De Zwaan Etten-Leur (*) (NL) (8,4 out of 10)

Having an unexpected dinner this summer at one of the best known restaurants in the Netherlands, at least for the southern part.

Not knowing about my hobby, I was invited here fot a 4 course meal, and what a treat it was. This 1 Michelin star restaurant deserves it name, the Swan, being elegant and strong and living up tp all expectations.

Unfortunately, being taken by surprise, I am without my camera and have to rely on my Samsung mobile camera…

What did I eat?

  • Salmon, pickled in seaweed, wasabi, avocado, sabai vinegar (NJAM!)
  • Plaice fillet, braised chuck roll, cauliflower
  • Lamb, grilled white aspergus, couscous, ras-el-hanout
  • Strawberry Romanov, “Hangop”, Merengue

 

Good / Bad points:

  • +++ Cosy Atmosphere
  • +++ Full contact, happy and social staff from waiter till chef
  • +++ Balanced meal
  • — Off to a slow start, could not find our reservation, and a change of people seemed difficult…

Points:

  1. Food, great starter, loved the salmon, perfect balance in sweet sour spice, just a match made in heaven! Also great fish and Lamb. However for me the lamb was a bit common and the garnish was not in harmony. Missed a combining link. Strawberry in the end was okay, but the merengue was pre produced, very hard and way too much, overpowered everything…. 8.8 out of 10
  2. Coziness, Beautiful surrounding, warm mix of modern furniture and art with some classic design. Great chairs and a good vibe! Maybe just a bit too light? 8.7 out of 10
  3. Staff, started terrible, I guess 1 or 2 new girls maybe? But when the “patron” came to the rescue, it all went significantly better…. ended with a meeting with the chef. 7.9 out of 10
  4. Price, I don’t have a clue, but looking at the internet, it is fairly priced, maybe even on the lower side…. so I will give a 8 out of 10

Overall ending with a very strong 8,4

 

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