Check out the 10 new restaurants and hotspots in Amsterdam you really shouldn’t miss! In no particular order:
This popular foodie hotspot consists of over twenty mini restaurants and who hasn’t visited it yet, should definitely go as soon as possible. From Vietnamese spring rolls to the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich and from meat platters to elegant mini tarts. Read all about it in this post.
A gorgeous new restaurant recently opened in the Rijksmuseum. On RIJKS’s menu you’ll find many slow food dishes with Dutch ingredients and lots of shared dining, with for instance a ‘Rijkstafel’ filled with small dishes. Well-known Michelin chef Joris Bijdendijk (from Bridges) leads the kitchen team and every season an international ‘curator’ guest chef will join in as well. In January this will be Margot Janse from the amazing Le Quartier Francais in Franschoek, South Africa.
3. Paper Planes
The trendy Paper Planes is located downstairs Bar Italia and serves an extensive all day breakfast during the weekends. Here you can enjoy breakfast, brunch or lunch with for instance oatmeal with almond milk or a ‘fuckin yummy burger’ with cheese and spicy chipotle mayonnaise. On Saturdays there is a DJ to get you in the party mood and the ‘breakfast for champions’ with pumpkin, lamb sausage and harissa will cure your hangover the day after.
4. De Pepernotenfabriek
Not really a restaurant, but definitely worth a mention. Producer Van Delft recently opened a real pepernoten-store in the Van Woustraat, which will be open all year long. In this shop you can buy the traditional Dutch pepernoten (or kruidnoten), but also lots of modern variations on this seasonal sweet treat. Like pepernoten with star anise and nutmeg for instance, or gold pepernoten and chocolate & orange ones.
5. Graceland bbq
As a big American barbecue fan, I wholeheartedly welcome Graceland BBQ in the Marktkantine. American Chef Brian prepares traditional dishes in his Big Betty Smoker: from the nowadays obligatory pulled pork, to fall-of-the-bone short ribs and blackened catfish. There are also many homemade sides on the menu, like hush puppies (fried cornbread pieces) and a wedge salad with ranch dressing, a ‘kick ass cocktail menu’ and some true American pies like the ‘Fat Elvis’ with peanut butter, banana and bacon. This is real American comfort food.
In the former space of Bicken on the Overtoom you now find restaurant Diverto. Here it’s all about enjoying small appetizer-sized dishes of around 11 euro. The menu is really Italian oriented with classics like vitello tonnato or tagliata, but also a more modern tuna cannelloni or flammkuchen. Interesting to know is that Diverto was partly funded through crowd funding, something I see more and more these days.
Many locals regretted the closing of ManaMana in De Pijp last spring, but now there’s good news for all fans of this Mediterranean restaurant. In the Eerste Jan Steenstraat the owners recently opened a new place, with a communal table and open kitchen. The new ManaMana also offers the same delicious vegetarian dishes like hummus, shakshuka and falafel.
8. Le Fou Fow
Another old favorite is Le Fou Fow. The former location on de Wallen is closed, but on the Elandsgracht Le Fou Fow opened a new place. In this ramen shop you can eat the most delicious Japanese noodle soups with a variety of stocks and fillings. More a fan of Vietnamese pho? Next week Pho House will open on the Haarlemmerdijk.
9. Thrill Grill
This week the long-awaited Thrill grill opened in the Gerard Doustraat. The famous burgers from chef Robert Kranenborg were already sold from food trucks, but now there’s a permanent shop in De Pijp. With Dutch meat, raw milk cheese and a sauce with nine secret ingredients the ‘thriller’ is definitely a special burger. Good to know: they also do take-away.
10. Americano Bar & Kitchen
On the corner of the Amsteldijk restaurant Americano will open its doors tonight (November 6th). This stylish place is inspired by the Italian immigrant neighborhoods in New York and was founded by the team from Carter Bar & Kitchen. On the menu you’ll find many elegant dishes to share, like burrata with watermelon and basil vinaigrette, ravioli puttanesca with fried capers, or sweet and sour sardines with tarragon. The wine menu also offers a pleasant mix of American and Italy.
Extra 1: Winter without ice cream
We all love ice cream, but these colder days ask for other dishes. Het IJscuypje already knew this: every winter their shops transform into het Stamppotje, offering traditional Dutch stamppot. Other ice cream places have now copied this concept. From this winter on, the IJsboefje in Amsterdam Oost will change into the Curryboefje and the IJsboutique in Amsterdam Zuid will transform into the Frietboutique. That will get us though winter.
Extra 2: New locations
The George-imperium keeps on expanding with now the new George Burger Bistro on the Valeriusplein, at the end of this month Screaming Beans will open a third location in the Haarlemmerstraat and in 2015 Loetje (famous for its steak) will open a new place as well.