My wife and I visited Breukelen on Friday night. Made a res for 9, had to push it back but host was very accommodating and when we arrived found a packed house. But there was our lovely, secluded table waiting for us in the corner by the window - best seat in the house. Server was extremely pleasant, knowledgeable of the menu, had good input on wine pairings and even better input on food choices.
We decided to share a couple of pasta dishes and entrees. I had no idea how much food we were ordering but can confidently say that their portions are generous. The spicy sausage rigatoni is among the best pasta dishes I've had. There is nothing particularly unique about its preparation, but it's just a very tasty, well prepared, hearty dish. Everything is done right, the sausage has excellent flavor and is cut into perfectly sized chunks. The ratio of meat to pasta is also as it should be. We were in heaven with this dish and probably should have not gone further. But then I wouldn't be able to tell you about all of the delicious things we tried. Second up was the wild mushroom risotto. Again, very straightforward preparation and flawlessly executed. Superb flavor, beautiful mushrooms and perfectly cooked risotto.
For entrees we had the duck and the double-cut pork chop. I should offer up that I really dislike any and every thing that is prepared with Chinese Five Spice, which this duck dish was. That said, it was cooked to a perfect medium rare with a nice crisp skin. My wife really enjoyed it. The double-cut pork chop is the size of a standing roast. It's absolutely massive, very flavorful and perfectly cooked. Especially for a piece of meat this large. I imagine that some kind of smoking technique is used to cook it all the way through although the outside has a nice char on it. I thoroughly enjoyed the two or three bites that I was able to eat after the two pasta dishes and then enjoyed it as leftovers again the next day.
In all, this was one of the most surprisingly pleasant dining experiences I've had in several months. The chef came out to say hello and ask us how our food was and his passion for this place really resonated with me. I read the website and saw the backstory which I usually dismiss. But Chef Karaszs is visibly connected to this effort and it comes through in the food and service. I can't wait to go back for a second meal and highly recommend this place.
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