SMAAK is the first restaurant in Asia produced by Jacob Jan Boerma, a three-star Michelin chef straight from the Netherlands, the country of gastronomy. On December 15, 2022, the grand opening was held on the 46th floor of Yokohama Kitanaka Knot in Bashamichi, Yokohama, on the observation floor.
Chef Jacob Jan was born in Austria in 1972. He has been interested in cooking since childhood, attended a hotel school known for gastronomy in the Netherlands, and after graduating, learned the latest and greatest cooking techniques at Michelin-star restaurants around the world. Upon his return to the Netherlands, he became a chef at a young age. In the summer of 2002, he opened De Leest with his partner, sommelier Kim Veldman. In just six months it was awarded one Michelin star, two stars in 2007, and in 2013 it became the fourth three-star restaurant in the Netherlands. Today, he produces popular restaurants such as the White Room in Amsterdam and Restaurant Fine Fleur in Antwerp, and is active around the world
Chef Jacob, who has a reputation for focusing on the quality of ingredients and bringing out the best in them, has been fascinated by Japanese produce ever since his first visit to the country. It was a natural choice to open his first store in Asia, in Japan. A country with four seasons, blessed with mountains, surrounded by the sea and boasts an abundance of food.
At SMAAK, while gazing out at the night view of Yokohama Bayside, a special course and wine pairing will be served. It’s like a work of art, intricately intertwined with the “sourness” and “umami” that Chef Jacob specializes in, all ingeniously woven together with Japanese sourced ingredients.
Lunch course: Tilburg (3 dishes ¥6,050), Eindhoven (4 dishes ¥9,350), Utrecht (5 dishes ¥11,550)
Dinner course: Rotterdam (5 dishes ¥13,750), Amsterdam (2 types of 6 dishes ¥18,150)
Choose alcoholic or non-alcoholic pairings to match with your food. Alcohol is mainly wine, and non-alcoholic drinks are offered such as carefully selected tea and homemade infusion.
We will introduce a special course packed with SMAAK’s representative menu.
Amsterdam (as of December 2022)
Tartlets, miso, sea urchin, soybeans, black rice
Beet’s sorbet, yogurt and basil
Scheuermann Riesling Trocken 2020 (German Wine)
Lightly marinated mackerel, perilla, cucumber, couscous, Japanese-style ceviche, horseradish, marinated and pickled vegetables
This is the chef’s specialty. The arrangement of the cucumbers will be sure to amaze any customer. From cucumber foam, to pickles, to sweets, you’ll be impressed by the diversity of textures.
Bio-weingut Kemetner Red Karl – Alte Reben（Australian Wine）
Roasted scallops, synthetic chlorophyll, broth, seaweed, dill.
The chef’s original Jacob’s soup stock has a deep flavor.
Bernhard Huber Malterdinger Spätburgunder 2017（German Wine）
Served with squid, corn, garlic, coffee, vanilla and radish.
Experience the variety of dishes to be made with corn, such as corn puree or roasted corn. Savor the exquisite flavors of garlic and citrus.
Karner Gabor Vitézek Földje (Hungarian Wine)
Beef, Fermented algae, Cumin, Boxoy, Garam masala spices.
With the essence of Japanese ingredients such as kelp and wakame seaweed, the celery root puree and smoked oil contain a rich aroma.
Silvaner Eiswein Rheinhessen 2018（German Wine）
Yuzu, Raspberries, Hibiscus, Dutch candies.
Between the Rose meringue, Yuzu puree, Hibiscus puree and the butter cream, the layers of this dish bring about a most exquisite taste.
SMAAK’s cuisine is a masterpiece imbued with the chef’s innovative ingenuity. Each mouthful will leave you wondering how many ingredients are used and how much effort is put into each dish.
Pair this with the beautiful night view of Yokohama that spreads out through the large windows, a comfortable space with natural lighting for a casual air, the best cuisine, and excellent wine to match and you are in for an unforgettable evening.
Restaurant Name: SMAAK
Address: Yokohama Kitanaka Knot 46F, 5-57-2 Kitanakadori, Naka-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Access: 1-minute walk directly from Exit 2A of “Mabamichi Station” on the Yokohama Rapid Transit Minatomirai Line
Business hours: Lunch – Tuesday – Sunday 12:00 – 15:00 (L.O.13:30)
Dinner – Tuesday – Sunday 18:00 – 22:00 (L.O.20:00)
Regular holidays: Monday Seats: 58 seats / Private room: 1 room (4-10 people)