Thanks to all the posters about food in Amsterdam. We followed your tips and now have a few extras to add. Our last night we ate at Japanese Pancake World. As we did not know when we would get there we did not make a reservation but it was a Monday night and we got there before 7pm so we got a seat at the Teppan Grill. As it takes 30 minutes to make a pancake we tried the salad. It was wonderful. Then we shared a Shogayaki Special Osaka Pancake and a Hiroshama Pancake with pork strips (bacon) mushrooms and cheese. We loved them both. We talked with the chef and a regular who was sitting at the counter. It was a special evening and it is not to be missed when you are in Amsterdam.
The location is tough to find. The address on their business card is 2e Egelantiersdwarssraat 24. However our map and the street sign says Tweede Egelantiersdwarssraat. To make matters worse the street has a different name on both ends. But if you just get close and walk around you will bump into their storefront. Cost of meal was about 35E with non alcoholic drinks.
Sunday night we tried Sal Meijer's Kosher Deli about 1 mile from the Heiniken Experience.
Walk down Ferdinand Bol. When it becomes Scheldestraat you will find Sal's on the left side in the first block at number 45. I had a wonderful tomato soup and we shared pickles and cole slaw and we both had a hot corned beef sandwich. With sodas it came to 20E. The corned beef was a modest portion compared to a NY type sandwich but it was wonderful. The coleslaw was so good both of us liked it which has only happened once before. Sal's is closed on Saturday and I assume Friday night as well. Our guide book says they serve pastrami but what they serve is corned beef.
The other truely great dinner was at Balthazar's Kitchen. They are only open Wed-Fri night and they do a reservations only pre fixe for 26.50E. You get an appetizer plate to share, a choice of meat or fish entree and dessert. The food was great.
For beer check out Brouwerij 't ij, a bewery open 3-8. It is located on Funenkade 7. It is a bit out of the way but they do a tour a 4pm on fridays and they serve 4 or 5 reasonably priced beers. It is set up in an old Dutch windmill and has both indoor and outdoor seating at which to enjoy their beers.
We also ate a vegetarian restaurant, Bolhoed on Prisengracht 60-62. Cost about 30E with wine. It was good. I just can't get too excited about veggie places. I would go there again.
We tried rijsttafel at Temple Doeloe. My wife enjoyed it, I was not impressed. I have tried rijsttafel twice and came away not very happy each time so I think it is more a reflection of me than the restaurant. This was not a great value for the price.
All in all we found great food in Amsterdam.
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