Restaurants & Bars 3

Amsterdam Wonders..........

Devi | Nov 22, 200512:27 PM

I would like to really thank all the people that have posted about Amsterdam in the past year, because I read your threads before I went (last week for a week), and truly had a great food experience! Here's where we ate:

- Tapas Catalas (299 Spuistraat) loved the calamari and lamb........all the lamb I ate in this city was amazing! The fact that most/all of their cattle are grass-fed makes all the difference.

- Casa di David (49 Singel) ate here twice for a reason.......the food was consistently of high quality, with the shrimp in white wine and garlic really hitting it on the head. They served it with the head on, and the flavors were wonderful. Very friendly staff makes this an experience. The meal, from one appt., 2 main dishes, one dessert and one cappucino was about 90 euro, with 2 glasses of wine and bottled water also.

- Kunjin de Tiger (sp?)(290 Spuistraat I think) Indonesian place. I tried it one night b/c the Tapas place I mentioned, which is right next door practially, only takes cash and we didn't have enough on us. Turned out to be OK, not great in my opinion, with the pork satay being one of the better dishes.

- Miss Riss (don't have the address, but a bit outside of the main city center, slightly to the west of the Jordaan area on the next to last stop of the Tram line 10). Now this place was a big hit for several reasons. It was nicely quiet, but not overly so, very homey and 'local', with clearly local produce, meat and fish on the menu. I started with a truly great Thai pumpkin soup, then a lamb curry, which was to-die-for with fresh steamed carrots, green beans and corn, with herbed potatoes. For dessert we shared a slice of a dark chocolate truffel cake (homemade by the main chef) that had a crust of speculasbrakken (sp??)...........what a cake! The meal was very reasonable in price (about 45 euro), with us having a glass of wine, beer and cappucino. Don't miss this place!

- Van Dobben (not sure of the address, but right around the corner from our hotel, 49 Vijelstraat). This spot which I 'found' accidentily, had, according to a recent Amsterdam poll, the best croquettes in the city. I can vouch for that, as well as the best damn hamburger in the world......it was fried (I think), served on a white or wheat bun, with pickle, lettuce and a smear of mayo and katsup......the combo was heavenly and I kept going back for more......very addictive and super fresh. Due to the season we were there, they also served soups.........the pea soup is crazy good with pieces of smoked pork and sausage. This soup was clearly homemade and NOT salty at all. Get it.

- Peking Chinese Food (right accross the street from our hotel, 49 Vijelstraat). This spot served good food, but honestly I didn't have much.......my friend did and she loved the Squid in black bean sauce. I did try it and thought it was very good. Not sure I'd go way out of my way to recommend, but she did really like it.......I was tired and not too hungry at this time ( I had gorged on a few hamburgers and croquettes!!).

-Herring stand at Albert Cuyp Market was amazingly great!! Thanks for the tip off......not too salty and the pickles are just right with the fish. We went along the market and loved the fruit and dried fruit as well.

- Cafe La Ruche (sp?) at the biggest Department store at the Dam stop.........I forget the name of the store, but it's the biggest department store, like a Macy's in NYC. Their cafe was one of the best I've ever been to, with food that was of high quality and great price. Go for the desserts....the fruit tart was not too sweet, with the cheese middle and fruit topping really coming through nicely.

I will post more when I remember more.........thanks again!!!

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