Not to be confused with the eponymous online fashion retailer, this restaurant belongs to the new concept of the W hotel in Amsterdam, an architectural prodigy with a stunning terrace and a unique view on Amsterdam. The specialty of the place is meat, as the name suggests. You enter the restaurant while cuts of meat are watching you from a refrigerated cell which has glass doors. We wait for our table a lot, and then when offered the menu, we choose Mrs Porter (the female, lighter version) and Rib-Eye. The meat is good but over-priced vs what is on offer and the service is awful. We dine and then we head towards the lounge-bar, very pretentious to be Amsterdam.
Spuistraat 175 – Amsterdam
In a beautiful location facing the Ij, this Michelin-starred restaurant offers a great 5-(or more) course menu for a great price and it is perfect if you have great company and are ready to keep a good and consistent pace through your ever-surprising meal.
Going for the menu is worth it – again if you have time and capacity – and an authentic culinary experience which is rare in Amsterdam!
Ijdok 185 – Amsterdam
On the otherwise not extremely charming and very business-oriented Europaplein, find this great meat restaurant: situated in a luminous post-industrial set-up, expect to find delicious steak here. Whatever the cut you choose, the choice is very good, the garniture is kept simple and the cooking level perfect. There is also a decent set of cocktails.
Europaplein 2 – Amsterdam
This place has been in our list for quite some time, but for one reason or another we never managed to find place…and I keep on seeing around the fabric bags of this place, with the unmissable silhouette of a boar and the Gothic character. Then Ale surprises me (as always) and finds a spot here fro a Saturday night tete-a-tete. Oh wow. There is first of all one remark about the ‘hood: lively, with a a very different vibe than other places in Amsterdam, Javaplein is definitely a place worth exploring, full of bars and cafes and with a workers’ atmosphere that feels alternatively Irish or very ownably Dutch. The WZ itself is in an old building and is divided between Restaurant and Eetbar, with the common denominator of taking traditional Dutch food and produce from the season and giving it a modern twist…and the result is delicious. We eat at the restaurant, the ambience is also great, in a very rusty and grimy place which is like the cuisine itself. wine choice is small but good and service really friendly, better than average. Well done, Dutch boars, a great experience!
In the oh-so-upcoming West, Pazzi is first of all a witty play on words: Pazzi,beyond being the acronym for Pizza, means also crazy, and used in Italian to say crazy about something (a famous pizzeria in Rome is indeed called Pizza pazza al pezzo). But beyond the clever pun, search no more: the best pizza in town is definitely served here. This simple, no-reservation place serves a thin crust and some variants which are really really excellent, all watered down by some good Birra Moretti. My choice is the classic Bufala which does disappoint me, as the sauce is tasty, the dough crunchy, the mozzarella flavourful, and Ale takes the the pizza van de week is also good. Definitely a place worth going back to, they also do take-way and accept no reservation. Because this is how you should always go and explore these places: with no reservation.
de Clerqstraat, 93
Yes, you read it well, this restaurant is actually located in an ex-Citroen car dealer, and the garage decor is so realistic cars can get to the floor, together with clients.
So the ambience is definitely extraordinary, the menu is quite small (4 entrees, 4 mains, 4 desserts, out of which not everything is available) but super tasty. We go for oysters as starter and a delicious lobster bisque in which some oven-baked ravioli stuffed with crab are happily swimming. For a main I go for the game (yummy! it is stuffed pheasant with a side of kale and mashed potatoes) while my companion goes for cod with hollandaise sauce. We discover that in Dutch FUNGHI PORCINI translates as “bread for squirrels”. Lucky squirrels! The wine list is quite disappointing, the service so so but very friendly, price ok and the location makes up for the rest. We will be back.
Watch out though: quite difficult to find!
Address: Stadionweg 22 Amsterdam
Located in the building that once hosted the Stacey’s restaurant (which significantly is remembered more for its location than for its food…), there is a new kid on the block since some months, the Anatolian barbecue ALI OCAKBASI, the Amsterdam antenna of an Istanbul institution. the verdict? really delicious. The ambience has been appropriately refurbished to feature a more Turkish environment, and the restaurant extends on two storeys. We eat on the ground floor, we order some starters (the pastirmali humus is delicious) and we continue with beef and lamb from the grill. The meat is tender and well marinated and the sauces and dips are rich but not heavy.
The service is very friendly and compensates some inattentiveness with extra care (the waitress forgot to bring us the two glasses of wine we asked, when we reminded her she brought them and she did not have us pay for them). Great ambience and delicious food, in a fantastic location – well done!