Birthday Dinner at Ron Gastrobar Amsterdam

Throughout my teenage years and into my early 20’s, birthdays were celebrated with loud parties, rounds of shots, and dancing until 6am. But the past two years have been different. I appreciate different things, want different things. If birthdays are a benchmark for the year to come, I want mine to be filled with love and happiness and really good food. Which is why deciding where to go for dinner on the 15th of October was especially important. B wanted to help me kick this year off with a bang, and compiled a list of great restaurant suggestions. This was a present in itself, as we now have our next few dinning experiences mapped out! But we needed to pick just one for my birthday dinner – and so we decided on Ron Gastrobar, Ron Blaauw’s deliciously chic Amsterdam eatery.
IMG_4689Ron Blaauw is a celebrated Dutch chef, one of the few to be awarded two Michelin stars. Ron Gastrobar is his most recent creation, with a modern menu and a classy chic, but not stuffy, atmosphere. We started with cocktails at the bar while we waited for our table to open. B got a Moscow Mule that matched his shirt perfectly!IMG_4690I got a glass of wine that I embarrassingly choked on in front of our waiter.  I had asked for a sweet white wine, but they only had a sweet dessert wine. Sounded great to me – I’m all for starting dinner with dessert!! He poured me a sample and I eagerly took a sip, only to realize that this wine was INCREDIBLY potent and tasted almost like a port!! It burned my throat and in my surprise I somehow swallowed it the wrong way, and burst into an awkward combo coughing-laughing fit!! I managed to mildly keep my cool and give him the thumbs up on pouring a full glass, but needless to say, we kicked the meal off with a good chuckle! Not long after we were shown to our table, which was along the terrace window, giving B a nice view outside and me a great view of the line chefs in the kitchen. IMG_4691v v My date looked very handsome in his new yellow jumper.IMG_4693We made a birthday toast and then surveyed the menu, hungry and ready for a birthday feast! IMG_4694 IMG_4695At Ron, everything on the menu is €15, and dishes range from eel to oysters to ribs. They recommend starting with two dishes each, and then ordering additional dishes at the end if you’re still hungry or have a favorite. Ron is great because you can grab a cocktail after work and have a nibble to share, or you can order four courses and have a culinary adventure. You could spend €30 or €300 and matter what you do, you’re guaranteed an awesome dinning experience.IMG_4698We ordered our food and were brought a little white bag.IMG_4699Inside, B discovered fresh, warm bread.IMG_4700Along with the bread we were served mini pickles and crispy butter to share. Any place that brings you pickles to kick off the meal is a winner in my book.IMG_4701 IMG_4702Our first course was seafood – I got my all time favorite, monk fish. It was tender and flavorful and  just what I had been craving.IMG_4705B got the crispy lobster ravioli – it wasn’t as pretty as my monk fish but it tasted equally delish!
IMG_4708 For the main I got the wild duck and black pudding. I’d had some fabulous duck in Lisbon, and wanted to see how Amsterdam fare would stack up. I have to say, the win goes to Lisbon, but only because of the portion size (3 miniature bits of duck) and the black pudding. One bite into my black pudding I got a bone (or some other small hard inanimate object I would rather not dwell on). Ouch.
IMG_4710B got BBQ spare ribs which were by far the best dish of the night. They were boneless, soft, tender and sweet. You could cut them with your spoon and sip them down like melted butter.IMG_4709We also got tarragon fries, to round off the meal.IMG_4712Absolutely stuffed (and having already had two slices of birthday cake at lunch) we passed on dessert. However, a smiling chef stopped by our table with mini ice cream cones, topped with wasabi peanuts. B was in the bathroom when these bad boys were delivered to our table, and it took A LOT of self control to sit there with his mini ice cream in my hand without giving it a lick. It was crunchy and smooth –  and the perfect way to end our meal.IMG_4713After dessert we lingered at our table, sipping wine and enjoying the lively ambiance. After we settled the bill we made our way out to the cloak room. I have to give Ron props for their funky art and cool bistro ambiance. IMG_4719 IMG_4723IMG_4727Before we hopped onto our bikes we warmed our hands at the door. It was a chilly night but thankfully not raining.IMG_4726If the weather had been nice, Ron would have been ideal. They have a beautiful outdoor terrace for summer nights and cool dry fall evenings.IMG_4730We will definitely be back to Ron in the coming months. And perhaps again in the summer to enjoy the terrace and a drink in the sun. But for now, I’m happy to smile at our evening at Ron, a great birthday meal to kick of a great new year of life!

22 Replies to “Birthday Dinner at Ron Gastrobar Amsterdam”

  1. Hi! I am from Singapore a metropolitan country in South East Asia.
    I have been reading your blog because I am planning a trip to Europe next year in Spring! I’m getting very psyched by your lovely travel pictures and captive writing about Amsterdam!
    I just came by this post and realized we have the same birthday (:


    1. Hey Angeline – you have a beautiful name!
      Thanks for stopping by and how exciting about your trip to Europe! Likewise, I’ve been plotting my next trip which will hopefully be to Asia :)
      If you need any specific tips on Amsterdam, I’m happy to help.
      I’ve only known two other people with the same birthday, so I guess now you make three!
      Good luck in planning your trip! X


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