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Amsterdam Tip Sheet for 2007 (Very Long)


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Amsterdam Tip Sheet for 2007 (Very Long)

mgarland | | Jan 31, 2007 10:06 AM

I've spent some time compiling this list to take with my on my trip to Amsterdam this summer. It's recommendations from this board over the past year, in no particular order. Please let me know if I've missed anything important!

Amsterdam Tip Sheet

Japanese Pancake World
2e Egelantiersdwarsstraat 24a

UrbanHunterGatherer on Apr 11, 2006:

“I highly suggest you arrange to sit at the teppan grill (kind of like the grill you find at the classic Japanese steak houses) where you can see the chef whirl his spatulas and turn basic ingredients into round wonders. For a foodie like me, the Japanese pancake education doled out by the chef/owner at the teppan grill was the culinary highlight of my visit to Amsterdam. “

My partner and I split two pancakes, which was plenty for the two of us.

We ordered an Osaka-style pancake called Shogayaki Special Osaka, which had the Osaka pancake base of batter and veggies and flavorings, but also marinated beef, spinach, and onions. The overall taste was rich and satisfying. I particularly enjoyed the strong ginger seasoning of the beef and fresh green taste of the spinach and the overall crispy texture of the pancake.

The second pancake we ordered was a Hiroshima-style cake called Butama Hiroshima, which was constructed quite differently than the Osaka cake. The actual pancake was crepe-like, and then loads of veggies were mounded on top to dizzying heights to form the basic Hiroshima pancake, but then the Butama ingredients (pork strips, cheese, and mushrooms) were added to the mix. The real mouth-dropper was when the chef skillfully flipped the pancake over in one adept move to brown the other side. You don’t see things like that in my kitchen. The first flavor that hit me from this cake was actually the fruit found in the sauce added to the outside, very tasty citrus, but as I delved deeper, the fruit tang mingled with the smoky bonito, pork, and unexpectedly appropriately placed cheese. A definite winner.

All in all Japanese Pancake World was a great value. We found the food excellent, the owners gracious, and the experience highly educational. “
RatBoy on Apr 13, 2006:
“Just got back to NY from a trip to London and Amsterdam and the best meal I had the whole week (or maybe whole year) was at Japanese Pancake House in Amsterdam.

I have searched out Okonomiyaki in LA and New York (never had it in Japan yet) and this was the best by far.
It is a small shop with an open teppan grill, and the owners/chefs were extremely nice. Its really great to have a meal cooked by someone who loves the dish. He was talking up a storm while we watched him cook, and he was telling us that pretty much everything except for the sauce and mayonaise is made from scratch.

Three of us shared 3 pancakes; a shogayaki special Osaka, a hiroshima style butatama and a negi-seafood. I liked the butatama best - but all were great.”

Saskia's Huiskamer (Saskia’s Living Room
Albert Cuypstraat 203 C huis (let op begane grond
)T 06-28629839

sixelagogo on Aug 01, 2006:

Just got back from Amsterdam where my dude and I had a meal at Saskia's restaurant. 5 courses + wine for 28 euro's each was a deal, not to mention the set up. I chose this restaurant from site called "like a local" found at .
Saskia's was perfect; we ate at a table literally on Albert Culpstrat (in the Pijp) with about 20 other people at a long table- It was REALLY HOT. Saskia's got room for about 24 inside, though it was too hot to eat inside. My dude and I were the only ones from the states, while 1 other couple was from Scotland- the rest were "locals".
The meal started with a phyllo pastry filled with some sort of spiced meat and topped with sesame seed; Second course, an arugula salad served with a delicious frittata; third course, cold vischysous(sp) with pieces of smoked fish; fourth course, pan seared seabass with "stump pot" (tradinal mash potoatoes with a twist- avacado in this case); fifth course, a fruit tart.
Food was amazing. As guests we were recrutied to take food to the table, refill our wine and water, and bus the dishes. It made it really fun and personal. I Definately suggest Saskia's restaurant or another like a local experience if and when you go to amsterdam.

De Kas
Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3
1097 DE Amsterdam
T +31 (0)20 462 45 62
F +31 (0)20 462 45 63

gourmand_syndrome Dec 07, 2006:

We recently returned from Amsterdam and experienced some incredible dining. As you keep hearing de Kas is amazing. If you would like to see some pictures of de Kas and other restaurants check out our bog, where we are posting all of our meals from that trip.

