Restaurant review: Brasserie Zandberg
Chef Paul Meerman and (business partner) host Jorn van Loon have established a great brasserie in a nice shopping street in Breda (south of the Netherlands). The place looks like a cozy bar restaurant and offers well styled and delicious food. The menu changes regularly and there is a weekly chef’s menu (for Euro 32,50 during dinner and 25,- for lunch) with accompanying wines if you wish. Paul uses seasonal products and often creates a new menu (there is no set day of the week yet when the menu chances) when he sees good produce.
The staff is very friendly and they seem to have good chemistry (even though most work on temporary basis). There is time to crack jokes together and with the guests while maintaining a high level of service. I always enjoy restaurants where the staff are obviously enjoying themselves as well as the guests. It seems like many of the guests are already regulars and many come from the direct neighborhood. Business people have also found this restaurant as a great place for a casual, yet high standard business lunch.
Our group all decided to go for the chef’s menu (why question what the chef wants to cook?) and were not disappointed.
We were first treated to good bread with several spreads followed by an amuse of a delicious mousse of mackerel. One of our party was hesitant about the Brussels sprouts in the menu’s starter but when it appeared on her plate even she liked it. It was presented as a beautiful vibrant green creme on our plate with a foam of sauerkraut and thinly sliced saddle of hare.
The main dish was a fillet of pheasant with a red beet and clove gravy and a pumpkin creme. We ended the menu with a chocolate fondant cake with chocolate syrup and cinnamon ice-cream.
I have to say I was a bit envious of some of the beautiful plates of food I saw passing me. Next time I will order these as well; they were part of the tasting menu for 2 people. There is a tasting menu with lots of small bites of the entrees and one for the main course as well. I love the idea of being able to try (almost) the whole menu in one evening.
This restaurant is definitely one to try if you’re ever in the area. We will certainly return!
Ginnekenweg 75 in Breda
Brasserie Zandberg is open 7 (!) days a week from 12.00 for lunch and dinner. It is wise to make a reservation when you decide to go: email@example.com