Restaurant Arles

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Last Saturday we tried out Arles for dinner. A new néo-bistrot very close to the Albert Cuyp market. The kitchen is run by French chef Numa Muller who was born in Arles, hence the name of the restaurant. I have a love from French cuisine, so I was very excited to pay them a visit. It is a charming restaurant, which is bigger than it appears when you see it from the street. It has a closed patio in the back and an open part covered in grape vines.

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Their menu consists of what the market has to offer. We went for the 3 course menu. We started with a dish with leeks, beets, Dijon and a 62 degree eggs. A super simple but delicious dish. We couldn’t help dipping some bread into the runny yolk.

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The second starter was the mackerel with cauliflower, lemon and olive oil. Very light and fresh.

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Our mains were the cod with salsify, coffee and almond. It was a lovely combination of flavors.

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And the chuck steak in red wine served with roasted and pickled carrots. No need for a knife to cut the beef. It was very tender and you could just tear it off with your fork.

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For dessert, we went for the chocolate with mint, hazelnut and olives. You would think the olives would have been a bit weird but it worked. And we also chose the lemon cream with strawberries and basil. A delicious palate cleanser and great ending of our meal.

You can’t really beat their 3 course menu for 34 euros. It is quite a bargain, especially if you think of Amsterdam prices. A little French gem in De Pijp.

Restaurant Arles

Govert Flinckstraat 251, Amsterdam

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The White Room (NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky)

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Located at the newly relaunched Hotel Krasnapolsky, The White Room is led by 3 Michelin star chef Jacob Jan Boerma. The menu is based on his personal preference towards the use of spices and acidic tones. The team that carries out his vision is composed by chef de cuisine Arture Dalhuize, maître Richard Eerhardt and sommelier Isabel van Bueren. The room where this restaurant is located is registered as a monument and it is considered one of the oldest restaurants in Amsterdam. The name comes from the “Witte Zaal”, the original name of the restaurant when it first opened its doors in 1885.

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We started the evening with a lightly smoked macaron, structures of cucumber, salmon and a cream with herbs, and a tomato bonbon with spicy merengue. A little explosion of flavors in the mouth.

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Then we had the yogurt with beet and basil. The very airy and tangy yogurt complemented very well the sweetness of the beet.

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It was followed by the mackerel with herbs, yogurt and sea buckthorn. A light and elegant dish. I could have gone for seconds.

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The fish course was the trout with chlorophyll, crispy potato, green mustard and young garlic. A succulent piece of trout with julienned green apple and petit brunoised potato, which added a nice combination of textures to the dish.

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The meat course consisted of beef with ponzu and black garlic. The beef was very tender and flavorsome.

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Finally a dessert made out of lemon with aloe vera and buttermilk. A refreshing dessert with just enough amount of sweetness.

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Overall it was a very enjoyable experience. Each dish was well-executed and beautifully presented. The service was outstanding.

The White Room (NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky)

Dam 9, Amsterdam

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Restaurant Anna

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This hidden gem located in the Red Light district is run by chef Andrès Delpeut. He just renewed the menu and I was very excited to try it out. We were hungry after a very busy day so we went for the 8 course menu. We skipped the wines since we were also very tired.

Our amuse bouche was a mousse of white asparagus, a potato chip and mackerel rillette.

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Our first course was a tuna tartare stuffed in a cylinder of sesame seeds, wasabi cream cheese and soy dressing (first picture). This was one of my favorites of the evening. I love tuna tartare and this one was delightful. The crunchy and slightly sweet tuile of sesame seeds complemented the tuna very well.

Then we had the soft shell crab with sweet & sour radish and papaya.

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It was followed by the red mullet with trofie pasta in basil pesto, foam of bisque, saffron mayo and a sauce of razor clams. Seafood goodness!

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Afterwards, we had the truffle risotto with mushroom foam and a poached egg. Creamy and delicious!

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Next came the lamb chop with lamb wonton, asparagus and lamb broth. The lamb was very tender and juicy with crispy skin and the lamb wonton was very rich.

