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Worth finding an ultimate restaurant in Amsterdam?

AlexRast | Oct 6, 201306:10 PM

I'm off to Amsterdam at the end of the month - the first time I'll actually be in the city as opposed to just passing through the airport. I'm interested in sampling the best the local cuisine has to offer. I have a few places that look to be on the list of definites:

Blauw aan de Wal (always seems to be recommended)
D'Vijff Vlieghen (for traditional Dutch - also open to other recommendations)
Tempo Doeloe (for Indonesian)
Gartine (for breakfast)
't Kuyltje (at least one lunch)

Also looking for:
The best pancakes in town. Value-for-money proposition is NOT a consideration; faithfulness to tradition is critical.
Seafood - I have to go to at least one good fish restaurant while there
Any recommendations here?

But a brief bit of research has me wondering how worth the effort it is to go for anywhere super-high-end and commensurately expensive. This is because I'm also in London just before and might opt for a top-end London restaurant I've not been to instead.

I go to London all the time and it's on home soil, so on the one hand there's nothing in particular that puts any urgency on exploring the scene still further; I already know it fairly well anyway. But on the other hand what I see from Amsterdam suggests that perhaps at the top end there isn't a distinctive regional style - and thus perhaps no particular reason to visit an ultra-posh restaurant in the sense that I might not find anything there that I wouldn't equally be able to find in almost any city of reasonable size and gastronomic ambition in Europe. Can anyone comment on this - specifically for places where the bill, per person, not including wine, is likely to be at least €60 or more? Is there anything that represents an unique, "unmissable" restaurant in the upper price range? If not I'll opt for a traditional Dutch place of some sort.

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