This orange flower, lying on our table perfectly arranged in a unique glass “stem” vase, gave us a hint that this might be an interesting, colorful dinner.
Located in Zwolle, Netherlands, De Librije is a Michelin three star restaurant set in the former library of a 15th-century Dominican abbey. Jonnie Boer is the chef, and his wife Thérèse Boer-Tausch is maître and sommelier.
The “Taste of De Librije“is a similar offering to Holland America’s “Evening at Le Cirque“ in that the Pinnacle Grill is transformed into the famous restaurant for one night.
Mr. Jones adored the “Golden Egg”, even when he found out the filling was made from cauliflower.
The De Librije food is fun, unusual and delightful. For example, the shells in the “Oyster on the Beach” appetizer are formed from foie gras. The chef’s creativity combines foods you would not expect to work together.
Jade, our amazing wine server, explained the wine poured with each course, especially chosen to enhance each particular dish.
The Lobster Bisque Foam contains Alaskan king crab, and is flavored with lovage (an herbaceous plant with a flavor and smell somewhat similar to celery.) Buttery, crisp brioche croutons top this delightful soup.
The pea-hating Mr. Jones loved every bite.
Service in the Pinnacle Grill is always good, but the waiters and wine servers outdid themselves in delivering a memorable evening that was the highlight of all of our dining experiences on the ms Koningsdam.
The “Taste of De Librije” is currently offered on the ms Rotterdam, ms Eurodam and the ms Koningsdam when the ships are sailing in Europe. The five-course dinner and wine-pairing costs $69 per person.
De Librije chef Jonnie Boer is also a member of Holland America Line’s Culinary Council, so all guests can try some of his featured creations in the main dining room on every Holland America cruise.
Have you tried the “Taste of De Librije” on one of Holland America’s ships?
Check out these other posts on the ms Koningsdam:
- A Photo Tour of Holland America’s Newest Cruise Ship: the ms Koningsdam
- A Photo Tour of Entertainment on Holland America’s Koningsdam
- Dining on Holland America’s Koningsdam Cruise Ship
- A Look Inside Stateroom 11001 on Holland America’s Koningsdam Cruise Ship
- Views from Holland America’s Koningsdam Cruise Ship
- Menu Favorites from the Tamarind Restaurant on the Koningsdam