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It was followed by the duck liver. It was served with rhubarb compote, radish and an apple chip. This was another favorite of mine. The sweetness of the apple chip and slightly tang of the rhubarb compote was paired perfectly with the tender duck liver.

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Then we had the pre-dessert. Strawberries Romanoff with vodka mousse and a raspberry crackle. It was so good. The crackle reminded me of a candy from my childhood.

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The first dessert was a Vlaflip, a take on a very Dutch dessert. It had yogurt, pastry cream, red fruit, caramelized apple and vanilla ice cream.

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Our last course was the apple tarte tatin with caramel sauce, almond tuile and Tahiti vanilla ice cream. It was a great way to end the evening.

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Each dish was very well crafted and needless to say, we left every plate pretty clean. We went on a Thursday night and by the time we left, the restaurant was very busy so I advise you to make a reservation. I also saw a very large table, so they do take groups.

Restaurant Anna is open for dinner from Monday through Saturday from 6pm till 12am (the kitchen is open till 10:30pm). The prices are very reasonable. A 4 course menu will set you back 47.50 euros. A 5 course menu costs 55 euros and an 8 course menu costs 65 euros.

Restaurant Anna

Warmoesstraat 111, Amsterdam

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Restaurant Moon

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If you live in Amsterdam, you’ve probably already heard about the A’dam Toren. It is the big tower next to the EYE film institute in Amsterdam Noord.

Restaurant Moon is located on the 19th floor and has a 360° panorama view of Amsterdam. Chefs Jamie Van Heije and Tommy den Hartog have created a modern menu that will surely make your taste buds happy. I was one of the lucky ones to be invited to taste their menu before it opened to the public.

I arrived a bit early and got a table with my friend Noor from Amsterspots.nl. Our first course was The Moon. Steak tartare with red beet, kaffir and a very subtle foie.

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Our second course was a scallop ceviche with radish, green apple ice cream and wasabi. A beautiful and well balanced dish.

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Then the eel came. Served over a thin layer of vichyssoise, crunchy brioche, avocado and green herbs.

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The main course was beef tenderloin with peas and a bitterbal made with rendang. I love trying different versions of the traditional bitterballen and this one was delightful.

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Our last course was the guardian angel. Blancmange (a milk pudding) served with yuzu, calamansi and caramel. A refreshing and light dessert.

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Overall it was a great experience. It is not every day that you get to enjoy a well thought out menu with a fantastic view of Amsterdam. It is perfect to impress a date, or to just enjoy something different. For dinner, you can choose a set menu of 3 courses (€40), 5 courses (€60) or 8 courses (€80). For lunch, you can choose à a la carte.

Restaurant Moon

A’dam Toren – 19th Floor

Overhoeksplein 3, Amsterdam

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Terpentijn

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Located at the Rokin, this French-Asian inspired restaurant is open for lunch, street food and drinks. I had been there once before for drinks and assumed that the first floor was the whole restaurant. When we arrived this time, we realized that there is a second floor where you can have dinner. It is a cozy restaurant with many plants, funky art and books decorating its walls.

We started the evening with the lady boy oysters which were one oyster with lychee, mirin & pink ginger, and another one with soy, sesame & spring onion. And for drinks, we asked for one of their signature homemade ice teas with elderflower & mint, and their Blue Goose cocktail with vodka, lavender & lemon. Both drinks were refreshing without being overly sweet or too strong. The oysters were delicious and the one with pink ginger was really the eye catcher.

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For the first course, we got the fish in a cookie and the surf & turf. The fish cookie were very crunchy fish cakes served with a crème de foie gras. Yum!

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The surf & turf was a beef tartare with deep fried baby squid, smoked sriracha mayo and a quail egg. So good! And the sriracha lime mayo was an excellent touch!

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For the main course, we ordered the pork belly roast and the king boletus. I love pork belly and this one was cooked perfectly. It had a nice caramelization and it was juicy inside. It came with a silky pumpkin cream. The king boletus was a vegetarian dish with mushrooms, tofu beignets, parsnip, Romanesco, black garlic and ginger foam. It was a wonderful blend of flavors and textures.

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Unable to decide on the desserts, we ordered three. I know piggy us! We got a raspberry mousse which was the special of the week.

