Some days you just want to amp up the volume and treat yourself to something a little nicer, or a lot nicer. Cue in Utrecht’s newcomer; Mr Black and the White Ox. Located a little outside of Utrecht’s buzzing city center in Douwe Egberts’ old headquarter building, this new hotspot is the little culinary escapade we are all craving.
Away from the slightly pretentious, hip new places popping up (no shade, some days all we want is an instagramable stack of pancakes), Mr Black and the White Ox decided they were gonna show us how it should be done and brought their A-game. Whether you feel into top-notch lunch without breaking the bank or want to go all in with a night of fine dining, Utrecht’s new two-in-one venue plays in both courts.
Lunch at Mr Black
By day, Mr Black is charge or the kitchen. The menu offers a selection of brunch-y items; from the traditional egg dishes, soups, salads and burgers to other worldly delicacies such as carpaccio, shakshuka, burrata and other worldly delicacies. Now whatever you are picturing? Kick it up a notch both in terms of flavors and presentation–I mean have you ever seen or tasted balsamico spheres? In our humble opinion, this is pretty much as good as it gets at this price point (around 10-15€ per dish, and they are rather filling). In a nutshell; Mr Black is ticking our boxes: delicious, eye-pleasing, affordable, and very important in my case, very vegetarian-friendly.
Did I hear cocktails? Those are a selling point in my books, and Mr Black and the White Ox delivered in style. I am not just talking basics, although the wine collection is very impressive and a true step-up from your every-bar offering–I’m talking funky, out-of-the-box cocktails. We let ourselves be tempted by an Elderflower Spritz and what I believe was called ‘Call Me Honey’, and as far creativity and taste go, those were a home run.
Fine dining at the White Ox
Dinner time? The White Ox is taking over, and he’s here to impress. The White Ox side of the venue is only open Thursday to Sunday for dinner and requires reservation (see information below). It is a carefully crafted fine dining experience, including a wine pairing add-on for those who want to take advantage of the serious wine expertise of the hosts (there is even a ‘wine room’ at the back of the dinner hall, which also happens to be rentable). Guests can join in for a 3-, 4- or 5-course menu, ranging €34-46 p.p. (add €18-32 for wine pairing), in an intimate, elegant, retro-inspired decor.
If, as you should, you are curious to pay either Mr Black or The White Ox a visit, let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Mr Black & The White Ox
Vleutensevaart 100, Utrecht
NB: The top floor’s old board meeting room is available for private functions, and offers a magnificent view over the river.
*Mathilde is one of our guest editors who lives in Utrecht. She was born in Geneva, Switzerland, and currently works in Amsterdam as a Field Marketing Executive. She’s going to keep us updated on what’s happening in Utrecht and it’s surroundings!