Let’s go Royal at The Duchess

Another restaurant within the W Hotel complex, The Duchess is hosted in an old bank building and keeps the interior of the caveau for a precious dinner. The promise is ‘eclectic classics with a fresh twist’ and to be fair, it is indeed eclectic classics, with a good hommage to tradition.I personally love the small donuts filled with foie gras as entree, the duck breast and  the Beef Wellington as main (yummy). The ambience is very well curated, with candle-lit tables, yet the overall feeling is not pretentious, and the service is friendly and good without being excessively formal or stiff.

Spuistraat 172 – Amsterdam

http://www.the-duchess.nl

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another Ron Gastrobar – this time Oriental

Another, delicious brainchild of our very favourite chef . The promise of Oriental cuisine with an international twist is well kept. We start with Dimsum and we continue with some delicious Thai-inspired beef. The set-up and ambiance could be better (it feels quite bleak), but the service is good, the clientele mostly Dutch and slightly noisy but overall it is ok.

Kerkstraat 23 – Amsterdam

http://www.rongastrobaroriental.nl

 

Good meat but bad service at Mr Porter

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

http://www.mrportersteakhouse.com

Anatolian delicacies at ALI OCAKBASI

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!

Herengracht 558
http://www.aliocakbasi.nl

Sushi Lovers Episode 6: AN

We have been reading about this place but we always found it closed, we finally manage to come on an open day. it is really simple and unpretentious, we are amongst the very few clients and we clearly feel the food is just made just for us in that precise moment. Which makes the sushi really fresh and tasty. the hand rolls are delicious and we try a light tempura of aubergine which is also super good. Authentic with a polite service and great value for money. we will be back – if we find it open!

Address: Weteringschans 76

http://www.japansrestaurantan.nl

Yet another Thai restaurant, yet a good one, Bangkok

This is another example of a place where I would have not dared to enter if it was not for a recommendation of a friend. Situated in the most touristic area close to Rembrandtplein, named after the most famous Thailand’s city, how more stereotypical can you be? well, BANKOK delivers really great food, and it is true, it is full of tourists who stumble upon it but also you got regulars who appreciated it just as much. the service is quick and pragmatic, the fare is excellent and value for money as well. Recommended!

Elegance in a Dutch way at Van Vlaanderen

Elegant, excellent, extraordinary, still relaxed and accessible. A great combination of fine dining and the Dutch easy-going approach is the secret of this restaurant in Wetering Circuit. we go there in November 2014 after an intercontinental flight, I choose the duck option, my partner the fish, both of us are delighted, and the service is kind and attentive. So good and so unexpected! We will be back.