The Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam Celebrates Its 5 Year Anniversary

During the whole month of May, the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Amsterdam will celebrate its 5-year anniversary with some especial menus and a lottery raffle if you use any of the hotel services. 

They will celebrate with a special Anniversary Afternoon Tea. I tried it today and it is still my favorite high tea in Amsterdam. There is so much attention to detail in every dish and the flavor combinations are always amazing. It started with a beautiful rose of red beet and goat cheese. 

Just look at those mini pots (all edible). The flower ones had black sesame, yuzu and matcha. And the tulip bulbs were made with coconut, lemon leaf and strawberry. 

The Vault Bar created a cocktail made with Jenever, Bourbon, watermelon liqueur, roasted bell pepper syrup, ginger syrup, orange, coffee and chocolate bitters. It was delicious and very complex. 

The Goldfinch Brasserie will be offering a 4-course menu that includes a tartar with toro (the fatty part of the tuna) for €62.50.

The Guerlain Spa offers massage treatments based on an 80 year old technique. Their new 80 massage has been re-developed to fit these times better. To release stress and give you a boost. It is fit for both women and men. 

If you use any of the facilities of the hotel (guests and non-guests), you can win some prices during the festivities in the month of May. They will have a lottery raffle. The main price is a weekend stay at the Conrad Algarve in Portugal (also part of the luxury hotels of the Hilton family). 

Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

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My Amsterdam Restaurant, Café & Coffee Guide (where to eat in Amsterdam)

I’ve been meaning to write this food guide for a while now. The most popular DM that I get asked on my Instagram is which places do I recommend to go eat. So here are my favorites places in Amsterdam. From where to get coffee, brunch or food on the go, to my favorite restaurants and places to satisfy your sweet tooth. I’ll keep updating this list as I try new places.

For Coffee:

Trakeren Koffie

They also do very cute latte art. If you want latte art different from a heart (they do bunnies, lions, etc), it is better to ask for it when you order though. The guys working there are very friendly so don’t be shy to ask for it.

Coffee Sometime

They have nice coffee and tea. And I love their desserts which change often. They also serve brunch dishes, I still need to try them. I usually go for my cuppa and something sweet.

Lot Sixty One

They sell very good coffee. I find the coffee here stronger in taste than in other coffee shops.

Toki

I love their coffee and they also sell Kombucha. They also have cakes and brunch dishes. It’s close to Central Station

Scandinavian Embassy

Great spot if you are in De Pijp area. Don’t forget to try their cinnamon buns. They also serve some brunch dishes.

4850

Their concept is a bit more unique. They serve coffee, wine and food. It’s in the East side of Amsterdam.

Bocca

Great coffee and the café is quite large for Amsterdam standards. It’s a short walk from Leidesplein.

For Brunch:

Dignita

They have two locations. One close to Vondelpark and the other in the east of Amsterdam (Hoftuin). The one in Hoftuin has a big garden, so nice to go if you want to be in the sun. They serve all day brunch.

Pluk

They sell all day brunch with plenty of sweet options. This place is also Instagram heaven. They have two locations (not far from one another) in the Nine Streets area.

Slowth Brunch

They serve Taiwanese dishes. Their iced black sugar pearl milk is amazing and they do serve Oatly.

Restaurants:

Daalder

They serve lunch and dinner. Their three course lunch menu starts at €37,50 and their five course dinner menu starts at €69. It is very well priced for what you get. The dishes are very creative. They also have a vegetarian menu.

C Amsterdam

Their menu is divided based on the different temperatures the dishes are prepared in. C stands for Celsius. Open for lunch and dinner. Two course lunch menu starts at €29. Four course dinner menu starts at 47.5 euros.

Flora

Mexican meets California type of food. They are open for dinner. During the weekend, they are open for brunch.. It is quite popular in summer because they have a large terrace, so go early if the weather is nice.

