It’s about time for a new list! Check out the 10 new restaurants in Amsterdam you really shouldn’t miss. In no particular order:
1. Roomservice by Olof’s
During the reconstruction of the NH Barbizon Palace hotel (until the end of April), their pop-up restaurant Roomservice at Olof’s will be opened, completely decorated with furniture and accessories from the old hotel. There are mini bars for your water, you check in with a room card key and the menu is presented in a hotel bible. Clever! Although there’s this colorful mix of stuff, Olof’s is remarkably stylish. With long curtains that divide the huge space into smaller room-like compartments and chandeliers on the linen tables. Make sure to pay the vermuteria a visit before your dinner, for a will-this-be-the-new-gin-and-tonic-glass-of-vermouth (gorgeous glasses, by the way).
The waiters are derived from the entire hotel and their restaurant inexperience is sometimes notable. We are here however for chef Chris Naylor’s menu, that’s completely vegetable focused, with fish or meat only as sides. I’d skip those sides, because the veggies are truly the star here. I was particularly impressed by the soft as butter celeriac cooked in ash and the amazing Vadouvan roasted sprouts with an almost foamy cheese sauce. Also, desserts are a must: especially with that old-fashioned cake trolley!
In a former car garage/car wash at the Schinkelterrein, you can now find Atelier. This tough, colorful and no-nonense place reminds you of Brooklyn or Berlin. Atelier call itself “always the place to go”. There are parties during the weekend, there is often a DJ performing and more often than not, there is some dancing involved. It’s not the kind of place you’d expect much of the food, but then you’re in for a surprise. At Atelier, they serve the creamiest burrata with avocado and sourdough croutons, or Rocky Mountain Beef, with Brussels sprouts. And this all in pretty generous portions for pretty generous prices. Did I tell you parking is free? A little warning: “this is not the place for a quiet night”, says Atelier. Just so you know.
A spot with all-day breakfast, it’s hard for me not to get excited. Even more when they put the focus on pancakes, because I’m a big lover myself. At the crowd funded Mook in West, owners Sem and Sammy show you how diverse pancakes can be. From pancakes with dates and goat cheese to the impressive Man cake (with bacon and – oh yes – BBQ sauce), they’re all on the menu here. Everything made from spelt or oat flour and accompanied by fresh juices, so health lovers are certainly welcome.
Only the pharmacy bottles in the gorgeous entree tell us that restaurant Jansz used to be a pharmacy. Luckily for us, elegant dishes have now replaced the drugs. Chef Cassidy Hallman is from the United States, where he worked in kitchens like Momofuku, from David Chang. In Amsterdam, Hallman wants to offer a luxurious and at the same time very down-to-earth restaurant. On Jansz’ menu you will therefore find both lobster ravioli as well as meatballs marinara. And it’s good to know they’re open the entire day, so it’s a great place for a lovely breakfast too.
5. DS De School
De School is situated in a former high school building in Amsterdam West. It’s a 24-hour club (the “new” Trouw) with also a café, gym and restaurant. That last one is a stylish industrial-with-tablecloths spot, that reminds me a bit of – one of my personal favorites – restaurant Goudfazant. You can eat here 5 days a week, choosing between a 3, 4 or 5-course menu with a central role for vegetables (yep, here as well). The descriptions on the menu are fairly simple, but everything on the plates is carefully prepared and – most importantly – very tasteful.
(credit: De School)
Guillaume de Beer, Freek van Noortwijk and Johanneke van Iwaarden wanted to bring the South of Holland to Amsterdam and since I was born in Brabant, I can only get very excited. Even more so because this trio adds a bit of cosmopolitan allure: high-quality dining in a very relaxed and no-nonense atmosphere. At restaurant Breda at the Singel, they serve a Basic, Extra or Full Monty menu. The amount of courses and the dishes themselves remain a surprise, so this concept is perfect for those with trouble deciding (guilty as charged). Guillaume and Freek proved themselves before with Daalder and Guts&Glory and Breda seems to be an instant success as well. Definitely on the pricey side, but truly an evening out.
7. Baut Zuidas
First there was Baut on the Wibautstraat, then the lovely summery Baut Zuid on the Olympiaplein and now the concept has moved again: Baut Zuidas, this time. This ‘all black’ Baut is completely different than the former one: somewhat rough, lots of black, a big bar and a fireplace in the middle. The concept of the menu remains the same, with dishes from around the world to share with the table. Softshell crab with curry cream for instance, or ceviche with passionfruit. Apparently, being a jury member in TV-show Masterchef does something to you, because Michiel takes the culinary competition element to his restaurant. During so-calledBack2Back Challenges, Michiel wil conquer his chef colleagues and let the guests pick their winner. Much more exciting than watching it on tv, don’t you think?
(credit: Baut Zuidas)
8. John Dory Vistronomie
John Dory vistronomie recently opened its doors at the Prinsengracht, in a former warehouse that was completely rebuilt. Chefs behind the new restaurant are Arjan Wennekes and Sonny Speelman, who both worked for places like Visaandeschelde and The Roast Room. John Dory is a fish-focused restaurant that puts lots of emphasis on high quality and service, but offers a very no-nonsense atmosphere. On the ground floor, you can find a bar (where you won’t need a reservation to drink a glass of wine or eat some oysters) and the open kitchen with Chef’s Table. John Dory only serves fish caught in Dutch waters and keeps a focus on seasonal products. So no Canadian lobster here, but Oosterschelde lobster and North Sea mackerel.
9. Sugo Pizza
There was already a location in Rotterdam, but now you can also find Sugo Pizza in Amsterdam. In the Ferdinand Bolstraat, to be precise. At Sugo they focus on ‘pizza al taglio’, or the modern pizza from Rome. That modern pizza is definitely not only for dinner, but also perfect for lunch or as a snack. A snack? Oh yes, because the pizza’s are divied in smaller rectangular slices and are much lighter than you’re used to. That’s because they use a lot less yeast in the dough and chose a combination of Italian spelt and wheat flour. This all delivers almost airy, thin and crispy pizza’s that aren’t too heavy on the stomach. This means you can taste more flavors: there are about 10 to 20 daily rotating flavors here. Pizza with potato, Parmesan and truffle, pizza with shrimps, pizza with eggplant and fior di latte…
(credit: Sugo Pizza)
10. Take away
There are nights when you don’t want to go out for a dinner, but cooking yourself is a bit too much to ask. Isn’t it wonderful that there are places like Al Ninèn? At the Westerstraat you can find this Italian deli, or excuse me: trattoria. Owner Manuele found the most delicious recipes from Italian mamma’s from all regions (all mammoni think their mother cooks best, of course) and the very best ingredients, and sells those in the Amsterdam Jordaan. Wonderful lasagna (creamiest besciamella ever!) and lovely dolce for dessert.
Slightly less new, but definitely worth mentioning is Dis (gorgeous deli with big salads like mackerel rilette with cannelini beans, but also old-fashioned meatballs with mustard sauce. And they have cold bottles of wine!), but also the three locations of Steve’s Stove, where slow food (like goulash with Baambrugge pigs or vegetarian chili with beans and almonds) take the show. Better take-out food, it’s what this is.
Tip: Click here for my previous list of new Amsterdam restaurants