Some guide books say that the Food in Holland is awful, and Dutch Food doesn't really exist. On both fronts, I disagree. Below is a list of our favourite places to eat in Amsterdam.
Most people that know me, know I love my food. I was a chef for a few years in my youth and I love to cook - however even more important than cooking for me is eating out - I love good food and good wine. After 20 years in Amsterdam - this is my pick of the best:
This is truly a fantastic restaurant. The food is delicious, innovative, uses only the best of ingredients and the Chef's Five Course Surprise Menu is only just over 50 Euros per person! Just tell the waiter what ingredients you don't like or are allergic to and they will ensure the menu is tailored to your requirements. Not only is the food great, they have one of the best wine lists in Amsterdam with wines to suit all tastes and budgets.
Noorderstraat 19-21-23, 1017 TR Amsterdam, NetherlandsTel : +31 20 428 3632
Restaurant De Vijf Vliegen
A beautiful "old dutch" restaurant serves what is called in Dutch "Nieuwe Nederlandse Keuken" Or New Dutch Cuisine. Amazing variations on classic Dutch Dishes - again, an excellent wine list. This restaurant has hosted many celebrities, and you will find small plaques on some of the chairs with their names. This establishment also is rumoured to be one of Henry Kissenger's favorite restaurant and he visited here many times
Spuistraat 294-302, 1012 VX Amsterdam, Netherlands Tel : +31 (0)20 53 04 060
Nice atmosphere, great food, good wine list, and reasonably priced for the level of quality you will experience here! A small restaurant so be sure to call and book - not to be missed
Herengracht 413, 1017 BP Amsterdam, Netherlands Tel : +31 (0) 20 626 9503
The Netherlands is famous for Indonesian Food, and this is probably the best Indonesian resturant in Amsterdam, if not the whole Netherlands. The concept of the "Rijstafel" or "Rice Table" is a selection of dishes each served in a small quantity. Their signature "Rijsttafel Istemewa" is amazing - 25 separate dishes separated into mild, medium and spicy - start with mild and work your way up! Reservations here are essential - it is a small resturant and fills up quickly!
Utrechtsestraat 75, 1017 VJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Tel : +31 (0) 20 625 6718
Thai food is generally excellent in The Netherlands, much better than in the UK or Germany. Infact I have only ever eaten in one bad Thai restaurant (Na Siam on Kerkstraat - REALLY awful and very close to Take Thai - don't go to Na Siam!) This is a great restaurant - they use quality ingredients, presentation is very good and the service is amazing. The wine list is average, but this should not put you off the great food here.
Utrechtsestraat 87, 1017 VK Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Tel : +31 (0)20 622 0577
A great eatery with a varied menu. Good Wine List - friendly staff.
Utrechtsestraat 41- 45, 1017 VH Amsterdam, The Netherlands Tel : +31 (0) 20 622 6376
Great real Dutch Home Cooking - Their "Oma's Suddervlees" or "Grandma's Stew" is amazing, located near the "9 Straatjes"
Berenstraat 12, 1016 GH Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Tel : +31 (0) 20 623 2373
Great Tapas! MUCH better than the so called best Tapas in Amsterdam "Pata Negra". Go to Tia Rosa get better food, friendly service (not conceivable at Pata Negra!) and a wonderful atmosphere!
Reguliersgracht 11 1017 LJ Amsterdam, Tel : +31 20 82 03 749
Every day places
The following places are great for lunch and dinner - fantastic places - good food and good prices.
Akbar (The only decent Indian!)