My first year in Amsterdam has come to an end today and I want to share my favorite restaurant finds. If you know of some more goodies, please leave a comment and share!
First up is pizza. The Dark Angel and I are big fans, and though none of our favorite places are close enough to our place for take out or delivery, they are good enough to rate a night out. My three way tie for pizza goes to De Pizza Bakkers, Yam Yam, and Le 4 Stagioni. Pizza Bakkers have real pepperoni which is hard to find in this town plus several pizzas with truffle oil, Yam Yam has incredible tira misu for dessert and truffle oil on a few of the pizzas, and Le 4 Stagioni has real Italians (though call ahead because we passed by a week ago and they appear to be under construction).
A Saturday wouldn’t be complete without lunch at De Soepwinkel. The things they can do with a ladle. From Mushroom Chickpea to Lamb Apricot to Chicken Tikka – we’ve not had a bad soup here. Paired with a quiche lorraine and chocolate cake or cherry cheesecake you may be moved to tears. This is what I imagine the food would be like if I lived in a commune.
If you like middle eastern food we’re lucky enough to live around the corner from a really delish place: Revan. Two things make this place special – first are the warm stuffed grape leaves (as opposed to cold – so much better warm) and for the Dark Angel real Knaffe which is a dessert made of warm cheese topped with angel hair pastry and a sugar syrup. It’s not my favorite but he goes nuts for it. Then all of the salads and kebabs are very tasty.
This may seem a strange pick when you walk in, but Wok to Home is hands down the best noodle place in the city. The Dark Angel used to live above this place and now that we’ve moved in together in a different neighborhood we’ve tried without success to replace it with something closer. Make sure to get the Chinese noodles with either the oyster sauce or the szechuan sauce (spicy). The place is a hole in the wall, but the people are friendly and you can eat there or the noodles stay hot if you pedal fast.
Next up is Cafe George. They have a really nice bistro atmosphere and in nicer weather the six two-tops out front over looking the canal are the place to be. They have a nice club sandwich and burger but the best thing about Cafe George is that it’s the only place (I know at least) that has seasoned curly fries.
I finally went to Door 74 recently. Really great atmosphere and excellent, creative cocktails. Because they work on a reservation system you actually get a place to sit. It’s not very well marked and the door next to it has a funny little sign that says “this is not Door 74, honest” which is amusing.
And last but not least is Kitsch on Utrechtstraat. I’ve only eaten here during restaurant week so it was a set menu but was very nice. What I like best about Kitsch are the sgroppinos. These are lemon gelato/vodka/sparkling wine concoctions that go down great with a group of friends in their animal print booth.
That’s all I have for now, but I’ve tried so many places and been disappointed so I’m hoping you have some other favorites to add to my list.