Great taste knows no borders. So, when renowned South African executive chef Margot Janse, top Dutch sommelier Koen van der Plas, Henk Jan Beltman and Jasper Hermans combined their impressive experience (including several Michelin stars) to create SAAM restaurant in the Netherlands, it was bound to be a gastronomical success.
This exciting new culinary concept brings people together to enjoy the finest South African and Dutch cuisine in an intimate, relaxed setting. And what’s wonderful about this spot, is that while the cuisine and wine is top-class, the atmosphere is decidedly down to earth.
“Everyone should feel at ease from the first moment they step into SAAM restaurant,” Margot Janse told Eat Out. “We leave out the formal atmosphere without making concessions to the experience.
SAAM’s glass entrance resembles a conservatory, welcoming the visitor inside with views of the beautiful interior furnished with art, fabrics and furniture from various South African artists and designers. The colours are rich, with touches of African fabric creating gem-like accents that will have every South African feeling quite at home.
“All the materials used, from glassware to furniture, are of the highest quality and are presented in a modest way so that guests can enjoy themselves in an unforced manner,” said Janse. Attention has been paid to every detail and while the space is classy, it’s entirely unpretentious. “We wanted to create a restaurant without too much fuss, where people feel at home,” she adds.
The space includes a lounge terrace with a seated area and berth. It offers seating to 46 guests on the ground floor, including a Chef’s Table for eight guests. The upstairs bar can seat another 18 guests for those who enjoy all-day wining and dining.