Tucked away in a funky side street, De Kale Pater is a restaurant that I have walked past many times, yet didn’t know existed. The statue of a bald waiter does not clearly identify this venue as having a capability of feeding 130 guests within the building and in the outside garden area. Hence, a Social Deal Coupon for a four course meal for €18.75 per person was a dining out opportunity not to be missed.
This is a grill restaurant with a Middle Ages/religious theme. There are statues and paintings of saints – and an attempt has been made to convey the period via the lighting and the wooden tables. For me, the environment didn’t work.
MENU: The Social Deal offer was limited to a specific menu – providing three choices in entrée, mains and dessert – with the fourth course being a bowl of bouillon soup. The choices were limited and standard fare for dutch restaurants in this price category – so much so, that we both choose the same courses.
Smoked trout salad: trout was delicious, salad average. Complimentary bread rolls.
Bouillon soup with a small pieces of beef and vegetables: Why?
Sea bass served on a bed of mixed vegetables, with accompanying bowl of chips, small bowl curried apple salad – and three bowls of various coloured sauces. Fish and vegetables were well cooked and spiced. Sauces came straight from the bottle. Chips – just like IKEA.
Crème Brulee with cassis sorbet and whipped crème: Good combination. Crème brulee was tasty, but came obviously prepared and served from the fridge.
Wine: the house wines are Chilean, drinkable and just under €20 per bottle. Good selection of beers.
SERVICE: Although the restaurant was full, the waiting staff remained friendly and professional.
Overall: At the price of the coupon – this was an excellent deal. Nothing special, but adequate. Chips and bottled sauces placed the meal back in the pub/bistro category. For a large group of people, De Kale Pater would be a good choice. http://www.kalepater.nl/