In the Benelux, we have an actual multiple Michelin star chef who opened a place to enjoy fries or frites on another level. Sergio Herman is a celebrity in Belgium and the Netherlands, so opening several of his Frites Atelier was a commercially smart plan.
So what is Frites Atelier?
In six Belgian and Dutch cities, you can find one: The Hague, Utrecht, Arnhem, Antwerp, Ghent, and Brussels. But what is it exactly?
Well in Belgium especially, we have a thing called ‘de frituur’. It’s kind of like a fast food restaurant with french fries and several snacks but it operates only on a local level. Frites Atelier is just that, except it’s not that. It’s that concept on the next level.
A triple Michelin star chef doesn’t make just any fried snacks. He makes them properly. With the right ingredients, combined in the right way, with the best extras on top.
The Frites Atelier menu
There are some quite adventurous items on the menu at the Frites Atelier. Let’s get into them, shall we?
Frites on the menu
The regular or Hero
A ‘standard’ one, with decent potatoes and salt from samphire. Omnomnom.
Indo Super Hero (Temporary special, no longer available)
A fresh and spicy one that I still have to try but I am very curious about this one.
Flemish Beef Stew
Beef stew is another Belgian classic. One only grandma’s and moms can make properly. Oh, and Sergio as it appears.
Peanut sauce, kaffir lime, fried onions, and Rempejek. No idea what that last one is, but it sounds yummy!
Kimchi Special (Temporary special, no longer available)
Okay, so I am a sucker for kimchi. I’ve tried this one and loved it! I sometimes dream of Kimchi.
Croquettes on the menu
If you don’t know what croquettes are, it’s a gooey filling surrounded by a fried crust. It’s delicious!
Zeeland shrimp croquette
Made with shrimps from Zeeland, They’re called the caviar of the North Sea. So that’s all you need to know!
Premium Cheese croquette
The ideal croquette for a first-timer. Gruyere, Parmesan, and Cheddar all in one.
Slow cooked beef croquette
This is based on a Dutch classic. I just desperately need to try it! It sounds too good.
Next to the nicest food, they also do their best to pair the right beer for your meal. This way you get a complete experience. Anyone that properly pairs their food with the correct beer gets a place in my heart!
Have you tried this high-end frites restaurant already? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!