Find out all about the new restaurants and hotspots in Amsterdam you shouldn’t miss!
Mossel & Gin
Foodbar Mossel & Gin combines one of the trendiest drinks (yes: Gin & Tonic) with an old favorite: mussels. This place wants to make the Dutch mussels sexy again, by preparing the classic mussel in new ways. Thai style for instance, with coconut and lemongrass. On the very affordable menu you also find crab tartar, oysters and lobster with fries. And that gin turns out to be delicious in the ‘gin mayo’ with Dutch shrimps as well.
Filter is a small coffee place in the lobby of the eco friendly Ecomama hotel. Of course Filter is friendly for the environment too and therefor sells almost all organic products. They have coffee from Headfirst, original sodas and delicious sweets. Like Millionaire’s shortbread with caramel for instance, or freshly baked lemon poppy seed muffins. A lovely spot like Filter can change the vibe of an entire street!
(left: Filter, right: Koffie ende Koeck)
Koffie ende Koeck
Close to the Westerpark you find another adorable coffee place: Koffie ende Koeck. This hotspots is 100% vegan and will please even the most critical gluten- or sugar free guest. Besides coffee and fresh slow juice, you’ll find several creative dishes here. Like bread pudding with pear, caramelized walnuts, hazelnut and vanilla cream. How amazing does that sound?
Pop-up restaurant Répéré is gone, but luckily we now have HENK. Until the end of 2014 you can enjoy a wonderful lunch, drink or dinner here. On the simple menu (ideal for those with trouble deciding!) you find dishes like quinoa sushi with coconut curry and pickled cucumber, or white chocolate mousse with pineapple gel and basil crumble. Even better is that they also have a gin-tonic bar and offer special take-away packages for picnics.
The new location of Bar Brouw just opened at the Beukenplein. Brisket, pulled pork and special beers are now also available in Amsterdam East. And this summer Smokin Barrels will open at the same square, where they will serve a surf & turf based menu. From ‘burgers and fries’ to ‘lobster and cocktails’. Sounds promising!
And there is more! This summer, two other hospitality concepts open in West. Brasserie Halte 3 (from espresso with pie to a complete dinner) and Meat West (with – and this comes as no surprise – meat dishes). Both places belong to De Hallen: the restored old tram building at the Bellamyplein.
Also, I am already enthusiastic about Frites uit Zuyd, the restaurant at the Ceintuurbaan by a passionate entrepreneur from Maastricht. Southern hospitality, good fries and dishes like zoervleis: all in Amsterdam. Can’t wait!