Way too long ago, so it’s about time for a new list! Check out the new restaurants and culinary hotspots in Amsterdam you really shouldn’t miss. In no particular order:
When I visited Baut Zuid, chef Michiel van der Eerde told me a little about his new plans and now it’s finally there. On the location of his former restaurant Baut, Michiel opened his new restaurant C, where the focus lies on the temperature of cooking. That’s what the C stands for: Celcius. I think it’s a creative concept, because the entire menu of small dishes is split in different temperature zones. From mackerel ceviche with herb granité (0-20 degrees Celcius) to BBQ steak with polenta and gremolata (200 degrees Celcius). The big space is very tastefully decorated, with a large open kitchen in the middle and a complete level that’s available for rent (perfect party spot!) on top.
(credits: restaurant C Amsterdam)
It’s probably clear by now that I can eat breakfast the entire day. But all-day brunch is another option, for example at the newly opened Dignita. They offer a menu filled with dishes like ‘eggs your way’, crumpets and pancakes that are available the entire day. Everything sounds delicious and is beautifully presented. Lots of health food, like the ‘Earthworks Salad Bowl’ (“each component is gently massaged”?!) or the ‘Green Paradise’ shake with spirulina. But real carnivores will also leave Dignita fully satisfied: black pudding, pork belly…you name it, they got it. And this all in a gorgeous but also very casual place at the Koninginneweg in Amsterdam South. With pretty “South” prices, that is.
3. Dim Sum Now
Dim Sum Now just opened on the Ferdinand Bolstraat. You may recognize them from their food truck on the Rollende Keukens festival. That truck was a test case for the real deal: a food store (owner Guido won’t call it a restaurant, although it’s possible to eat your dinner here) in the Pijp area. In this tastefully decorated place the focus is on dim sum (no surprise there!): steamed Chinese bites. The concept is well executed and seeing the amount of spontaneous walk-ins on the opening night, the neighborhood is already fan. Everything here is steamed – because it’s light and pure – and there’s no use of ve-tsin/ MSG. I tried pretty much every type of dim sum and they were all generously filled and well flavored. The gyoza (crispy bottom) was delicious, but the steamed buns could use a bit more filling. And I’ve no idea why edamame and wakame were put on the Chinese menu? Everything else was pretty much perfect.
(credits: Dim Sum Now, Amsterdam)
4. Kaagman & Kortekaas
There’s been much raving press about Kaagman & Kortekaas and that comes as no surprise with owners that previously worked for places like Toscanini, Bordewijk and Rijsel. In the Sint Nicolaasstraat Bram and Chiel began their laid-back bistro with weekly changing menu of French classics. This means rilettes, oysters and vichyssoise, but always with a modern touch and that wonderful relaxed-but-very-perfect-can-I-live-here atmosphere of Parisian nouveau bistro’s like Frenchie. Je ne sais quoi, is probably what we call that. No wonder this place is so popular.
5. Jackson Dubois
The Esprit Café on the Spui (who hasn’t been there?) will from now on change into Jackson Dubois every night. Jackson’s real name is Jean-Pierre and he doesn’t only serve beer, wine and champagne, but also hoptails and grapetails. Talking about something different. On the menu you will find streetfood dishes from pretty much the entire world. Think: brioche sliders with salmon and lime mayonnaise, pulled pork steamed buns and roti. On Fridays and Saturdays, Jackson is open until 2 at night, so it’s also the perfect place for a late-night snack.
(credits: Jackson Dubois, Amsterdam)
On the grounds of the Westergasfabriek pop-up restaurant Gustafson opened its doors and they will only be open for one year. Besides restaurant, Gustafson is also a hotel, café and a design platform with events and lectures. Pretty much something for everyone, if you ask me. The restaurant is open 7 days a week, from breakfast till dinner, so you will find toast with chocolate sprinkles as well as burrata with tabouleh and beetroot on the menu. The portions are supposed to be a bit tiny, but the attentive staff makes up for it. And already bonus points for their future ‘Brunch New York Style’, of course.
7. Gin Neo Bistro & Wines
The young team behind Gin Neo Bistro & Wines has lots of ambition, experience (Librije, Fat Duck…) and their place in the Westerstraat definitely impresses. Owner Jin Hu is the guy behind the popular Bistro Velvet in Arnhem and was inspired by the ‘bistronomie’ in Paris. At Gin, every month you will find seven small dishes on the menu – this month it’s shrimp cocktail and charred fish – that are served in the form of very impressive dishes. Also fun is their Sunday brunch, where you a served a different snack every five minutes. A mini freestyle food festival, it’s what they call that here.
(Gin, Amsterdam | credits: Jan Bartelsman)
8. Venus & Adonis
At Venus & Adonis in the Jordaan it’s all about Surf & Turf. Think entrecote, langoust, soft shell crab and spare ribs. And think platters with a mix for those who can never ever make their choice (guilty as charged). The restaurant itself is cool and sweet at the same time – yes, that’s apparently possible – and also offers a ‘greet & meet’ table for solo diners. Fun!
9. Jaimie’s Bond menu
Jamie van Heije isn’t really new, but this handsome ‘rock ‘n roll’ chef and his eponymous restaurant in Oudekerk aan de Amstel deserves a spot in this list. Because what is new, is his James Bond menu. As long as you can watch the movie Spectre in the theatres, this 3-course menu is available and believe me: you want this. A little peek: addictive cocktails, amazing ceviche with watermelon, BBQ steak (best in months) and a very Bond-worthy dessert. Highly recommended!
I love seeing more and more Amsterdam restaurants expanding on the other side of town. And I love it even more when they’re breakfast and brunch places that are also mentioned in my ‘All-day breakfast’ book. From now on, Amsterdam Oost can enjoy Bakers & Roasters on the Kadijksplein. Soon, Drover’s Dog will open (3rd location already!) on the Wibautstraat and let’s not forget the second location of Omelegg in the Nieuwebrugsteeg.