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What have you got Instock for me?

Well, a delicious and fair menu. The food and the drink menus are both good! And the building on the Vleutenseweg is a sight for sore eyes, but let’s not forget the terrace. A real ‘hidden gem’! Calm, green, but mostly cosy.

Instock from pop-up to hotspot

Instock is a concept that began in the capital, first as a pop-up store and then as the first re-use restaurant. All products that are served at Instock are organic, but also “saved”. A tomato with a dent, a flattened cod, and a crazy potato can’t be sold in supermarkets. Consumers wouldn’t buy these monstrosities, but because there’s nothing wrong with them, Instock saves them from doom! Therefore, it’s always a surprise for the chefs to find out what they will be using to create that evening’s 4-course menu. Because the same produce is not always saved. We got to taste the entrée, a clear tomato bouillon. Every piece of the tomato was used and prepared with a different cooking technique. A unique, tasty experience. And you can taste that it’s fresh.

No drink without a snack board

The snack board that we got was really a surprise! Homemade bitterballen, rösti, deep-fried cod (lekkerbek), pickled veggies, but we were especially crazy about the fish cakes. No snack board without a drink, so we tasted the brand new drinks menu. Here again, you can see that all produce is chosen and handled with care. Instock saves bread and potatoes to brew their own beer: pieper bier (potato beer), creamy with a slight bitterness, and the bammetjes bier (sandwich beer), fresh and nice for summer. Otherwise, the menu especially lists beers with a story, like beer made with Amsterdam rain water. I’ve almost forgotten to tell you how warmly we were welcomed and how nicely we were guided during the tasting. Every product has a history and a philosophy, so ask about it, fun!

Even the wines have anecdotes, the No House Wine is the house wine. Pun intended. A part of the revenue goes towards building homes for orphans. So you can eat and drink more consciously. And very important, everything was well thought out, and delicious & fair!

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About Alicia van den Berg

Alicia weet wat er gaande is in de stad, als cultuur en food liefhebber is ze up-to-date van alles wat er zich in Utrecht afspeelt. Dus wie kan jou beter vertellen waar je heen kunt gaan om van een fantastische avond uit te genieten. Van kunstexposities tot proeverijen in de Domtoren, ze kent het allemaal. Toen zij veertien jaar geleden in de stad kwam studeren heeft zij Utrecht in haar hart gesloten. Alicia werkt als sommelier en is haar eigen wijnbedrijf gestart. Zij is de perfecte kunst & cultuur editor voor Explore Utrecht.

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