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Amsterdam chow recs around Waterlooplein or thereabouts

Degustation | Mar 8, 2010 12:22 PM

I'm currently in Amsterdam on business for two weeks (leaving March 19 for Paris). My hotel is located near the Waterlooplein tram stop and I will commute to Ouderkerkeraan everyday.

I'm looking for some fairly inexpensive places for dinner (up to $25 €) that are near Waterlooplein or any tram stops near that stop. I have a weekly season pass valid for two zones so I can travel anywhere in the zones that are covered by the pass. However, since I usually get back to the hotel by 6:00 - 6:30, I don't want to travel too far since I sometimes have to get back to the hotel to do some more work.

Sunday night, I grabbed a mixed grill plate from a place down the street (Grillroom Farao) The plate had bad shoawarma (awful, warmed over bits of meat) but the shashlik and kebab were better (meat was halal) . Fries were nice and crisp and salad was ok (iceberg lettuce, thinly sliced sweet pickles, cucumbers and tomatoes). The best part was the hot sauce that came with it. I didn't like the onion sauce (too sweet) and garlic sauce (not enough garlic). The owner was friendly and very earnest.

Monday night, I went to Thai Bird Snackbar because it was close, I could do takeout and it was recommended on this board. I had Penang gai with sticky rice and spring rolls. The curry was excellent, layered with flavour.

Quick Notes:

1) I like all cuisines but would prefer places unique to Amsterdam if possible. Plenty of very good Chinese / Asian cuisine from where I'm from so don't really want that. And since I'm going to Paris, French cusine is also not desired.

2) I'm dining alone until Mar 10 and after that I may be joined by a colleague for the rest of the time. So open to takeout and dine-in.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

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