Restaurant Wils

Restaurant Wils by Michelin star chef Joris Bijdendijk (Rijks), is located next to the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam. The restaurant focuses on cooking on a wood fire. You get welcomed by a glass on kombucha made in house, the flavor changes all the time. We got the one with passion fruit and it was delicious. I am a big kombucha fan. We got to see where they keep it and did a little taste test. You can see it and get a better impression of the restaurant by video on my Instagram Reels or my TikTok

They just launched a new menu. We went there for lunch and had the 3-course lunch menu (€45) plus a few extras. They also have a 6-course set menu (€85) and some a la carte dishes. We started with the Jerusalem artichoke with snails and hazelnut which was really nice. The wood fire gives it a good flavor without overpowering it. My favorite dish was actually the extra dish that Pieter ordered. It was the dried aged rib eye with hollandaise that came with a side of leek & bone marrow. The beef was so tender, the fat would just melt in your mouth. And it had been years since I had bone marrow. The combination with the grilled leek was delicious. I also very much enjoyed the Orchard sour cocktail.  The pumpkin tart with speculaas crust and pumpkin seed ice cream was a great ending.

Restaurant Wils

Stadionplein 26, Amsterdam

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Festive Christmas Brunch at Goldfinch Brasserie (Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam)

I can’t believe it is already November. The holiday season is approaching fast and so are the events to celebrate. The Waldorf Astoria in Amsterdam has an especial 5 course menu for the 25th of December at their Goldfinch Brasserie. 

Their festive menu consists of a Coconut Snowman filled with shrimp, a Black Truffle Benedict with hazelnut hollandaise, Pork belly with beetroot & terragon, Lobster & chorizo puffed pastry with bonito flakes & a Christmas tree made with 64% Manjari chocolate and mandarin.

The cost of this Christmas brunch is €99. 

The Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

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Lindt Store Amsterdam

Today opened the first Lindt store in Amsterdam. It is located on Heiligeweg 22, where the Le Creuset store used to be.

I personally love their chocolates. I always found it a bit of shame that you couldn’t find a lot of flavors in the supermarket. But now with the new store, you have a lot to choose from in one place. And since they opened just before the holiday season, they also have a selection of chocolates for Christmas time. Chocolate heaven in 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

Great coffee and 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.

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

They serve coffee, wine and food. It’s in the East side of Amsterdam. Their cinnamon buns are amazing. They recently added a panko crusted egg sandwich to their takeout menu which is also worth a try.

Bocca

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

For Brunch:

Dignita

This is my favourite brunch place. 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.

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.

 

For Bubble Tea:

Tea Guys

They sell different kinds of bubble tea with dairy free options. They also have cream cheese tea. It is located at the Albert Cuypstraat. I also like their cheesecake.

Restaurants:

Yerba (Vegan)

This restaurant specialises in plant-based food. Their menu is vegan with a few options to add animal protein. Their a la carte tasting menu starts at €35 for 3 courses to up to 50€ for 6 courses (DEC 2019). We had 4 courses each and we were nicely full. Their dishes had very interesting combinations of ingredients and kept surprising our tastebuds. I also love their leek ash vegan cheese which is also sold at the Little Plant Pantry. We bought one to take home since we were already full. This restaurant is worth trying even if you are not vegetarian or vegan. The place is small so I advice you to make a reservation.

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.

Ken Sushi

This sushi place serves Omakase style dinner where the chef chooses which bites to serve. You choose how many bites you want. The Omakase 1 (20 bites) costs €45, Omakase 2 (25 bites) costs €55 and the Omakase 3 (30 bites) costs €75. Since it is the Chef’s choice, he will explain each bite, where the seafood comes from and how to eat it. It is a great experience. We had the Omakase 1 and we loved the food. Just one thing to keep in mind; since the chef will be explaining the bites throughout the whole meal, it might not be the ideal place if you are thinking of having an intimate dinner or a nice conversation with your date. Reservation is a must.

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. I recommend making a reservation since it is always busy. They also do take out but it is better to eat it at the restaurant. The steam that forms in the box gets the pizza a bit soggy which I think this is a shame since the dough is excellent. Due to Covid19, they are only selling folded pizza (pizza a portafoglio) for take out at their restaurant. During the quarantine, they developed a frozen pizza which is amazing. They are only sold via resellers (so not at their own restaurant) and they are also sold outside of Amsterdam. For the locations you can check out Nnea Frozen.

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.

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.

Ramen Kingdom

I love this ramen place. The noodles and the broth are delicious. The ambiance of the restaurant feels like you are in Japan. We went around opening time on a Saturday and we didn’t have to wait. But by the time we left there was already a waiting line, so I’d recommend to arrive early if you don’t feel like waiting. It’s right by Central station, next to the metro stop. They also have a vegetarian option.

Sla

This is an organic salad cafe. This is where I go when I crave a healthy mea and their bowls are very filling. They have many locations around the city.

The Lebanese Sajeria

They sell Manoushe, a flat bread stuffed with many toppings like za’atar & halloumi or beef and labneh. Their homemade hibiscus lemonade is also delicious. They have 2 locations in Amsterdam. One in the Negen Straatjes & another one on the Utrechtsestraat (this one has more sitting space).

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 since it is just takeaway.

