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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