Review: Otto Volante in Amsterdam

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Last week I ate at hidden gem Otto Volante, which means roller coaster in Italian. Not surprisingly chosen, the dishes take your taste buds in all directions. The bistro with an impressive menu is located at the end of the Overtoom. Think: cozy interior with dark brown tables, a bar where you can also eat and a good atmosphere.

Otto Volante is run by the couple Riccardo and Odile. Riccardo is from Italy and has worked at Daalder, Guts & Glory and restaurant Breda in recent years. He also set up Bar Centraal. Odile stands behind the bar and knows everything about the 300 natural wines on the menu.

Ferment

Riccardo ferments it vigorously in the shed behind the restaurant. He makes his own miso, kimchi, fermented radish and plum liqueur. You can taste everything in the dishes, which gives a nice balance. Each dish gets a slightly sour undertone which makes it a fresh whole. Delicious.

Otto Volante’s map

Otto Volante is open from Wednesday to Sunday. They offer à la carte dishes and a chef’s menu (choice of 4 or 5 courses). We tried the chef’s menu of 4 courses, with an extra oyster with kimchi beforehand. The menu consisted of the following dishes:

Kohlrabi with kohlrabi leaves, miso and fermented radish.
I really didn’t know what to expect from this, but it was terribly delicious. Fine structures in the mouth with a lot of freshness. Really wow.

Cod with beetroot.
Very special, the cod was completely rolled up in a kind of leaf and was cooked just right.

Guinea fowl with gently cooked onions, morels and broth.
This was a very rich dish, warm, comfort food and again perfectly cooked.

Apple, buckwheat and amazake
The dessert was a kind of cake with ice cream from amazake (I had to look up amazake: it’s a Japanese drink made from rice) and apple.

The natural wines

The wines were matched to the dish we ate. Odile opened something delicious every time and let us taste it. Odile also has its own wine shop Winestories where you can also buy most wines as a consumer.

Address

Otto Volante
Overtoom 534H
1054 LL Amsterdam

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