French fries is one of Hollands most eaten snacks and it is pretty common to walk through town with a big bag fries with mayonaise. Most places where fries is served though are, like in most countries, not really outstanding interior wise and certainly not a place to stay any longer then necessary. Sergio Herman, owner of three Michelin stars in his former family restaurant Oud Sluis thought it was about time to have a beautiful restaurant to make fries available for everyone and I couldn’t agree more.
Piet Boon who also designed Sergio’s beautiful restaurant The Jane in Antwerp was asked to design the interior for Frites atelier Amsterdam and like most of his projects the interior is worked out into the detail. I have to admit that seeing the huge coat of arms of the city of Amsterdam at the entrance made me proud and I love how there is an actual menu, beautiful written on a huge aged mirror.
Although they are called Frites atelier Amsterdam there is no Frites Atelier in Amsterdam, not until the ultimate place to open is found I am told! The first ones are now open in The Hague, Arnhem, Antwerp and Utrecht! When finishing meetings in Utrecht the other week we decided to have a look at the Frites Atelier which is located in one of the main shopping area’s and on walking distance from the station where I had to catch the train back home.
Zeeland clay potatoes
The frites are made out of the best Zeeland clay potatoes I got explained, and there are five different sauces to choose from. Each atelier offers a selection of unique mayonnaises specially created by Sergio Herman. I choose truffle sauce and Asian curry, others are Béarnaise, classic, and andalouse served in huge ceramic pots by Cor Unum a famous Dutch art gallery for ceramics.
If you are in for something even more special look out for ‘Papas Catalan’ with a sauce based on among others almonds and roasted vegetables, ‘Indo peanut’ chips in Indonesian style! or the Frites Atelier classic the Flemish Stew, all frites are salted with salt from sourced from samphire! It was a beautiful day when I was in Utrecht and I loved the small bistro style terrace, do check out Frites Atelier if you love beautiful interiors and eat frites in style!
// Sponsored post written in collaboration with Frites Atelier Amsterdam //