Bradbury Jun 06, 2006

“De Kas is marvellous, and probably more of a cuisine "experience" than DWU, but it's not exactly cozy ... you're eating in a big glass greenhouse in a park. Which is spectacular in June but pretty much dark in January. Food's still just as good, though.”
Bradbury Jan 05, 2006:
“De Kas is in a big, airy greenhouse in a park just outside the center of town (but directly accessible via the #9 tram). It operates on the "Chez Panisse" principle of using local organic produce/meat to offer a single four-course meal each day. (Though there are substitute courses available for those with vegetarian/allergy issues) The food is reliably great, and the setting lovely (though in January you'll miss the experience of greenhouse dining during a May sunset...)”

Various tips:

pjbarone Oct 15, 2006

I just came back from Amsterdam a month ago and thru the guidance of locals found some good places to eat.

You must eat at Envy. Its expensive, but if you are going to Christophe, you should be ok. Try the Bleu de Termignon and the Jamon Iberico.

Another hidden Gem is Restaurant de Luwte (Leliegracht 26-28). Very nice place. outdoor tables if the weather is mild.

If you crave Spanish Tapas, head to Paso Doble (westerstraat 86) The tortilla, the patatas bravas, the albondigas, lamb chaps, everything was great.

A great pub around 5-8pm is De Drie Fleschjes (Gravenstraat 18). They have been there since 1650. Large casks line the wall. always a good spot to drink with the locals. Try the Corenwyn. the liverwurst is good to wash it down with.

For Chinese, Head to Nam Kee (Zeedijk 111-113). Nothing pretty, but the Bami soep, the oysters with black bean sauce, really anything you order here is excellent. I've eaten at most of the chinese on the Zeedijk, and this one is my favorite.

Tango (Warmoestraat 49) is great place for Lamb Chops. Order enough and they bring them to you on a comal. Argentenian steakhouse.

Bradbury Jan 11, 2006:

Upscale continental/creative: De Kas, Voorbij het Einde, Balthazar's Keuken

Middle Eastern: Zina (north African), Divan (Turkish


Indonesian: Tempo Doeloe, Blue Pepper, Sama Sebo

Italian: Sa Seada

African game: Pygma-Lion

Seafood: Eenvistweevis, Le Pecheur

Belgian: Senz, De Brakke Grond

Soup/Salad lunch: Brasserie Joffers

Dessert menu (since you asked): College Hotel, De Witte Uyl, Dining Eleven

Chocolates to go: ArtiChoc

Beer: In 't Arendsnest, De Zotte

Chinese: Don't bother. Everyone talks about the oysters at Nam Kee, and they are pretty good, but nothing special if you've had good Chinese chow in LA, NYC, SF, etc.

Also avoid: Argentine steakhouses, most pancake places, anything on Leidseplein/Rembrandtplein/Damrak, Supperclub, Kantjil en de Tijger, and the food (as opposed to the good bar scenes) at Mansion, Vakzuid, or Strand West

Moeders (Mother’s)
Rozengracht 251. 1016 SX Amsterdam

dpastor on Sep 28, 2006:

“We tried Mothers - mentioned frequently on this board - and it was fantastic. We were the only tourists, everyone else were young Dutch couples happily eating the sampler main course. The lobster soup was better than soups at more expensive restaurants and Mother's salad with cured beef - which was a soft, luscious tasty breasola-type meat. Too jet lagged for the sampler meal, I got the hotpot - which had great gravy with mashed potatoes and vegetables (that day it was mashed endives, which were really good) and ok sausage and meat. My husband got some vegetarian option - skip it. Next to us, I saw couples tuck into plates with hotpot and side plates of braised beef, red cabbage and a type of meat hash. How I envied them. No more pancakes for dessert (as recommended on this board) but a very good apple pie. Mothers is near the chic Jordaan section but far enough away not to be too touristy.”

dpastor Oct 12, 2006:

“I ate at Mothers last night on this boards recommendation. Atmosphere was super cute, charming, it was busy but intimate and very cosy. Wait staff adorable. Everything was great . . . but the food.

The crayfish (which the enlgish menu calls lobster) soup was very good. Everything else was basically enormous portions of very heavy, dutch standards . . . felt more like something you would get at a cafeteria than a restaurant. If you want a large portion of meat and with potatoes and cabbage and gravy than I suppose it is okay, but i think you might fare better at one of the cute places we passed on the walk from the dam to Jordaan, serving things like escargot, oysters . . . other tasty treats…

Yes, perhaps I should have been more explicit. Mothers restaurant is for people who like lots and lots of meat. Even their salad has meat in it, and quite good too. The vegetarian dishes were forgettable. It's for people who want the old-fashioned Dutch food.”

