I've posted extensively on CH for almost ten years now. I've eaten at numerous MIchelin starred restaurants in Europe over this time (30, 40, 50? More? I've travelled heavily in Europe on business for almost three decades). In several weeks my wife and I will have a week in Amsterdam which we have never been to. Yes, we want to have the best dinner that is available to us. But stars aside the real priority might be a memory. Not a three star, nor an elegant dinner but rather a restaurant with character, that makes a statement, that inspires a memory, that is...well...an adventure. Ideally, a restaurant where the chef, the owners are as passioante about food as we are. We, who would cross an ocean for a good meal. The Jeunes Restauranteurs seemed like a good lead but there are only a couple anywhere near the city.
In my research I have not found anything like this within, say, an hour's drive of the center of Amsterdam. What am I missing? Is there a great meal, a great dining EXPERIENCE that we should explore? Something that I cannot find at home (Washington, D. C.). A one of a kind that might force us to return next summer? Actually, something that might inspire me to write about it and want others to return with the hope of the same incredible experience that we had? Is there such a place? Truly interesting, truly memorable, hopefully unique?