings are amazing to me!


  2. Hey Stefan. Have you ever been to the Spijshuys de Dis in Delft? My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed our meals there…

    Been following your site for a long time now. Keep up the great work!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks, Sean. I have only been to Delft once and that was almost 20 years ago. This is the second time someone mentions Spijshuys de Dis to me, so I will surely remember it next time I go there.


Leave a comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.