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The city of Utrecht was constructed around the iconic Dom tower, which thrusts upwards to the Dutch sky at its very center. A beguiling web of canals is woven into the fabric of the city, imbuing it with a watery resplendent grandeur that befits its status as one of the Netherlands’ historic university towns. Utrecht also plays host to a host of delicious restaurants, here’s our guide to some of the best.
Hunkered down on the Vaartsche Rijn is the eponymous ‘modern Western’ restaurant, Vaartsche Rijn. Head chef and co-owner Stijn Knaapen devises an entirely new menu every three weeks putting an emphasis on freshness and seasonal produce. All meats served are free range and the restaurant is careful to source on sustainably sourced fish. The modern Western theme means simply that the dishes are inspired by flavors and cooking styles from all over the contemporary West. An example dish might be succulent mackerel, cooked and served with fresh rhubarb and tangy ginger.
Vaartsche Rijn, Westerkade 27, Utrecht, Netherlands, +31 30 265 7910
French and international fusion restaurant Mas offers diners a variety of culinary combinations constructed from a traditional basis. The breadth of Mas’ menu is impressive and changes seasonally, with daily additions always ensuring that each Mas dining experience is different. Guests have the option of choosing three, four or five courses. Highly recommended is the Iberico pork belly, served with rouleau of pig, quinoa and pepper coulis.
Mas Restaurant, Schalkwijkstraat 26-28, Utrecht, Netherlands, +31 30 230 2229