Kanu at the 2 Michelin Star Restaurant, De Bokkedoorn, in Holland
It was the end of July, on a cool and slightly wet
Sunday afternoon, when we drove through the beautiful town of Overveen, to De
Bokkedoorns. A Michelin starred
restaurant famous for both chef and sommelier alike.
I had heard so much about the restaurant’s food and I was dying to eat
there. Finally the moment had presented
The previous Friday Kanu had the opportunity to present our wines to
Pieter Bruins, the famous Master Sommelier.
Pieter is known for being ruthlessly honest in his opinion on wines,
which made me just a tad bit nervous
at the idea of meeting him. Kanu’s wines
have been acknowledged over the years for their superb quality, so that was not
the issue... In my mind he was going to be
another “Ratatouille” critic… Ruthless… And mean…
With bags under his eyes...
To say the least, my expectations were completely wrong. De Bokkedoorns is a beautiful restaurant
overlooking a pond with swans - quite idyllic.
Pieter Bruins is a tall, friendly man with grey hair and warm eyes. He
was fascinating to listen to... His
knowledge of wine surpasses anything I have ever heard. And he loved our wines! When you grow up on a farm and love it as
much as we do, it may sometimes seem that you are biased in your love for the
wines. This is why it is so great to be
recognised at awards. Or to be
recognised by a world famous sommelier, like Pieter! He loved our wines! Not to
mention the KCB! All he could say was:
“Wow! These wines are something different…
Where do I find it in Europe?”
And so it came that I was invited to lunch with friends at De
Bokkedoorns on Sunday, for a Kanu paired menu they had designed especially for
us! As we arrived, the skies opened up
and the sun poured through; a promise of
what the rest of the day will hold...
From the moment we set foot in the restaurant, we were treated like
celebrities. This was awesome, as
everyone else in the restaurant is treated exactly the same. No wonder they have so many service awards
under their belt. And then the food
started pouring in... Perfectly matched
with Kanu wines...
De Bokkedoorns amuse
Kanu Viognier 2010
North Sea crab, poached lobster, cream of "matcha" tea, sea cockles
and mussels with cream of oyster
Kanu KCB 2009
snapper with braised squid, sardine and roasted Saint-Jacques scallop, rouille,
pointed peppers and jus bouillabaisse
Kanu Shiraz 2005
bass with cauliflower, buttermilk, pan seared Foie Gras and summer truffle
Kanu Merlot 2012
Texel lamb with confit lamb shoulder, black olive muffin, terrine roasted
lamsnek and lamb jus
Kanu Keystone 2005
chocolate ganache with yuzu, seasonal fruit, a raspberry marshmallow, basil ice
cream and elderflower sorbet.
Kanu Kia Ora 2008
Fresh mint tea
way to end another wonderful trip in Holland.
to view the De Bokkedoorns Restaurant in pictures.