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

Levain et le vin

This is a new sourdough bakery & natural wine shop at the Jan Pieter Heijestraat (the street that crosses Kinkerstraat & Overtoom). I bought the olive & crème fraîche focaccia and a small loaf to take home. I couldn’t wait and ate the focaccia on the street. It was deliciously crunchy, chewy & juicy (in a good way) from the olive oil. Their menu is expanding so keep and eye on their Instagram page for more info. The shop also has a few tables, so you can also eat/drink there. If you like burrata, they also serve it with their focaccia. They serve coffee as well.

Flo’s Appetizing

This bagel shop just opened (Nov 2019) also on the Jan Pieter Heijestraat. It is very close to Levain et le vin. Their bagels are amazing. Nice and chewy. I’ve been there twice for their carrot lox but I will definitely be back to try the rest. They have different schmears which includes vegan options. They do have seats at the bar and benches outside so can also eat it there. They also serve coffee & chocolate bakba. If you go on the weekend, I advice you to go early.

Dumplings (Food Stand)

This is a food stand at Nassauplein 60. It’s on the corner of Westerpark towards Haarlemmerplein. They serve dumplings and Chinese crepes. I loved them both. The Chinese crepe is quite big so it is nice to share if you are also having other dishes. They have a few tables around the stand so you can sit there too. Full list of their menu is on their website.

Maoz

This is a popular falafel bar chain. I usually go for their falafel in pita bread and you can stuff it with all the vegetable toppings that you want. They have four locations in Amsterdam. 

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.

Baires Empanadas

This is a cafe that specialises in empanadas from Argentina. They have a large selection with different fillings. And now they also sell alfajores de maizena (cornstarch cookies filled dulce de leche).

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).

Vlaardingse Haringhandel (Dutch Herring stand)

Herring with chopped white onions and pickles is very popular in the Netherlands. It is not raw, it is preserved in a brine. I prefer it in a bun with extra pickles. This stand is located at the Albert Cuyp Market. You can also just buy a whole pickle here. Another one of my favourite snacks. Just ask the vendor to slice it for you because it can get messy with the juice spilling everywhere if you eat it right away.

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.

Patisserie Linnick

I love this patisserie. It has delicious and beautiful one person cakes (they also sell bigger ones), macarons and chocolates. 

Polaberry 

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

Arket Cafe

This is the cafe of the Arket store on Koningsplein. Their sticky bun is drool worthy!

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

For Dutch Jenever:

Jenever is a Dutch liquor made with juniper berries. It is traditionally served in a small tulip shape glass (the size of a shot). The bartender usually fills it up to the rim and you are supposed to drink it in small sips. The should drink the first sip without lifting the glass (just bend over and have the first sip). And you usually drink it with a glass of beer. Alternating a sip of jenever with a sip of beer.

For the most traditional experience I recommend these two bars:

Proeflokaal de Ooievaar

Wynand Fockink

Another tip if you are visiting Amsterdam. There are often food markets or festivals going on around the city throughout the year. If you have Facebook, check out the events listed in Amsterdam. You can narrow your search to Food (or party, arts, ext).

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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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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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Dom Pérignon Vintage 2009

A couple of weeks ago, Dom Pérignon launched their Vintage 2009 limited Edition with a dinner at the Conservatorium Hotel.

Dom Pérignon has been working for years with well-known artists like Karl Lagerfeld, Andy Warhol and David Lynch. This year they enlisted the talents of designer Tokujin Yoshioka. Their Vintage 2009 Edition celebrates the sunlight that embraced the Champagne region during the harvest year. Tokujin reinterpreted the brand’s shield label into a three dimensional hologram that sparkles with iridescent color. He also created Prism, by working with his signature crystal prism to project a vibrant spectrum reminiscent of the sun that gave the wine its rich complexity.

As you guys already know, I am a fan of Chef Schilo’s cooking, and this evening was filled with delicious pairings. From Fruits de Mer, to Alaskan black cod with miso and Hida Gyu Wagyu beef bourguignon. The night ended with a chocolate, avocado and of course Dom Pérignon dessert. It was a very memorable evening!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Xmas Lunch at the Conservatorium Hotel

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I can’t believe how fast this year has passed by. With Christmas just around the corner, lots of restaurants already have their holiday menus planned. A great alternative if you want to skip on the cooking. As much as I enjoy the whole cooking process, sometimes it’s nice to let others do it and just enjoy the meal and the company.

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Today I had a Xmas lunch at the Conservatorium Hotel. Our table was beautifully decorated and with live singing, it was impossible not to get into the holiday spirit. We started with the Hamachi sashimi with caviar, beef tartar with nashi pear, Alaskan king crab with avocado & blood orange, and a wild carrot tartar with ash & chardonnay vinaigrette. This was all to share. The first two were my favorite. I love a good steak tartare and the combination with pear was just delicious. And the Hamachi, well I ended up eating a bit of my neighbor’s as well.

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Then we had a cappuccino of roasted celeriac with white truffle. The soup was very airy and full of flavor with a surprise of citrusy mushrooms in the bottom. For a more traditional touch, the main course was composed of very tender and juicy beef Wellington with structures of mushrooms, Bordelaise sauce, mashed potatoes, poached pears and chestnuts in salted caramel sauce.

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The Conservatorium Hotel

Van Baerlestraat 27 , Amsterdam

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