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We also got the go bananas and roasted pineapple. A slice of banana cake with banana ice cream, chocolate truffle and cacao beans.

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And the roasted pineapple came with vanilla ice cream, sticky rice and salted caramel.

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We left the plates pretty clean.

If you like Asian-French fusion, this is worth checking out. We left with very happy bellies!

 

Terpentijn

Rokin 103, Amsterdam

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Bar Brasserie OCCO (Dylan hotel)

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Occo is the new all-day brasserie of the Dylan hotel. It is open daily from 9am to 1 am. It used to be the lounge area of Vinkeles, the one Michelin star restaurant of the hotel. About a week ago, I met fellow food blogger and friend Teri from No Crumbs Left at this hotel. She was staying at the Dylan while visiting Amsterdam and we met her there for drinks and bites. We had delicious gyoza and bitterballen so I was excited to come back and try the lunch menu.

The new brasserie has a very chic feel. The bar is made out of marble and above it sits an 8 meter long copper lamp. If you sit by the window, you can overlook their terrace. When weather allows, you can also eat outside.

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The bar specializes on handcrafted cocktails and doesn’t stop at alcoholic beverages. They offer a Vir “Gin”,  a virgin gin & tonic. It’s made with a non-alcoholic gin that they created by mixing different spices and it is served with Fever-Tree Mediterranean tonic. We ordered one VirGin and one My First Date which is made with date syrup, pomegranate and a pear-thyme-rosemary mix. They were both delightful with different layers of flavors and quite unique. My hubby described them as a mature juice for adults (or kids for that matter since they are alcohol-free). They also offer a Fermented Mary (with vodka) which I was curious to try but we ended up being too full with food so maybe next time.

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Now off to the dishes, we started with a small Caesar salad with roasted shrimps and oysters with red wine vinegar & shallots.

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For the main course, he went for the rigatoni with mozzarella, tomato, green asparagus and Parmesan.

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I went for the Peking duck noodle soup. His pasta was delicious and very suited for spring. My noodle soup was divine. The broth was flavorful and the Peking duck was tender. The portions were quite filling so we didn’t have space for dessert this time.

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Bar Brasserie OCCO at the Dylan hotel

Keizersgracht 384, Amsterdam

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Café De Paris

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Bar Italia went through a French transformation and is now Café De Paris. Located at the Rokin, the building has an industrial décor with marble details and it is immense (especially for Amsterdam standards) which makes it perfect if you are going there with a large group. There is enough space in between each table to have a cozy dinner for two without being too close to other diners.

You can expect here classic dishes with a modern twist. They just added some new dishes to the menu and I was looking forward to trying some of them.

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We started with the classics, steak tartare and burrata with heirloom tomatoes. They were both delicious. Can’t never go wrong with a good burrata and it was nice to mix the tartare yourself as some of the ingredients were decorating the plate.

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Then we were recommended the salmon burger and the beet ravioli. I am a big fan of salmon burgers and this one did not disappoint. The salmon was juicy and served on a toasted bun with cucumber and wakame salad. Beet and goat cheese are a match made in heaven and in ravioli form it was even better. Yup, I love my carbs!

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And a meal is not complete without dessert. We had the crème brûlée and the moelleux au chocolat with caramel ice cream. Both divine! You can see them on Snapchat: cravingsinams. We decided to end our date night with a cocktail so me moved on to the bar. We ordered a Negroni and a Paris Sour with gin & mint. The bar area has a beautiful view of the city.

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Overall the food was well-prepared and full of flavor. And the staff was very friendly and attentive. You can also enjoy breakfast and lunch in the same building, at Metropolitain (part of Café De Paris).

Café De Paris

Rokin 81/83 / Nes 96, Amsterdam

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SNCKBR – Healthy Snack Bar

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SNCKBR is a new healthy and cozy hotspot in De Pijp. Traditional Snackbars here are known for serving a lot of fried items like croquettes and fries. Something I don’t mind at all, but it limits how often I visit them. SNCKBR on the other hand, offers a very extensive menu with healthier alternatives. And it’s open from breakfast till late at night and yes, you can go have drinks there too. They make everything with sustainable ingredients. You can still get your guilty pleasures but in a healthier way, think spelt bread instead of white, baked instead of fried. With people being more aware of what they put into their bodies, this place makes complete sense.

