What’s it like to eat at a restaurant that only has tables for one? I had lunch a few weeks ago at Eenmaal, the one of a kind pop-up restaurant in Amsterdam!
If you know Hans Lensvelt, I am sure the first thing that comes to mind is his laugh. It’s loud, it’s proud and one of a kind. Out of the hundreds of designers, director, decorators, artists, stylists and PR people I’ve met in the three years I have been blogging, Hans is one of the people I admire most – for his entrepreneurship, his boisterousness and of course his roast beef (back when I still ate meat, that is!). At his Amsterdam home and showroom, Hans Lensvelt has hosted stunning exhibitions during Elle Festival. And at the moment, the ground floor is the home of the new FRAME store.
Anyway, back to lunch at Eenmaal. In case you don’t speak Dutch, ‘eenmaal’ means ‘once’ in English. And let me tell you, lunch at Eenmaal was…well, interesting! Let me tell you how it went!
This is the image I’d seen on Eenmaal website. I wasn’t really sure beforehand whether the restaurant would be for one or that the tables would be for one. In any case, it would make for an interesting experiment…
…Okay, I know that as a blogger you need to take lots and lots of pictures at events. The thing is though, it was kind of weird to whip out your camera at what turned out to be a restaurant with tables for one that were placed just a little too far apart to strike up a conversation with your neighbor. Which is probably why I decided in the moment to bring out my inner food stylist and take pictures of the food instead. Sorry! Oh and, nice starter right?
My view from the table I got. Yes, it was placed opposite a wall. Not much to see, but that Studio Job pattern was pretty cool!
On to the next course – still no courage to take a picture of the room (sorry, Hans)!
Time to take a look from the window at the backyard. Did you know that all those lovely buildings along the Amsterdam canals have humongous backyards? Bet you didn’t!
Oh look, some magazines to tie me over. And what a nice vintage radiator! At this point I started to wonder: how alone am I anyway? I mean, there I was, eating at a table for one, keeping in touch on Instagram with anyone who wanted to reply. And around me, people seemed to be doing the same thing. Looking on their phones, picking up a magazine, reading a book – anything to keep from actually being alone.
Yay – time for the entrée. I’m a vegan nowadays but didn’t mind making an exception for this sea bass.
Look, Alex! Dessert!
Okay, it’s now or never! Will I or won’t I take a picture of the room? Let’s start with the ceiling!
CRINGE! I finally pluck up the courage and take a picture of the other guests at Eenmaal. Now how come this embarrasses me so? Food for thought, I guess!
And that’s it folks! Thank you Hans Lensvelt for a fascinating experience! Oh and I’ll show you the ASVLT sneakers I got at the Frame store next time I see you!
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