Are you planning a trip to Amsterdam and do you like good restaurants? You’ve come to the right place. During a recent trip to Amsterdam, I was able to try out the new culinary scene in the Dutch metropolis. I found a refined and very creative cuisine. Here is a brief review of the restaurants where I enjoyed myself, without exception!
Guts and Glory
This charming little restaurant offers themed menus that change every 3 months. For lunch, a surprise menu of 3, 4 or 5 courses, and for dinner, the same concept, but with 5, 6 or 7 courses. As you don’t know what you are going to eat, of course, you are asked if there are foods you don’t like or if you have any food allergies. When I visited, the restaurant had a Latin American themed menu. At the moment, it is Spain that is in the spotlight. I liked everything about this little restaurant: the service, the presentation and most importantly the quality of the food. gutsglory.nl
C for Celsius. Open since October 2015, Restaurant C has indeed created its menu around the concept of temperature. The entire menu is indeed listed according to temperature scales: 0-20C raw or cold, 40-80C low temperature, 100C steamed and seared, 200C grill, plancha and tempura! The decor of the restaurant is very successful and the kitchen is integrated in a large central island where the food is prepared. I was seated at the bar and I was able to observe with attention one of the cooks preparing my dishes. The food is of impeccable quality. Very nice bar also to taste succulent cocktails. My favorite of the 5 restaurants I visited during my stay in Amsterdam. c.amsterdam
The restaurant of Austrian chef Michael Wolf is located in a beautiful glass building built on an old railway bridge, not far from Amsterdam’s central station. The atmosphere is very cozy, especially with the bar area as soon as you enter the restaurant. Wolf Atelier offers a 15-course tasting menu for the biggest appetites (at 70 euros when I visited). Otherwise, there are more classic 4 and 5 course menus. I found the wine list a bit short, really the only criticism to make. Otherwise, the food as well as the service were really great. And the portions were surprisingly big compared to what we are used to see in restaurants of this standing! wolfatelier.nl
One of the latest gastronomic additions to the Amsterdam culinary scene, Choux is always busy. Reservations required!!! Located just a stone’s throw from the central station, the restaurant is on the first floor. The first floor is dedicated to cultural events (the program is very varied). Of the five restaurants I went to, Choux is by far the one with the best wine offer. Riedel glasses and waiters who know a lot about wine. But above all, a very nice menu that includes names like Hervé Souhault, Philippe Bornard, Belluard, Frédéric Cossard, Philippe Pacalet, Yvon Métras, La Stoppa or Emidio Pepe, to name a few, but not the least! The restaurant was packed. All the items on the menu are composed of 4 ingredients. The food is very good, everything is very well executed, almost too much! A little downside, I found that some dishes had too many different flavors… Very nice experience though ! choux.nl
EN Japanese kitchen and sake bar
Chef Ken Osawa has mastered the art of sushi, to say the least. The chef’s creations are fabulous, but it’s not all raw fish! The 3, 5 or 7 course tasting menus will delight your taste buds. Very large choice of sake. I had a very good time at EN. The manager Ryuji and the chef Ken are both very friendly and are an integral part of the great experience you will have by going to this restaurant. Japanese food lovers, you will be delighted ! en-amsterdam.nl