Dishtales, october 2017

Right on the corner of the historical Bloemgracht (“Flower canal”), the great white entrance of L’invité, a French fine dining restaurant, elegantly invites you in. Over the years I’ve discovered a fair share of fine dining restaurants in Amsterdam. Some through my photography and occasionally I get to taste some of their signature dishes. With a special guest over from NYC, we joined a lovely bunch to try-out chef (and owner!) Sico de Moel‘s brand new tasting menu.

I met Sico a few years ago through an event at L’invité and had the pleasure to photograph his dishes twice afterwards. We’ve had long chats about his restaurant, the dishes he creates and my own passion for Persian cuisine. His humble character and genuine passion are very noticeable. That’s exactly what makes the fine dining experience of L’invité so pleasant and laidback.

For the occasion Sico presented his brand new fall tasting menu. The courses are well balanced (portion- and taste-wise) and pay hommage to local Dutch produce. We started with Couteaux (Dutch razor shell with sweet and sour fennel), followed by Sico’s savoury version of a Cappuccino (of goose). The Maquereau (hay smoked mackerel with cauliflower) is the final seafood dish on the menu, as we start building up towards the spectacular main dish: Dutch Lamb (from the island Texel, with salty lemon yogurt dressing). The final dish in this 7-course tasting is a next level Crème Brûlée, that will initially weird you out and then make you smile.

Source: DishTales

The magazine “Leven in Frankrijk” (“Life in France”) is searching for the best bistros, brasseries and other addresses in the Netherlands in 2017. Topspots where you enjoy a great meal in French atmosphere. No Michelin restaurants, but special places for a evening living in France.

The jury has nominated L’invité le Restaurant, along with 9 other special restaurants, for the title “Fineest French Restaurant of The Netherlands. The winner will be announced in September.

The jury:

    • Tom Kellerhuis, Chief Editor of HP / The Tijd and Culinary Journalist


    • Alain Caron, cuisinier of French Origin


    • Jo Simons, former editor-in-chief of Life in France


    • Cathelijne van Vliet, editor-in-chief of Leven in Frankrijk

Would you like L’invité to win the public award? Then vote for us!

Watch the video of Goût de France bij L’invité

This month we will present three new summer dishes:

A delicious fresh summer salad with avocado, full, sweet plum tomato, sweet-sour cucumber and zucchini, yogurt cream and baked fries.

Then our new vegetarian main course of Pearl Barley from Alkmaar, carrot, puffed wild rice and a fresh herb salad.

The new dessert is the toasted white chocolate, crispy crumble, roasted grapefruit, a lemon ice cream and beautiful fresh strawberries.


All the summer dishes are on the à la carte and lunch card.

By Marianne Aalders – Catch52

Since the beginning of this year, we have been working hard to promote the Amsterdam lunch culture with the help of our sweet colleagues at Amsterdam FM. We do not enjoy too much of a delicious culinary lunch in Amsterdam, according to the people in Amsterdam’s catering industry. High time we will prove the opposite. So come out of your comfort zone, and treat your secretary or other nice colleague to an excellent business lunch!

Also at L’invité restaurant you can have a fine-lunch, in a way we are used to them: French classics with Dutch region products. When we see the menu, we are already looking forward to it. Of course we can not forget the small but nice L’invité restaurant on the Bloemgracht.

Other lunchtips in Amsterdam: Goldfinch Brasserie, Restaurant Bord’Eau, Hoofdstad Brasserie, Auberge Jean & Marie, John Dory Vistronomie, Gartine, Bistrot Neuf, Restaurant Halvemaan, Het Bosch, MOS Amsterdam, Dauphine, Restaurant L’invité, RIJKS, Daalder, Breda.

Read lunchtips on: Catch52, april 2017

The Bloemgracht has always been an inspiration for artists. Jürgen Leippert (1944) shows the Bloemgracht in the summer. The canal and floating boats show all its colors. 

