6 x new restaurants in Utrecht you want to go to now

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Utrecht is full of nice hotspots, but as former mayor Jan van Zanen once sighed: it is time for the city to win a Michelin star. In any case, there is no shortage of culinary ambition. In fact, so many great new restaurants have opened in Utrecht recently that we suspect that that star will be fine very soon.

6 x new restaurants in Utrecht

Six new hotspots in the Dom city where you can get your culinary appetite.

Restaurant 273

Oudegracht 273

We already announced in April that chef and owner Tommy den Hartog (he previously worked at restaurant Moon and Johannes in Amsterdam) was eager to open his restaurant 273 . He first had to sing out the lockdown, but now you can come here for a “casual culinary evening”.

The restaurant is located next to Toko Pedis (also highly recommended) and serves both a chef’s menu and à la carte. There is also an oyster bar with oyster tastings and, for example, ‘oyster “steak tartare”. If you really feel like being pampered once again, go for a seat at the Chef’s Table for a gastronomic menu of eight courses.

Building 33

Nieuwegracht 33

Restaurant Pand 33 is now located in the old city center of Utrecht, a short hop from the Dom . Four friends with 25 years of hospitality experience together opened a fresh tent in a charming, historic building. Casual hospitality is the motto here, with a menu that will make everyone happy, because in addition to fish and meat, there are also great vega and vegan options.

There is a dish of gently cooked pork belly with dashi, mushrooms and silver onion alongside roasted kohlrabi with beet, little gem, orange and sea banana. We suspect that many meat eaters here will go for the vegetarian options, because you just want to taste ideas like dry aged pumpkin.

forty8

Biltstraat 48

In the Biltstraat in Utrecht there is another sympathetic tent that opened in August. At Forty8 the Konro barbecue is always on (for dishes such as Butterfly Poussin with zucchini & lemon, a whole sea bream and cauliflower steaks with salsa verde), Negronis and Espresso Martinis are shaken and there are a lot of tasty bites to share with your table mates.

Holtkamp’s shrimp croquettes are on the menu (with ravigotte sauce and lime), as well as brioche with Dutch shrimps, avocado, apple & sriracha or rillettes de canard with Amsterdam pickle and sourdough toast. The dishes are inspired by Italian and French cuisine, dinner & drinks are served from Thursday to Sunday.

conrad

Front Street 14

Restaurant Koenraad is such a cozy place where you can see yourself crawling on the green velvet couch in front of the fireplace with a drink in hand. The menu is intriguing: seasonal, with sustainability in mind and a touch of quirkiness. Think of a dish like ‘Dutch hamachi’ with avocado, kohlrabi and roasted jalapeño, Fiore dumpling with celeriac and lovage or octopus with black rice, bisque and piccalilli.

The desserts also sound surprising: we want to taste the sea buckthorn berry parfait immediately, as well as the poached peach with hibiscus and lavender.

Restaurant Maeve

Curve Nieuwegracht 18

Chef Tommy Janssen ( Heemstede Castle ,  La Rive ) and maître Vera Voorend did an internship together at restaurant Geranium*** in Copenhagen in 2020, so hello: bring on that culinary inspiration!

In June they opened their own restaurant Maeve in Utrecht. Think: casual fine dining, a young team and tons of ambition. Light, fresh dishes and lots of vegetables: that’s pretty much Tommy’s style. Tomato with bergamot, ginger & Kaffir lime , lacquered veal sweetbreads with lime, kemiri nut & celeriac or celeriac with black truffle, sake and Macadamia: we want to taste it all.

Heaven & Earth in Utrecht

Keistraat 8, Utrecht

We see the sun, moon and stars shine when we take a look at the menu of restaurant Hemel & Aarde in Utrecht . Because let’s face it: green apple with bone marrow, almond & green shiso : that must be almost extraterrestrially delicious. Or how about tortellino with mushroom, coffee soy, sweet potato and black garlic?

Chef Vito Reekers and Rene van der Weijden (both from Karel V ) cook an impressive menu here with a focus on vegetables, sustainability and natural processes such as fermentation.

They opened in October 2020, so in terms of timing in the middle of the lockdown, but luckily that didn’t stop them from doing cool things. You will find Hemel & Aarde in the former Polman’s Huis, under the same roof as hotel The Nox. You can immediately roll into bed after dinner.

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