Check out the 10 new restaurants and hotspots in Amsterdam you really shouldn’t miss. In no particular order:
1. De Plantage
This new restaurant in the Artis Zoo is a great addition to my neighborhood. Behind the Plantage stands a real ‘dream team’: the owners also operate Dauphine and Café Restaurant Amsterdam and the chef used to work for Hotel de Goudfazant. The gorgeously renovated space with huge terrace is worth a visit in itself, but the food is something to come back for as well. I enjoyed a lunch with a toasted tartine with a rich caponata from eggplant, sultana raisins and olives. In the evening you’ll find dishes like crispy artichoke fritters with pistachio pilaf or skate wing with baked tomatoes on the menu.
2. Pho 91
Last month I wrote about lunch place Nghia N Nghia and now there is a newly opened Vietnamese place in the Albert Cuypstraat as well. At Pho 91 you can eat – this won’t be much of a surprise – different kinds of pho (Vietnamese noodle soup), but also spring rolls, salads, chicken wings and other spicy bites. No reservations here, so make sure to stand in line (oh yes!) on time to get a seat.
3. Thee & Wijn in Oost
Monica Leegwater fulfills a lifelong dream with Thee & Wijn in Oost: running her own business. She found a love for tea when traveling in China and the sweet pies of Marco Loren’s TAART formed a great match. There is also organic wine from Spain, which matches perfectly with Marco’s savory tarts. Rather have something else? You can also order beer from Brouwerij het IJ and Basque tapas. Reason enough to go to Amsterdam Oost!
And while you’re there, make sure to visit East57 as well. In the recently renovated Casa400 complex near the Amstelstation, you’ll find this new hospitality concept. East57 consists of a coffee bar, deli/store, restaurant and a wine bar. That combination feels like a lively food market where all local producers (i.e. Erik’s Delicatessen and Brandt & Levie) present their best products. You are welcome the entire day for customized salads, a pulled pork sandwich with 5 –spices soy sauce, a Gentleman’s High Tea in the wine bar or a veggie platter with baba ganoush, chickpea cakes and the Dutch Weed Burger. With some much goodness to choose from, you will definitely come back soon.
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Restaurant Tunes in the always-stylish Conservatorium Hotel was recently transformed into the Asian restaurant Taiko. Chef Schilo van Coevorden is a huge lover of the Far East and that love is definitely notable in Taiko. I enjoyed a 9-course dinner and was highly impressed by the quality and taste of each dish. Lovely to see that Schilo plays with traditions, by creating an “Andalucia style” monkfish sashimi for instance. A dinner at Taiko isn’t cheap, but you’ll definitely experience an impressive high-quality meal.
6 & 7. Meat West & Brasserie Halte 3
I wrote about them before and now these places in West are really up and running. The four young owners have an ambitious plan with De Hallen: three separate hospitality concepts under one roof. Meat West offers carnivores a piece of good meat from the grill and Brasserie Halte 3 is an all-day venue. In a ‘vintage chique’ interior you can enjoy a slice of apple pie, do-it-yourself tiramisu or have some drinks with Brandt & Levie sausage. And there is also more info about the yet to open Foodhallen. In this indoor food market you will soon find masculine BBQ dishes from The Rough Kitchen, cheese from Caulils and the famous burgers from The Butcher.
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8 & 9. Geflipt Burgers & Burgerlijk Amsterdams
Speaking about burgers: the rise of new burger spots doesn’t seem to stop. This month Geflipt Burgers opened in the van Woustraat and Burgerlijk Amsterdams opened a bit earlier in the Runstraat. At Geflipt you can eat an organic burger with Lindenhoff meat and drink some beer or a highly original pear & rosemary lemonade from Wostok. The burgers themselves are creative as well: with Stilton cheese or homemade fig chutney for instance. Burgerlijk offers creations that are just as original, like burgers with a poached egg, truffle mayonnaise or guacamole. All served on brioche buns from the Vlaamsch Broodhuys.
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10. Bar Jones
Have you met Bar Jones? This brand new bar at the Nes is named after the owner’s girlfriend (“I select my girlfriends on their last name”). In a casual atmosphere you can drink your beer, a glass of inevitable G&T or choose a daring Pimm’s mixer. With vintage magazines covered walls and a cheese platter, this place is perfect for a truly relaxed and laid-back evening.
If your place turns out to be a great success, it’s time to expand. Frites uit Zuyd will open – way sooner than expected – a second location in the Willemsparkbuurt, to share that Southern charm with even more people. The expansion of pretty-yoga-girls-favorite-hotspot SLA also won’t stop, with soon another new spot to open in the Utrechtsestraat. And the grilled rotisserie chickens from Van ‘t Spit will be available in the Frans Halsstraat next year.