Located within the Okura hotel, like Yamazato, Ciel Bleu is so-called as it is situated at the very top of the hotel building itself, giving a privileged view on the all city. And privileged you feel as you set your foot into the space. You immediately realise it is not only about the food. This is a dining experience. So you need to get properly prepared. First of all you need to book well in advance. I tried to get a table for a Thursday on no particular occasion the day before, and there was no way I could even hope for it. Secondly, you need to be open to experiments, strictly culinary speaking, as the restaurant did not earn two stars for cooking a very good maigret du canard. Third, you need to take it all in – including the stunning view on Amsterdam, the parvenu clientele )oh blimey, maybe we are amongst them) – and savour it like a well matured red wine. And then of course, it is the food. We enjoyed the seasonal menu with crab, turbot, venison and a gianduia-based dessert. It was delicious, wonderfully presented and well romanced. Useless to say for a two-star Michelin restaurant, the bill will be more obnoxious to your heart than all the cholesterol you might have ingested – which incidentally is not much as portions are fashionably on the mini-size. To die for.
Address: Ferdinand Bolstraat 333