Spaghetteria Pastabar

They have 5 locations in Amsterdam. All their pastas are homemade. Nothing fancy, just well prepared and home-style pasta dishes. Perfect to get your carb fix. Open only for dinner.

nNea Pizza

They offer amazing Neapolitan pizza. Love their dough

Restaurant Khan

This Korean restaurant close to the Amstelpark is not in a very popular location but it’s worth a visit if you are craving Korean food. Only open for dinner and reservations are a must. Last time we were there, the waiter had to tell people coming in that they were fully booked. Even to a group that was waiting outside before the restaurant even opened. This is their phone number: 020 646 3722. They don’t have a webpage.

Ron Gastrobar Downtown 

Indonesian restaurant that specializes in street food and rice tables. Located very close to Central station, above Hudson’s bay department store.

The Vegan Junk Food Bar 

If you are craving junk food, this is a great place to go even if you are not vegan. They sell vegan bitterballen (a bite size version of the Dutch croquettes, so if you are vegan and want to try them, this is the place). I love their Flashy (loaded) sweet potato fries. It is open for lunch and dinner. They have 4 locations all over Amsterdam.

The Beef Chief 

So far this is my favorite burger place in Amsterdam. I love their Kimchi burger and loaded fries. It’s in Amsterdam Noord.

Restaurant Moer

This restaurant is just 5 minutes from Leidesplein, at the end of Vondelpark. They serve an organic menu where they focus more on vegetables, but they do serve meat as well. Their 4 course dinner menu starts at €44.

Umaimon 

Ramen place close to Leidseplein.

For typical Dutch Croquettes:

Eetsalon Van Dobben

This is where I take any family or friend that comes from abroad. They sell typical Dutch croquettes and sandwiches. It’s is close to Rembrandtplein in the city center. But it is a bit hidden, located on a small side street. The people working there all wear white coats and it has a very old, almost dinner feel to it.

Par Hasard

They have two locations in Amsterdam. One in De Pijp and another one in Oud West. They made the traditional Dutch Snackbar (where you get fries, croquettes and other fried foods more often to go) trendier. Their fries are really good.

Holtkamp

It is a well-known bakery (I love their cheesecake) but they are also very popular for their croquettes. There is no place to sit here though since it is just takeaway.

For a savory bite to eat on the go or on a budget:

Ibericus

They sell delicious Iberico ham sandwiches. The bread that they use for their sandwiches is amazing too. You can sit inside or just take them to go.

Hoi Tin Bakery

This is a good alternative If you are in the center and want something to eat on the go and very cheap. It’s a Chinese restaurant but they have a small bakery in the front. They sell different kinds of pastries like bbq pork buns. Mostly everything is under 2€ and you can ask them to warm it up for you.  It is located on Zeedijk which is Amsterdam’s Chinatown. I’ve only tried their bakery, not the restaurant itself.

Shilla

This is a Japanese & Korean food market located at Gelderlandplein. They have a large stock of ingredients and they also sell ready to eat food. Their Onigiri is delicious. Wrapped in a way so that the seaweed stays crunchy, like in Japan. I love the Buta Kimchi one, it has stir-fried kimchi and pork. They are €2.50 each.

Vleminckx (Fries in a cone)

Fries in a cone are very popular here and this place is great at it. It is very well known so there is often a line, but it goes quickly so you don’t have to wait for long. One thing to remember if you are new in the Netherlands, sauces are sold apart so they cost extra (even at places like McDonald’s and Burger King). It’s located on a side street of Kalverstraat (Amsterdam’s most popular shopping street). H

For your sweet tooth:

Van Stapele

It’s a cute little shop that only sells one type of cookie. Dark chocolate stuffed with a soft white chocolate filling. If you are lucky, you get them still warm from the oven. They are very popular and there is often a line outside but it goes fast. They also sell them in tins, so it also makes a nice gift.

Matcha Bar 

Like the name says, they sell matcha desserts. My favorite is their Japanese fluffy cheesecake (it has no matcha). It’s so light that I could eat a whole cheesecake by myself.

Polaberry 

Strawberry covered in chocolate heaven. They also sell the cutest Amsterdam chocolate bars and cake pops.

The Afternoon Tea at the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

If you want to celebrate something special or just indulge in a beautiful high tea, the Waldorf Astoria offers you just that. It is my favourite one in Amsterdam.

