Delicious dining on a deserted movie set
TEXT: JULIËN L’ORTYE | PHOTO © STELLA GOMMANS
Have you ever had the desire to dine in a movie set? If the answer is yes, then we have got some good news for you. In the Dutch capital of Amsterdam, the deserted movie set of the television series All-In Kitchen has been turned into a real restaurant.
Marketing manager Gilbert den Hertog is the first to admit that it was quite a cheeky move, especially since it is more than just a publicity stunt for the television programme. “We had a show about a restaurant, a movie set that was once a restaurant, so why not just start a real restaurant as well?”
With such courageous ambitions, it was pretty helpful that Den Hertog was able to find a great partner in Otto Genz, a young chef with experience in Dutch starred restaurants and who wanted to start something on his own. Den Hertog: “Otto is a young chef, but he most certainly has the potential to turn every restaurant that he works in into a true gourmet temple.” When he tells us about Genz’s specialty, a dessert combining gin and tonic sweets, panna cotta and cucumber, we understand where he is coming from.
Located in the southern part of the city, close to both the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre and the Zuidas area, this “hidden pearl”, as Den Hertog likes to name it, is hard to ignore. To make it even more interesting, you are given the opportunity to play a game of poker after you have finished your dinner. If you end up with more chips than your opponent (the waiter or waitress), then the four-course meal is on the house. For the gamblers among you: this is only possible in the month of December, so you had better make those reservations quickly.
On top of the great location and the chance to eat for free, the restaurant also offers groups the chance for private dining, where they can host up to 30 people. Not an unnecessary luxury when you have a convention centre within a five-minute walk, we would say.
Being a pop-up restaurant, All in Kitchen will only be open until the beginning of 2018, so make your move!