- The Netherlands
- A. J. Samuels
Amsterdam has begun to emerge as a destination of choice for discerning restaurant-lovers, with a number of establishments from the high-end to the no-frills gaining recognition. Here, we take a look at a variety of the best options for eating out in the Dutch capital.
The two Michelin starred Ciel Bleu is located on the twenty-third floor of the Okura Hotel, offering stunning views over Amsterdam. It is a high-end, contemporary restaurant that offers a variety of multiple course tasting menus as well as well as a la carte options. The cuisine is a decadent mix of classic dishes—turbot, pigeon, and lamb amongst them—with exotic and creative twists: the lamb, for instance, is served with aubergine, polenta, and miso.
Ferdinand Bolstraat 333, 1072 LH, +31206787450
Named after the head chef’s mother, in honor of her home cooking, Restaurant Greetje is an upscale, sophisticated take on authentic Dutch cuisine. It uses changing, seasonal and local organic ingredients to devise new creations from traditional ideas. A duck liver terrine is served as a sandwich with Frisian sugar bread and apple syrup, for instance, and slow-cooked mackerel is available with candied artichoke.
Pepperstraat 23 – 25, 1011 TJ, +31207797450
Amsterdam has a significant and vibrant Indonesian restaurant scene, and one of the best options for sampling this varied cuisine is the small but very popular Tempo Doeloe. A staple of Dutch-influenced Indonesian dining is the rijsttafel (rice table), a selection of a great many tiny dishes all served together from which to pick and choose, and at Tempo Doeloe there are three options: a vegetarian rijsttafel, a small rijsttafel (both fifteen dishes) and a grand rijsttafel of twenty-five dishes, though one can of course order a la carte as well. The skewers of goat with soy sauce (rated ‘very hot’ on the menu) are a particular favorite.
Utrechtstraat 75, 1017 VJ, +31206256718.
Ron Gastrobar is a relaxed, down-to-earth restaurant which concentrates on top-quality food and service. It’s committed to affordability and accessibility: most dishes on the menu, from smoked eel risotto to goose liver, are around €15.
Sophialaan 55 hs, 1075 BP, +31204961943
Located in the Okura Hotel, Yamazato is the premier choice for Japanese food in Amsterdam. It serves traditional Japanese food, with a kaiseki set menu of eight or nine dishes, as well as sashimi, teriyaki, tempura and its legendary sushi available a la carte. At lunchtimes, as a cheaper alternative to its high-end dinner menu, Yamazato serves some dishes, such as shrimp tempura or seasonal grilled fish, in lacquered lunch boxes with rice, pickles and Miso soup.
Ferdinand Bolstraat 333, 1072 LH, +31206787450
A significant cuisine to be found in Amsterdam is that of former Dutch colony: Suriname. Its food is heavily influenced by its history; during its time as a colony, Suriname was settled by various peoples from all over the Dutch empire, and its cuisine bears the hallmarks of food from Indonesia, the Caribbean, India and China. Kam Yin, a popular no-frills restaurant in the Red Light District, leans more towards the Chinese elements of Surinamese food, serving a variety of noodle dishes, it also serves the originally South Asian roti, and is well-known for its broodje pom, a sandwich of chicken and root vegetables.
Warmoesstraat 6, +31206253115.
Vis Aan de Schelde
The popular Vis Aan de Schelde is one of the best places in Amsterdam to get fresh seafood and fish dishes. The kitchen staff changes the menu every ten weeks, as well as offering tailored three, four or five course fixed menus. Dishes are always artfully conceived and made from very fresh ingredients: in the past, it has served tuna tartare, monkfish with pork belly, and haddock with scallops, ham and venus rice cooked in squid ink.
Scheldeplein 4, 1078 GR, +31206751583
Situated in a glasshouse in Frankendael Park, De Kas restaurant shares its space with its own garden, providing the freshest possible vegetables and herbs for the kitchen. Ingredients that aren’t grown next door are locally sourced, either at De Kas’ own farm or others outside town. The three-course fixed menu, shifts daily according to what is in season and what is available, ensuring that freshness of ingredients takes priority in the creation of De Kas’ Mediterranean-inspired dishes.
Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3, 1097 DE, +31204624562
A Michelin starred restaurant, the renowned and high-end La Rive is located at the luxurious Hotel InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam, on the ground floor with views of the Amstel River. It serves contemporary French haute cuisine, all made with the finest possible ingredients. Menu options include red mullet served with Thai curry, or wagyu beef with oxtail and Cevenne onions. For those really wishing to splash out, a six course fixed menu is available, but there are also less extravagant lunch menus.
&samhoud places is the brainchild of the Michelin two-starred chef Moshik Roth, who had previously worked at the famous ‘t Brouwerskolkje restaurant in Overveen. &samhoud features a six-course tasting menu, where patrons can sample a wide variety of Roth’s innovative experiments in molecular gastronomy: a frozen Old Fashioned cocktail with foie gras, sole with hazelnut emulsion, and corn ice cream with salmon foam are just some of the unusual combinations on offer.
Oosterdokskade 5, 1011 AD, +31202602094