Ok, so this is the third time I’ve made my “A-BAUT last night” wordplay in the past week… But I’m tired, and this is also the third article I’ve written about BAUT. Why? Because how else to capture a restaurant that calls itself a “Moving Circus” and describes itself as “forever temporary”? I popped my BAUT cherry back in 2015 when it was at its first location on the Wibautstraat. Then in 2016 I made a video of my dinner at BAUT Zuidas. And now these culinary entrepreneurs have popped up in the shape of BAUT Spaarndammerbuurt – literally right opposite my house. We are officially on the cool map, it seems.
Opening night at the restaurant was on 27 January, while BAUT’s cultural space upstairs (in what used to be my local salsa club) launches its programme of performances on 7 February. By now you’re probably already familiar with the BAUT formula: good food (accessible rather than fine dining), a buzzing atmosphere, and an array of weird and wonderful things going on – this time around at the aptly named “BovenBAUT”. So I’m not going to get into great detail about this latest incarnation – except to say that they’ve done the Magdalenakapel (the building was originally a chapel) and the Spaarndammerbuurt proud. The venue looks as edgy as ever, and the food is still good value at €41.50 for four courses.*
*Note: I was invited to a press event at BAUT so I ate for free; but I’ve checked their regular menu and all the dishes we ate appear on there, so you can expect to eat something very similar to what’s pictured below if you order the chef’s menu.