Culinary entrepreneur Carsten Klint has a nose for gastronomic hotspots, new culinary initiatives and tasty addresses in the Benelux. Every week he reveals one of his hidden gems. This week it is two-star restaurant De Lindehof in Nuenen.

Photo Carsten Klint: RJR Photography

Offer chances

“Chef Soenil Bahadoer knows how difficult it is to get opportunities, which is why he thinks it is important to also offer immigrant young people opportunities. He demands the maximum from everyone. Training or experience is secondary, motivation and passion predominate. A good example is former student Jermain de Rozario. He was awarded by Michelin two years ago and is currently one of the most talented chefs in the Netherlands.”


“Herbs and spices make Soenil's dishes unique. No tightly balanced quantities and compositions, but feeling, that's what it's all about. Garam masala, râs el hânout, vadouvan; spice mixtures that give dishes a special taste based on French cuisine.

The taste painter's two-star restaurant is located in Nuenen, the place where the famous resident Vincent van Gogh lived for two years and painted a quarter of his entire oeuvre. As a token of the community's appreciation, Soenil received the Silver Medal of Honor from the mayor in February. Restaurant guide Gault&Millau crowned him Chef of the Year 2020, in the year that he celebrates his 25th anniversary. And Soenil is the best at celebrating! His burst of laughter is contagious, just like his enthusiasm and passion for the chef's profession. His book was published this week Spicy Chef and what tells the story of his Surinamese roots and the role food plays in his family. With more than fifty dishes you get a good idea of ​​his Surinamese-Hindustani cooking style. And that invites you to make a reservation immediately in his restaurant.”

If you want to reserve a table at De Lindehof, you can here!