Paardenstraat 15III, 1017 CX Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Graphite Located behind an unmarked door of a former diamond factory and requiring a personal QR code for entry, the newest venture from Michelin-starred chef Peter Gast has the speakeasy trend down pat. But the gimmicks end once you enter the dining room: a plush, dimly lit space outfitted with velvet half-moon banquets separated by mesh curtains, which ensure privacy among the 20 lucky diners seated each evening. It’s an appropriately sophisticated setting for Gast’s elaborate 10- to 20-course tasting menus, whose beautifully composed dishes are often complemented by fresh flowers and herbs. Menus, which change around five times a year, have included beef tartar topped with Dutch caviar and served in an eggshell; Hamachi in beet and raspberry sauce; and North Sea crab garnished with tomato jelly. Tasting menus start at €100 and there are also several dishes available a la carte.