This past Christmas I decided to give myself an special gift: a Christmas lunch at the Hotel de Wereld. For a couple of years, I have been curious about experiencing a meal in a Michelin star restaurant specially with all this Netflix documentaries.
I currently live in a small town (about 40,000 ha ) in the Netherlands: Wageningen. It is a famous place because of its University, Wageningen UR, specialized in life sciences.But Wageningen is also an historical place for the Netherlands. The city suffered greatly during World War II; but it was also here when, in May 5 of 1945, the German occupying forces surrender at the Hotel de Wereld. German general Johannes Blaskowitz surrender to the Canadian generals Charles Foulkes and George Kitching. Capitulation was formally signed the next day (May 6, 1945) at the entrance to the Aula, the oldest building which owns the university of Wageningen, formerly Landbouwhogeschool. Now, each year on the 5th of May, the Liberation Day is celebrated in the Netherlands.
Restaurant O Mundo is then, not only famous because of its food but because of the history behind the place where is located.
I believe this is the first time I’m writing an opinion, or personal thoughts about food from a particular restaurant. To be honest, I don’t feel completely comfortable, since I am not an expert in this matter. I didn’t studied to be a chef… or something related to food, I just, like it… So, I am just going to share with you some of my thoughts 🙂 .
Entrance 1. Mousse of pumpkin served with foam and oil of pistachio, crunch and gel of pumpkin seeds and maple syrup.
Entrance 2. Caramelized tomato with sesame and soy. This was one of the most interesting dishes I tasted in this menu. It was kind of unexpected mixture of flavors. The caramel with sesame seeds made me remember some candies I used to eat in Mexico when I was a kid.
Mackerel. Served as tartar with sorrel cream, carrot flavored ice-cream, several structures of cucumber, radish and roasted black rice. Carrot ice cream was a very pleasant flavor surprise! A neutral flavor to mix with the fish.
Wild pigeon. Rose roasted with glazed sweetbread, smoked beetroot, baked onion cream, spongecake of beetroot, cresson and vinaigrette of beetroot with capers.
Venison. Rose roasted with gnocchi of sweet potato, sprout, chestnut, Jerusalem artichoke, crumble, crisp of bacon and its own gravy.
Granny smith. Caramelized Granny Smith with meringue, apple gel, mousse of Ceylon tea, lemon custard, powder of clove and yogurt flavored ice-cream. Mouse of Ceylon tea! is so strange because you would have though it may be little bit tasteless, but the tea was really concentrated so the flavor of the Ceylon was definitely there. This dessert was well balanced, you had the neutral (but still spiced) flavors from the Ceylon mousse, and the acidity from the yogurt ice cream.. and then the heavy spiced caramelized apples. Really enjoyable 🙂 .
Coffee and speculaas sweets :). Is always hard to leave a restaurant without a coffee right? feels almost like if you were incomplete. Speculaas is a very spiced biscuit (clover, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper, cardamom and ginger ❤ ), typical Dutch, and they are usually eaten for the Sinterklaas celebration.
Overall, my first experience at a Michelin star restaurant was very positive! The attitude from the staff was extremely relaxed and warm, contrary of what I though. Maybe it was a prejudice of me, but I expected the ambiance to be more tense due to the nature of the restaurant itself but that was not the case. Sommelier Yvo Kwak was in charge of our table and I he was really talkative, and interested in explaining the dishes and the ingredients they were using. I really think that the warmness from the staff made our meal even more enjoyable.
Information on Restaurant O Mundo
5 Mei Plein 1, 6703 CD Wageningen, Netherlands
For reservations firstname.lastname@example.org