Where 5 of Amsterdam’s canals converge, and in an oasis of tranquillity, the capital’s premier new restaurant will shortly open: “Bodon, La Grande Brasserie”. Traditional French cuisine with contemporary flair. Not standardised, but individual and unique.
In Apollo Hotel Amsterdam, located in the most exclusive district of the city, work is nearing completion on the new gastronomic sensation: La Grande Brasserie. “We will amaze everyone with this concept,” says Kees Neve, who will be ‘gérant’ at Bodon. “True craftmanship is making a return, with an emphasis on dishes prepared at the table and on delighting guests with culinary ‘tours de force’. For instance, Chateaubriand carved at the table, sauces prepared before our guests, and flambéed dishes. Our bouillabaisse will be the best anywhere in the region,” says Neve.
The cosmopolitan restaurant, richly decorated with a stylish mix of marble, wood and vintage elements, is named after the architect of Apollo Hotel Amsterdam and RAI Amsterdam, Alexander Bodon. The restaurant was designed by the renowned Belgian designer Will Erens. Says Erens: ‘My design is inspired by the wishes of regular guests for the rich tradition of hospitality from the past, with a contemporary twist.’ Willem-Jan van de Dijssel, co-founder of Apollo Hotels, adds: ‘In devising the concept, we wanted to create something quite distinctive: over the top and uncompromising. Bodon can rightly claim to be the first “La Grande Brasserie”. “In the past 2 years, the chain has worked hard to redefine its positioning, establishing itself as a rule-breaker in the hotel sector - all in the interest of our guests, of course. Bodon will add the superlative to our flagship, the Apollo Hotel Amsterdam.”
In addition to fine dining, Bodon offers a lounge with varied seating areas, where guests can enjoy breakfast, meet in style or simply relax.
New Executive Chef
After The Harbour Club Amsterdam Zuid, Bodon, La Grande Brasserie, is the second restaurant to be located in the luxury hotel. In honour of the renowned Parisian restaurant La Tour d’Argent, Bodon’s staff will shortly be preparing an authentic “canard à la presse” at table. Inan Sahin has been appointed Executive Chef. Sahin boasts extensive experience in various award-winning restaurants in the Netherlands. Having recently put Floor17 on the map in Amsterdam West, he is eager to place his signature on the new restaurant. “Bodon, La Grande Brasserie, offers authentic French cuisine. I will surprise with dishes that are not available anywhere else in the Netherlands,” says Inan Sahin.
Bodon, La Grande Brasserie, opens in mid-June.
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