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De Kruidfabriek by Lute, Amstelveen, the Netherlands

Recently we visited restaurant ‘De Kruidfabriek by Lute’, alongside the Amstel river in Amstelveen, not far from Amsterdam. Situated in and old (1718) gunpowder factory (“kruidfabriek”), this is a special place. I love the building and interior. Before this area was used to produce explosives, including gunpowder and guncotton. Since 2002 it’s a restaurant, owned and managed by Peter and Marieke Lute. Their cuisine stands for creative contemporary tastiness, that still is affordable too. Using lots of local products including spices and herbs from own garden and green house, they try to be organic and sustainable too. Scroll down to read more about what’s on the menu or just to get in the foodie mood by all the mouthwatering photos.

De Kruidfabriek by LUTE, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, the Netherlands, culinaire, fine diningOlive and squid ink to start with….  

De Kruidfabriek by LUTE, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, the Netherlands, culinaire, fine dining De Kruidfabriek by LUTE, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, the Netherlands, culinaire, fine dining De Kruidfabriek by LUTE, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, the Netherlands, culinaire, fine diningThe interior at De Kruidfabriek by Lute is one of a kind and very tasteful, stylish, using materials as linen, leather and wood. The lightning plan in the whole restaurant was well done too, I think.  De Kruidfabriek by LUTE, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, the Netherlands, culinaire, fine diningA glass a day keep the doctor away….  De Kruidfabriek by LUTE, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, the Netherlands, culinaire, fine diningStarter time: Chorizo, Spanish gamba, tomato, paprika and avocado. De Kruidfabriek by LUTE, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, the Netherlands, culinaire, fine diningThe Mr. had ‘Baambrugs’ pork belly with langoustine, carrot, wasabi cream and hoisin sauce. And yes, he ‘had to’ share with me.  De Kruidfabriek by LUTE, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, the Netherlands, culinaire, fine diningThis cute pot arrived on the table….  De Kruidfabriek by LUTE, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, the Netherlands, culinaire, fine dining….and this beautiful fish was inside De Kruidfabriek by LUTE, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, the Netherlands, culinaire, fine diningSeabass with Thai herbs, roasted on a bed of fir needles (inside the pan) De Kruidfabriek by LUTE, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, the Netherlands, culinaire, fine diningThe Mr. had several preparations of quail….. and I forgot what else was with his dish (sorry).  De Kruidfabriek by LUTE, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, the Netherlands, culinaire, fine diningThe pretty interior. And what do you think about the creative and ‘simple in a way’ wine stock solution on the left wall? 

I enjoyed our lunch at De Kruidfabriek by Lute a lot. It’s a beautiful, charming restaurant – suitable for both business as leisure occasions. The service was friendly, the wines were nice and the food creative and tasteful. I would come back here. Next time, maybe in the evening.

The Facts

De Kruidfabriek by Lute is located on De Oude Molen 5, Amstelveen, and is open Monday – Friday from 11.00 – 23.00, on Saturday from 18.00 until 23.00 and on Sundays from 14.00 until 22.00. Reservations are recommended, especially during weekend evenings. Click here for the website or to book your table at de Kruidfabriek.

De Kruidfabriek by LUTE, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, the Netherlands, culinaire, fine dining

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*Note: All images are mine. Made with a Canon EOS M3 camera. We paid the bill ourselves in full. My opinion is honest. 

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