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I went to their opening for breakfast. I really liked their chia pudding with avocado & chocolate mousse and their spirulina granola. I also tried some of their fruit/vegetables juices and I loved the one with beets. I love to eat beets but in juice, I always find them too strong and this one had a really nice balance and was not too sweet.

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I came back the next day late in the afternoon with my husband. We shared the poached egg with hollandaise and marinated salmon; and their Frikandelicious. Their healthier version of the typical Frikandel (which is usually fried and made with mystery meat), this one is 100% organic and low in fat. It’s baked and made with chicken, sweet potato, oatmeal and homemade skinny mayo and ketchup.

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SNCKBR

Van Woustraat 34-36, Amsterdam

 

My Place / Carrots & Co. (Element Amsterdam Hotel)

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Yesterday afternoon I was invited along with some fellow bloggers to taste the menu of the new Element hotel in Amsterdam. A long stay hotel (part of Starwood hotels) which will open its doors to the public next Monday the 8th of February. The concept of this hotel is based on sustainability and that transmits into the food it will provide to their guests. The hotel has two restaurants, one called Carrots & Co. where you can grab a snack or healthy lunch in an informal atmosphere. And the other one is called My Place and it’s the hotel’s full service-restaurant. My Place focuses on the 80/20 rule, meaning more healthy vegetables and less meat and fish. The tasting started with a very tasty carrot salad served over a bed of quinoa, and a roasted beetroot appetizer with a poached egg and horseradish dressing.

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This was followed by a creamy goat cheese risotto with peas and croutons, and a juicy flat iron steak with fleur de sel and chimichurri.

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And finally dessert, a rich chocolate tart with fleur de sel and caramel ice cream, and a gluten free raisin bread pudding with orange glaze.

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Since the hotel has a big terrace, the chef told us he has plans to have his own herb garden and wishes to have a bee hive so they can produce their own honey. And for all the coffee lovers, they are also going to offer coffee from Lot Sixty One. If you are not familiar with Lot Sixty one, it’s one of the best coffee roasters in Amsterdam.

After the tasting we got a tour of the hotel and got to see the rooms. The best part, since it’s a long stay hotel it has a kitchenette. It comes with a glass stove top, an oven/microwave, sink, mini fridge, Nespresso machine and dishwasher. And since the hotel is located in a shopping center that has a supermarket, it makes it easier to be able to cook your own meals if you wish to do so. During the summer months, they are going to have BBQs in the terrace and guests are going to be able to grill their own food.

You can get a peek of the rooms here*:

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Element Amsterdam Hotel

A.J. Ernststraat 577, Amsterdam

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(*pictures of the rooms were provided by the hotel)

Greenwoods

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Greenwoods is a very popular brunch restaurant located at the Keizersgracht canal. It has a great location (close to Leiseplein) and it is very accessible by tram. And when I mean popular, I mean try to make a reservation if you don’t want to wait in line. It´s a great spot to eat and catch some rays in the summer too, as they have tables outside along the canal.

A couple of people on Instagram actually recommended me this place some months ago and today I finally went there for lunch along with my husband.

I had been craving steak for a while and I was very happy to find a steak sandwich on their menu. My hubby went for the open faced club sandwich on soda bread as recommended by our waitress. Both came with French fries and aioli. As we were cozy inside waiting for our order to arrive, I saw the lovely Eliane from InstagramBlogger.nl having lunch with her family. You can get a feel of how it is to live in Amsterdam by checking out her Instagram account here.

And then our order arrived, I loved my steak sandwich. It was perfectly cooked, very tender and juicy inside. The portions are big so you won´t go home hungry. I couldn’t end lunch without satisfying my sweet tooth. I saw a picture of a pretty looking cake on the Dutch girls on the blog Instagram account so I had to order it. It’s called chocolate glory, and it is filled with white chocolate ganache and topped with dark chocolate buttercream icing. Rich chocolate goodness!

Greenwoods

Keizersgracht 465, Amsterdam

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