With a stroke of paint too far, this work Leippert tends toward abstraction. An interesting and engaging twilight zone. The artist offers the art lovers plenty of space to enjoy a range of emotions and experiences.

The way to balance brute and wild. Played with many errors by the everlasting changing light. The torture of a perfectionist in an ever changing environment.

Jürgen Leippert was born in Stuttgart (Germany). He traveled a lot around between New York, Amsterdam and Berlin. Of these cities he regularly cityscapes. His works are characterized by their middle of the live stand. As Jurgen itself. The busier the greater the joy.

Also in terms of style is that. Jurgen’s work can best be described as an impressionist-expressionist which he uses strong colors, showing a lot of energy. Furthermore, paints Jurgen at the interface between figurative and abstract. That ensures that his paintings are never boring. There is always something to do or to fantasize.

What the Texel lamb makes it so unique is that the lambs wandering during the spring in the fresh sea air of Texel. The lambs are slaughtered and processed directly on the island which makes for a low stress level and so tender meat.

This spring is at L’invité Texel lamb on the menu with roasted mustard and a delicious fresh salty lemon yogurt. Combined with Dutch asparagus this is a wonderful dish for spring.

Our lambs come from the farm De Waddel, where the animals roam on the old land of Texel and the welfare of the animals have priority.

Our lamb had also Waddengoud label, this label guarantees that the meat sustainably produced in the Dutch Wadden Sea.

This spring you taste this wonderful Dutch agricultural product in the Tasting menu.

Jordan heart of one of the most beautiful canals of Amsterdam you will find restaurant L’invité. Yes, that cool pop-up restaurant at the Jan Schaefferbrug SAIL two years ago. That was one of the most impressive pop-ups in recent years if you ask me.

As big as it was then, so is the intimate restaurant on the Bloemgracht. Owner Sico every evening of your host and provides a warm welcome. But he is also the mastermind behind the dishes served, which you see coming back many local and organic products. The best thing is to take the extensive tasting of as many as seven courses. Trust me, the small dishes so not too much. During the tasting, you get a very diverse menu with dishes such as razor blades with sweet and sour fennel on hay smoked mackerel, quail with black pudding and cloves and a private version of the crème brulée. Very varied and if you choose the wines recommended by the food then you really quite complete culinary experience.

Now the outdoor season is officially open, you can also find at lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at tables canal. This obviously applies to the dinner. Let the warm spring and summer nights begin!

Source: Amsterdam Culinary Blog Catch52

by Frank Scheers on Amsterdam Today.

In Amsterdam and many fine restaurants. Enough choice. Every kind of food is available in the culinary Amsterdam. But if you want a beautiful atmosphere in the middle of the Jordan, dine in a pleasant way, which is always freshly prepared in an astonishing and inventive combination, it is a must to dine at L’invité.

Chef-owner Sico de Moel, performs a modern kitchen where the French classics in surprising and contemporary manner prepared with local products and many local organic vegetables. He serves as example forgotten vegetable salsify and Soester tuber.

The tasting can be accompanied by an extensive wine pairing, which Sico de Moel the best wines matched each dish. This puts the elegant flavors of expertly and freshly prepared food even more justice.

read the full review in Dutch: Amsterdam Today, 27 maart 2017

In the annals of Rembrandt stated that he rented in 1637 in a warehouse at the Bloemgracht studio space to accommodate his students. At the height of his career painter Rembrandt had approximately 25 students at work.

People believe that Rembrandt still had this workshop in 1658, but because of his bankruptcy, he had to leave the Rembrandt House at the Jodenbreestraat. With Titus, Hendrickje and little Cornelia he moved into a rented house on the Rozengracht.

The number of students was hugely diminished because the “market” now wanted a different style, due to ‘fine painters’ like Govert Flinck Rembrandt received fewer jobs. The last student who worked in the style of Rembrandt was Aert de Gelder, who could afford this because he was not without means from home.

Rembrandt painted his famous painting “The Night Watch” between 1639 and 1642.