Winkel 43

Try their popular apple pie.

Piza Ijs

Ice cream place. One of the few places that sell mint chocolate chip. At least that I know of.

Poffertjes

Poffertjes are tiny yeasted pancakes. They are usually made with buckwheat flour. And they are served with a small piece of butter and covered in powdered sugar. You can usually find at least one stand at any market. If I crave them, I go to the Albert Cuyp Market.

Stroopwafels

These are delicious super thin waffle cookies with a caramel syrup filling. They are best when they are freshly made and still hot. You can also buy them at supermarkets and place them on top of your cup of tea or coffee, and they will warm up and soften.

I love the ones at the Albert Cuyp market. They are many stands there but the little blue & red cart with the Original Stroopwafels sign is the most popular one. You can buy them at the market starting at 1.5 or 2 euros. The markets are only open from Monday to Saturday.

Van Wonderen Stroopwafels (located at the Kalverstraat) are also very nice, they serve them with a large variety of toppings but of course they are more expensive than at the market.

Ijsmanschap

Popsicle bar in Amsterdam West

Ludo & Hedo

They sell unconventional gelato flavors

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Cecconi’s Amsterdam

Cecconi’s is the recently opened Italian restaurant of the Soho House in Amsterdam. They serve hand-made pasta, seafood and dishes from Northern Italy. If you have never heard of Soho house, it’s a private club. They have locations in key cities all over the world. But you don’t have to be a member to come to the restaurant.

We were there at the press opening and tasted some of the chef’s selection. We ordered a few cocktails. Pieter’s favorite was the Ambrato Spritz which had St. Germain, Ambrato, mint and prosecco. My favorites were their Bellini and their Garibaldi sour. The Garibaldi sour was a mocktail with orange, homemade orgeat, flattened crodino, citrus and bitter.

For starters we had the burrata with tomato and basil, a classic topped with pistachio nuts. And the Vitello tonnato with caper berries which was also very tasty.

Our mains were the risotto with wild mushrooms, the lobster spaghetti and the veal Milanese. I loved the veal Milanese. It’s something I don’t eat very often but this one was very crunchy and perfectly cooked. The risotto was delightful. I’m a big fan of mushrooms and this one hit the spot.

For dessert, we shared a tiramisu and the profiteroles with pistachio ice cream and chocolate sauce. Both were amazing and not overly sweet.

Overall the service was really good, our waiter was very friendly and proud of the food he was serving. The portions are big, so you won’t go home hungry. If you want Italian comfort food, this is the place to go.

Cecconi’s Amsterdam

Spuistraat 210

1012VT, Amsterdam

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Summer Afternoon Tea at the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

Every year the Waldorf Astoria in Amsterdam creates a special high tea menu for the summer.

This year’s theme is inspired by the coastal piers and charming beach towns of the USA. They offer a whimsical and more elaborate version of fun fair treats.

It started with a green tea and cranberry slushy. This was perfect to cool us down since we biked to the hotel and today felt like proper summer.

The amuse was a nori cone with tomato, avocado, crispy rice & soya. I love Asian flavors and I could have easily eaten a few more of this.

Then came the savory bites. A gingerbread horse with Foie gras paté and a smoked salmon sandwich with asparagus & cream cheese. And what’s a fun fair without some fast food? We also had a mini chicken burger with Thai basil & cucumber relish. And a mini hotdog with compote of red onions, crispy sauerkraut & mustard. Comfort food at its best!

The sweets entailed of a vanilla & strawberry clown shaped macaron, a unicorn shaped cassis & lemon sable, a popcorn cupcake, a tropical financier shaped like a donut, a lavender & apricot choux with cotton candy, and Taffy apples. My favorite from here was the donut since it has passion fruit, pineapple and mango. I just love that combination.

And just when you think you can’t eat any more, they came and served the most fluffy and soft vanilla & chocolate scones with clotted cream and jams. The tea served during this theme is the Chinese supreme rose tea. I loved it, it was very delicate.

