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Amsterdam report/restaurants (and one in Antwerp)

valerie | May 3, 2005 07:34 AM

After a lot of planning, we took a trip to Amsterdam and Belgium. My descriptions are short and if you need more info let me know.

LOF - This is the second time I went there and I really enjoy the food. I think it is solid. For 35EU you get a starter, main and dessert and they offer a fish/meat/veg options (5 starters/3 main). The place has a local vibe but it's not humming, if you know what I mean. Seems more like just friends, locals and biz associates catching up and enjoying some very good food before heading home.

PULPO - I liked Pulpo alot. It's a small place, on the casual side and very nice food. I had a tuna tartare that was very memorable and my husband had a quail that stood out. Mains all run 18 EURO. This place had a nice buzz to it and did not have tourists around. The service was very good too. I really liked it a lot and would definitely go back if I am in the neighborhood.

BEDDINGTONS -- Excellent food but too stuffy. If you are over 50 (maybe even 60) and want some fine dining (in a quiet setting) then definitely go here. The staff is lovely and Jean Beddington knows how to cook! The house apertif is lovely. Fixed menu at 42 EU.

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Antwerp

De Kleine Zavel -- Gourmet food in a nice, but not stuffy setting. We stayed across the street at T'sandt (which is an excellent hotel --btw) and ambled over here for dinner. The food has an amalgam of a lot going on (some would say too much) but on the whole, I definitely thought it was well executed. I has a tuna starter that was very unique and a seafood tagliatelle that rocked (to use an old LA term). The buzz was good too; a real nice ambience.

Brugge - no standouts at all. It was a bummer on the food front.

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