Check out the new restaurant and hotspots in Amsterdam you shouldn’t miss. An extra long edition with 11 spots!
I had been expecting the new spot from hospitality entrepreneur Casper Reinders for a while and last week it was finally there. On the Kleine Hartmanplantsoen Nacional opened, a French brasserie with the allure of New York top places like Balthazar. On the menu you’ll find real brasserie classics, like steak tartare, fruits de mers and ile flottante. A definite success, if you ask me.
2. Porter Bar & Kitchen
Porter Bar & Kitchen also wants to bring the New York and London brasserie vibe to Amsterdam. The British chefs at this place cook classic bistro food with a modern and creative twist. Besides ‘fruits de mers’ they offer ‘fruits de terre’ (with radishes and pea hummus) and the Bloody Mary is served as a soup. And because there’s pretty much no Amsterdam menu without quinoa or Gin&Tonic, these favorites are also available here.
The next five months you can visit restaurant Instock on the Westergasterrein. This unique concept received much media attention. Here, chefs cook meals with ingredients that otherwise would be thrown away. The ex-Albert Heijn employees behind this place get to take away food from that same supermarket each morning. Products that can’t be sold, but aren’t out of date yet. The meals served prove that there’s nothing from with these otherwise wasted products. Tip: they serve brunch on Sundays.
4. Frites uit Zuyd and Par Hasard
I wrote about Frites uit Zuyd before: a great fries shop with the charm of the South. If you walk through this place, you automatically enter the tastefully decorated restaurant Par Hasard. Must-try is the ‘boeuf uit Zuyd‘ and I also loved the steak tartare with pork belly. I’m also sure the accompanying golden brown, perfectly crispy french fries will be gone in no-time!
5. Bar Hutspot
After the great success of the Hutspot concept stores, a bar wasn’t more than a logical next step. And yes: next door to Hutspot in the Van Woustraat you know find Bar Hutspot. Seven days a week they serve dishes like creamy burrata with rocket pesto, an Angus burger with bacon, cheddar and homemade BBQ sauce or chocolate mud pie. Everything pretty affordable too: the burger costs you 10 dollar.
6. Salsa Shop
The four young guys behind the Salsa Shop noticed the huge success of Chipotle in the US and thought: we can do that too. On July 19, they open the Salsa Shop on the Amstelstraat, where burritos, salads, tacos and burrito bowls are freshly prepared with high quality ingredients. Fast food, but really tasty and good for you. And completely in line with the New York taco trend. Nice to see that the guys also offer six different salsas and homemade lemonade. And that they bring the popular hibiscus to the Netherlands. I’ve said it before: this will be hot!
7. IJs van Oost
After Mezzo, Yscuypje and IJsboefje there now is another lovely ice cream place in Amsterdam East. On the Javastraat you can order scoops of artisanal ice cream. We’ll definitely get through the summer this way!
The most gorgeous temporary restaurant this summer is again Vuurtoreneiland in the Markermeer. Only the experience of arriving by boat is worth the experience. Unfortunately, more people know this, because the reservations for this season are already sold out. But there is still hope: on sunny days there will be 10 extra spots available. And otherwise you can find enough alternative pop-up restaurants in this list.
9. Van ’t Spit
What’s better than a rotisserie roasted chicken? Pretty much nothing, was what the owners of ‘Van ‘t Spit’ in Amsterdam West thought. That’s why they don’t offer much choice: you only need to choose between a full or half chicken. Of course that chicken is perfectly prepared, that’s a huge plus of one-item places like these. Order some organic fries, coleslaw and corn on the side. And don’t forget the homemade applesauce.
Last month the Volkshotel opened in the old Volkskrant building on the Wibautstraat. With a café, cocktail bar, club, working spaces, 172 hotel rooms, rooftop, restaurant ánd a very mixed audience there’s a lot to experience here. Restaurant Canvas still exists, but is revamped as well. They serve dishes like chicken thighs with port reduction and sweet potato or a risotto with fennel and taleggio cheese. And in the afternoon you can eat a creative sandwich for only 5 euro: with smoked trout, pecans and avocado for instance.
The Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam Noord just gets better and better. On the old Shell location next to the IJ, restaurant THT opened its doors. You can still feel the canteen atmosphere, but the dishes are of a completely different level. You can share creative little dishes, like cumin madeleines with baba ghanoush, tempura fried cauliflower with hoisin sauce or coconut shrimps with sweet mango sauce.