The whole high tea was amazing and the service was great, as you would expect from the Waldorf Astoria. Just have a light lunch before you come because you will definitely leave with a full but happy stomach.

This summer afternoon tea is served daily at their Peacock Alley from 3 to 5pm until August.

Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

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Jansz Rosé Sundays

Dining al fresco overlooking a canal is as Amsterdam as it gets. And the weather today was a perfect excuse to do just that.

Starting from today Jansz will have Rosé Sundays every first and third Sunday in June, July and August. If you have never heard of Jansz, it is one of the restaurants of the beautiful Pulitzer hotel. It has two terraces outside, so you can dine overlooking the Keizersgracht canal.

They offer a especial BBQ menu from the Big Green Egg. We had the smoked salmon with egg salad and crouton which was really good. ½ BBQ lobster with orange mayonnaise and vitelotte potato. I loved this, it reminded me a bit of Peruvian causa Limeña. For dessert we had a raspberry dish with a macaron base, fresh raspberries and a sorbet.

And of course, it wouldn’t have been a Rosé Sunday without some wine. They served the MIP Rosé, a wine from Provence, with notes of red fruit and citrus.

This was a great and delicious way to spend a sunny afternoon.

Jansz Rosé Sundays

First & third Sunday in June, July & August

From 12pm to 5pm (Their regular lunch menu is also available during this time)

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Hokkai Kitchen in Ijmuiden

Since last year, I’ve heard a lot about this place from my friend Stasja. Today we hopped into two buses (there is a direct bus from Sloterdijk station) and arrived in an industrial area in Ijmuiden. Luckily for us, the bus stop is just a 4 minute walk from the restaurant.

There we met the owner Marinus Noordenbos, who worked in the seafood business in Japan. He started his business here in 1993 and since then, he’s been providing Japanese fish products for the Japanese expat communities all over Europe. In his effort to change the way Dutch people eat fish, he opened a small restaurant (and take-out) right next to his factory. We got a little tour of the factory and saw some of his products. He explained us how he freezes the tuna at minus 50 degrees to not only preserve the quality, but also the color of the fish due to its high fat content. It’s always nice to meet people who are so passionate about their craft.

You can either buy the frozen fish at his shop or order it online, he delivers door to door once a month. For the delivery, there is a minimum purchase of about €125 euros. He told us that usually family or friends just make one order together to reach that minimum.

Pictured below is a piece of Otoro, the oily belly part of the tuna. Just look at the marbling!

We started with the sashimi cocktail with a frozen egg yolk which was amazing. Our second course was composed of Capelin which was dried and baked, salted Mackerel and black cod in miso sauce. Pieter’s favorite was the capelin which had a very intense flavor and you can eat the whole fish. Mine was the cod which was so buttery. We finished with an assortment of maki and nigiri. From scallop to squid, to 3 different cuts of tuna (Maguro, Chu-toro, O-toro). The quality of his fish is superb and you can taste it.

If you decide to go, I’d advise you to make a reservation and go early. As this place is gaining popularity, it does get busy.

Next Sunday February the 11th from 1 to 5pm, they are organizing an open day at their factory. Guests from Japan and France will be demonstrating traditional Japanese food and slicing tuna for sashimi. They will have some tastings (including sake tasting) and you can also purchase their products there. Entrance is free.

Hokkai Kitchen

Egmondstraat 2, Ijmuiden

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Prinz Wolf

Today we had lunch at Prinz Wolf, the newly opened restaurant from Chef Michael Wolf (Wolf Atelier). This new tartaria as the name implies, specializes in tartare. They currently offer 6 different kinds, and yes there are vegetarian options too. They also offer some small bites/sides and oysters served with mignonette.

We went for the salmon tartare with mango, chili and avocado; and the tuna with daikon, jalapeño and coriander. Both were delicious and well balanced. From the sides, we had the ceviche with Argentinian prawns which was really nice in flavor. But it reminded me more of a crudo than a ceviche, since ceviche tends to have more sour notes.

We also had the glazed pork belly with pearl couscous and pumpkin puree. I’m a sucker for pork belly and Ï loved the crunchy onions coating it. The prices are very reasonable. Especially considering the prime location that it has, as it is located right by the Prinsengracht.

