Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Netherlands: Artistic Dinner at the Restaurant of ‘The International’ Golf Club

After a whole afternoon of batting balls on the driving range with different types of clubs, a short break of warm chocomel with a splash of whisky and playing a few rounds at the practice tee course, we called it a day and went back to the clubhouse to change and prepare for the evening’s dinner.

Restaurant - The International Golf Club in Badhoevedorp, Netherlands

The day was spent very well except that it was rather cold for a mid-November day. Good thing that I brought my thick shawl with me to protect my neck and face from the chilly wind. In the Netherlands, the wind chill factor is a thing to consider when staying outdoors. A 10C temperature can feel like 5C or lower with the wind. So we are all very glad to be moving inside the clubhouse where it is warm and cosy.

I love artistic and well-thought of dinners. They do not have to be aesthetically complicated dinners or have a Michelin star, but when they are presented well, I really appreciate the extra effort. I guess being a visually-inclined person does help enhance the enjoyment journey of the food I eat. Many call it ‘mindfullness eating’. It’s not something one can develop quickly, albeit the appreciation part is easy though. It’s a habit to be developed and it starts with the basic such as being curious and understanding what ingredients were put together into the food.

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Restaurant - The International Golf Club in Badhoevedorp, Netherlands

Anyway, our evening’s dinner at The International started with a what we call here in the Netherlands, a ‘borrel’ which means having alcoholic drinks which usually comes with small bits of food. This is very typically Dutch and many companies offer this, officially and unofficially on a bi-weekly or monthly basis after work hours, usually on a Thursday, and some Friday. Which is the reason police conduct alcohol checks on these days just before cars get on the highway ring in Amsterdam.

I used to work for 2 companies in the past that have their own pubs, and not just any kind of pub, but an Irish-styled wooden interior pub complete with a bar and the beer taps.

Instead of beer for this borrel, we had some sparkling wine and typically Dutch little bites such as bitterballen and croquettes, also meat on a stick Indonesian style, and much more.

Restaurant - The International Golf Club in Badhoevedorp, Netherlands

We first had the borrel - drinks and small bites of bitterballen, croquettes, meat skewers and more not in the picture (cheese sticks, loempia, chicken bites).

Restaurant - The International Golf Club in Badhoevedorp, Netherlands
Restaurant - The International Golf Club in Badhoevedorp, Netherlands

The table is ready =)

Then we proceeded to the table that was nicely decked out and ready for our 4-course dinner. Outside is starting to get dark but because the clubhouse is designed with glass walls, we were able to appreciate the lovely green rolling expanse and the twilight contours that changes along as we get deeper into the evening. I am a big fan of glass walls. If I was super rich, I would have bought an apartment high up in a building or a penthouse with all glass walls. Unfortunately, they start at 2.5 million Euros in Amsterdam.

I have a vague remembrance of the names of the dishes and some of them were not mine, but of my seatmates, haha. When I am in a work/corporate gathering, I usually tone down my picture taking or not take at all, but in this particular event, everyone was taking pictures of the place, the event and the food, so why can’t I as well?

The food was beautifully presented and served, and they were all delicious. Because this was several months ago, I also already forgot which dish was my favourite. I tried locating the menu but did not manage to save the e-mail so I will just do my best to ID them.

In summary, this was a really nice, a bit elegant and fun dinner. I will miss the people in this group as I have now moved on to a new career challenge in my professional life. If there is one thing in life that is constant, that would have to be "change". Eventually, we move on to new things, places, opportunities and challenges. So I am glad I am able to take pictures for posterity, after all, this is the objective of this blog. To document my travels and a part of my life so I can look back and remember the good old days.

One day I will retire from work and one day I will travel and do things less, but then I have this blog full of memories.

Restaurant - The International Golf Club in Badhoevedorp, Netherlands

I cannot remember what this was but this was a crunchy and delicious thing on a bed of seaweed salad. This was nice to wake up our tasting buds for this 4-course dinner.

Salad Dinner - The International Golf Club in Badhoevedorp, Netherlands

A fresh garden salad with some beetroot.

Steak tartare Dinner - The International Golf Club in Badhoevedorp, Netherlands

Steak tartare with 2 quail eggs and toasts. The presentation looks like an owl to me, haha. This is not mine but this was another dish executed very nicely. My seatmates really liked this.

Dinner - The International Golf Club in Badhoevedorp, Netherlands
Dinner - The International Golf Club in Badhoevedorp, Netherlands

I am not sure but I think this was some crab meat or crayfish meat. I remember this being very refreshing.

Fish Dinner - The International Golf Club in Badhoevedorp, Netherlands

Another delicious entry, caramelised fish (forgot what kind of fish) with some sauerkraut (fermented cabbage). I really enjoyed this and I could have another serving.

Vegetarian Dinner - The International Golf Club in Badhoevedorp, Netherlands

This is some vegetarian dish. My seatmate had this =)

Soup Dinner - The International Golf Club in Badhoevedorp, Netherlands

A very interesting soup. They are NOT worms! They are actually elongated rice crispies. This was not mine so I cannot vouch if this was delicious but surely entertaining.


Some beef steak I believe with Brussels sprouts and poached pear. Not mine as well.


This is mine, some lightly seared tuna under grilled cherry tomatoes. This was was okay but thought that the fish should have been seasoned more. When it comes to tuna, I prefer them seasoned really well or not at all (then I dip them in vinegar and soy sauce).

Dessert Dinner - The International Golf Club in Badhoevedorp, Netherlands

The dessert was my least favourite of all. I did not even eat half of this. #notfondofsweets

Travel Period: November 2016
Destination: Badhoevedorp, Haarlemmermeer (North Holland), the Netherlands

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All pictures were taken by a point and shoot pocket camera or a smartphone.

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