Eetsalon Van Dobben
Korte Reguliersdwarsstraat 5-9 bij het Amsterdamse Rembrandtplein

dpastor on Sep 28, 2006:

Von Dobbin serves the ultimate Dutch croquet - it is on Cort Reguliersdwarstraat with is near the Rembrantsplein, and is off Reguliersdwarstaat- a bit hard to find. Get there before noon if you can, it gets very busy. You order croquets, which come right from the kitchen, hot and crusty on the outside, molten on the inside. We got ossenworst (ox pate?) and roast beef sandwichs, as for the hard bread. Many people got the hot pork sandwich topped by a thick gravy. No tables, just stools.

Restaurant de Witte Uyl
Frans Halsstraat 26
1072 BR Amsterdam
tel. +31 (0)20 6 700 458

fatboy44 Jun 01, 2006:

"De Witte Uyl" is a great cozy "gezellig as the Dutch call it" restaurant with some good competent cooking. Great for an anniversary. We ate there a few month ago on a trip to Amsterdam and truly enjoyed the place.

Bradbury Jun 02, 2006

“I'll second the recommendation for De Witte Uyl. Great food and gezellig atmosphere, and Annemieke is the hostess-with-the-mostest ... get her talking and she won't lead you wrong.”

Bradbury Jan 05, 2006:

“De Witte Uyl is in De Pijp, between Museumplein and Marie Heinekenplein and next door to an impossibly cool art gallery/custom bike shop (how Dutch is THAT?) It's much more gezellig than De Kas, with muted colors, warm light/candles, and "centerpieces" that are really vintage cognac selections. There's a seasonal menu from which you select two (equally-sized) courses, some wonderful desserts, and a small but very well-selected wine list. The proprietor, Annemieke, will make you feel like regulars on your first visit, and like family on your second.”

Malaysia Restaurant Nyonya
Koveniersburgwal 38,
tel. 4222447
Opposite the Korenbloemen.

cytrey on Apr 29, 2006:

I just tried this new Malaysian place in the center of Amsterdam, Nonya (same name as the one in NYC), at 38 Kloveniersburgwal, near the Niewemarkt. It was unbelievably authentic and tasty. The laksa noodle soup was huge, full of prawns and other meats, and the soup base was just spicy enough with coconut milk. The Hainanese chicken rice was made the right way, with the rice cooked fresh everyday in chicken broth (I asked the chef about it). They even have a house special nasi goreng that I had never tasted before, and the chef was not too keen to divulge the secret recipe for it either. Just wanted to share this great find with anyone in Amsterdam or just passing through--especially since I find that the Indonesian food here is not all that terrific for a place that is famous for it.

Other Indonesian:

Bradbury Mar 03, 2006

“Other Indonesian options include:

Blue Pepper (Indo-moderne, pricier but probably worth it


Desa (very authentic, great value but a bit further from center)

Tujuh Maret (much more casual, maybe better for lunch)

Sama Sebo (near museums, a bit touristy but still quite good)

Under no circumstances should you go to Kantjil en de Tijger, no matter how many tourist guidebooks they buy advertising in ...”

Cheap Eats:

Bradbury Jan 20, 2006

“A few suggestions for those visiting this fair city on a tight budget (with a slight geographic bias toward my neighborhood, around the Museumplein and Vondelpark):

Tootsie - for the best club sandwich I've had anywhere in Europe

Riaz - for Surinamese rotis

Beyrouth - great, cheap, filling Lebanese

Tujuh Maret - next door to Tempo Doeloe, much cheaper and more informal, just walk in and sit down for yummy, reasonably-priced Indonesian

De Zotte - for 80+ Belgian ales and whatever their menu special is (they have a surprisingly good cook


Cafe De Koe - for your cholesterol fix

't Smalle - no gourmet experience, but one of the best brown cafes, in the prettiest setting

Narbonne - weird but good mix of North African (great lamb specials), Mexican and Catalonian. Tasty and modestly priced, with two features rare in Amsterdam: huge portions and friendly waitresses

Kanis en Meiland - a pun on its location (KNSM Island), wonderful funky cafe with great soups and sandwiches, locals love it because of a) great waterfront scene b) tourists can't find it c) near some primo haute-design shopping”

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