Prinz Wolf Tartaria

Prinsengracht 411

 

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Mama Kelly Amsterdam

Mama Kelly finally opened its doors in Amsterdam. If you have never heard of this restaurant, it is known for its Surf & Turf (Chicken and Lobster) in The Hague. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw the restaurant already. They went very bold in terms of interior, as the whole restaurant is pink. I was not sure what to expect as I’ve never been to the one in The Hague, but the dishes were quite good. We had a tasting on the opening night. My favorite starters were the Lobster soup, Chestnut and Pumpkin soup, and the Burrata with avocado cream. Their famous rotisserie chicken with lime and parsley, and the lobster with butter were also nice. They also have a BBQ chicken which looked very good, unfortunately we didn’t try that one. And for dessert, the Blondie was a winner at our table. We asked for a second one to share. For now they only serve dinner, but starting from the end of November they will start serving lunch.

Mama Kelly Amsterdam

Olympisch Stadion 35
1076 DE  AMSTERDAM
020 – 225 26 84

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Wijmpje Beukers

Last week, we went to have dinner at Wijmpje Beukers. A foodie friend of mine had been talking so much about this place, that I decided to give it a try. Nestled in the middle of De Pijp, this cozy restaurant changes its menu weekly (They always offer two vegetarian/vegan options). Their menu has Asian/European influences, and they make everything themselves using local and seasonal produce.

I got a chance to meet the owners Maarten and Jordy, since they work at the restaurant. They are such nice guys, and you can really tell that hospitality runs in their veins. They immediately make you feel welcome. Since it was such a nice day, we sat in the terrace.

We started the evening with a crab, pickled watermelon and crayfish dish with sesame and wasabi. And the smoked duck breast with hoisin and figs. Both were really good. For the main course, we had the bacon wrapped pork tenderloin with hasselback potato, stroganoff and mashed potatoes. This was a dish from Jordy’s childhood. The pork was juicy and the whole dish just screamed comfort food. We also had the hake with sweet potato puree, carrots, harissa and puffed quinoa. The fish was perfectly cooked and the whole combination of flavors was delightful.

We were there very early and by the time we left, the place was already quite busy and it was a Wednesday. Definitely a place to add to your list if you haven’t already been there. The food is great and so it’s the ambiance. And the menu is very well priced.

Wijmpje Beukers

Karel du Jardinstraat 47
1073TB Amsterdam

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Red King Crab, Ingredient of the Year at Taiko

Taiko, the restaurant of the Conservatorium hotel, annually celebrates its birthday by announcing its ingredient of the year. On previous years, Wagyu and wasabi were the stars.

And this year Chef Schilo van Coevorden chose the Red King Crab as the main focus. This particular kind of crab can weight up to 10 kilos. He has been fascinated with crab since the time he worked in Osaka and discovered a restaurant that only served this crustacean. The crab that he serves is sourced from a village in Norway and it is flown in to Amsterdam. Handled with extreme care, you can really taste the freshness of this ingredient. So much that you can eat it raw in sashimi. The meat is sweet and juicy, a real treat for the palate.

I had the pleasure to be there at the launch of the new menu and it was incredible. If you follow my Instagram stories you probably already saw some of the dishes. The first two courses came with an extra sensory experience. We were given a glass to smell as we took a bite of the dish. The first one smelled of lychee, and was paired with the king crab, roses, elder-flower and berries dish. Some of my favorite dishes were the cappuccino with young coconut and peanuts. One of Schilo’s specialties. The king crab tartare with green curry ice cream. The Thai flavors here were amazing. The crab gyoza with tamarind and kimchi. The smoked crab nigiri which came with a very generous piece of crab. The veal cheeks with BBQ crab legs. The veal just melted in your mouth. And of course, I couldn’t leave out the matcha dessert. The home of the crab, was a work of art.

 

You can enjoy a special 12 course kind crab menu until September 2018.

Taiko, at the Conservatorium hotel

Van Baerlestraat 27, Amsterdam

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