Time for a new list! Check out the new restaurants and culinary hotspots in Amsterdam you really shouldn’t miss. In no particular order:
1. Wilde Zwijnen Eetbar
One of my old favorites in Amsterdam is restaurant Wilde Zwijnen. I’ve been here many times and always left the place satisfied and happy. Very good to know that the owners have now opened another place: the Wilde Zwijnen eetbar. A casual bar with small dishes between 7 and 12 euro. The cuisine is comparable to the original Wilde Zwijnen, but with more Italian, Spanish and French influences. Good to know: all wines are available per glass or half/full bottle. Sounds good already!
On the Mercatorplein in de Baarsjes you can now find Frits. This bar feels a bit like an English pub and will make every beer lover instantly happy with its eleven tap beers and many specialty beers (like the Punk IPA with kiwi). You can also eat burgers here: like ‘the Frits’, with beef from local butcher De Wit, bacon and cheddar. At Frits the party continues until deep in the night. With beer and bar snacks. And that’s exactly how it’s supposed to be.
3. Ellis Gourmet Burgers
If you ask me, there can’t me too many good burger places, so the new location of the Belgian Ellis Gourmet Burgers is more than welcome. In the renovated place of former pop-up restaurants Henk and Repéré this new place benefits from the ever-popular fast casual trend. Ellis serves classic burgers, but also creatieve variations like the ‘guaco-waco lamb’ with guacamole and sweet chili of the ‘Bollywood Delight’ with chicken, mango chutney and yogurt sauce. Remarkable: there is table serving, just like in a formal restaurant.
(picture credit: Ellis Gourmet)
More goodness from Belgium: former Antwerpen inhabitant Bert brings the amazing Caffènation coffee to Amsterdam. In the Schinkelbuurt you find this lovely place with a distinct livingroom-meets-loft-feeling, Belgian hospitality and cookies with your coffee. And that cup of coffee definitely impresses, because Caffènation is famous for a reason. Go for a classic filter coffee or espresso, or take the creative route with creations like the ‘bitter moon’, with dark Madagascar chocolate and cinnamon. The coffee beans are roasted in Antwerpen and even the chocolate is homemade.
5. Instock Toko
Instock is the supermarket employee founded pop-up restaurant where they work with products that otherwise wouldn’t reach your plate. The restaurant on the Westergasterrein is a real success and will get a permanent location soon. And to save even more food from the garbage, Instock has now also opened a deli in the Ferdinand Bolstraat. At this to-go store they offer fresh meals, completely dependent on the “catch of the day”. There’s no menu, but there is a guarantee for inventive, affordable and healthy food.
6. Morgan & Mees
In the gorgeously renovated space at the Tweede Hugo de Grootstraat hotel Morgan & Mees opened its doors. And whoever enters this place, can’t imagine it’s a former gym. The stylish restaurant in the hotel is open all day long and serves French classics like steak frites, but also more modern dishes like glazed eggplant with miso and goat cheese.
(picture credit: Morgan & Mees)
In The Bank at the Utrechtsestraat you will find Hummbar, the latest concept of the hospitality group behind Shabu Shabu. In this concrete industrial spot your choices are pleasantly limited: lobster or burgers. You only need to decide how you want your lobster (steamed with fries? In a trendy lobster roll?) or burger (with truffle mayonnaise and old cheese? Basil mayonnaise and mozzarella?). And if that’s still too hard, you can always go for the lobster & burger combination.
8. La Fucina
In the Javastraat in Amsterdam Oost there now is La Fucina. This tiny and very cosy place is owned by a young Italian couple that has a very interesting concept in hands. Here you can eat delicious authentic pizza’s and pasta’s, for very affordable prices. The thick pizza’s are topped with combinations like pumpkin and rosemary or dried tomatoes and salami. You order them per rectangular slice, so you can try different flavors. Make sure to leave some room for dessert. More delicious stuff from Italy can soon be found in that same street, when Tom of wine store Monega will open the doors of wine bar Gallizia.
Around the corner from – oh yes! – the Javastraat you can also find the new restaurant NELIS. This sympatric place was founded by chef Kees and hostess Inge. The down to earth couple wants to offer everyone a welcome place to eat and stay. Or in their words: “NELIS is you friend who’s always there” and “we stand next to you”. In that heartwarming atmosphere they serve traditional dishes that are executed really well. With cheese sticks or ‘bitterballen’ with your beer and an old-fashioned beef stew for dinner.
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I assume I don’t need to tell you around the corner from which street VijfnulVijf is located? Right. On the Insulindeweg number 505 (hence the name) father and sons Hu opened this great Asian place. Vijfnulvijf has a remarkable modern and ‘quasi-nonchalant’ décor and serves Asian street food. Little bites like steamed hoisin Duck buns, all kinds of sushi or spareribs with honey sauce. And everything very affordable.
EXTRA | Wait a little longer for:
– The expansion of the George imperium just won’t seem to stop, because after i.e. Café George, George WPA and George Bistro now ‘San George’ will open in the NH Hotel at the Stadhouderskade. ‘Italy is coming to town’, says George himself.
– This April, TV-chef Julius Jaspers will open an Asian street food restaurant in the Bilderdijkstraat. Name? Happyhappyjoyjoy.
– More fun names: BAUT will close its door on the Wibautstraat at the end of March, but will continue on a new temporary location. In the former Citroen showroom next to the Olympic station you will find ‘Baut Zuid’ the next few months.
– For everyone who loves the taco trend as much as I do: the Burrito Maker will open a new location across the street from brouwerij ‘t IJ very soon.
– Somewhere this spring, restaurant Pressroom will open in the new INK hotel on the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal. In the former space of newspaper De Tijd you will soon find this ‘all day drink & eat’ spot. With typewriters in the interior and a staff that’s casted via online videos. Sounds promising.