Already crowned with one (or maybe two?!?) Michelin stars, this is THE place. An intimate set up with white table cloth, a super refined menu with very attentive service. The menu is fixed so flag your idiosyncrasies in advance, but go full steam for it and combine it with the wine pairing. Not for everyday but definitely very very special.
Frans Halsstraat 26 – Amsterdam
After visiting Marta’s new apartment on the Westerdok we go just around the corner for this great French-inspired restaurant, which is next to another funny place called Worst (as in sausage). The fare is delicious, I go for roosted quail as a main while the others opt for the beef, we have a fish based entree and we accompany this with a great bottle of beaujeaoulais. The waitress Rosa is super nice and takes good care of Marta’s dietary requirements. We love it!
Address: Barentszstraat 173
Delicious, slightly pretentious, French-inspired (yes, these remarks are consequential) bistrot with a menu of solid French classics and a very good environment. I had the best foie gras I had in years (I still dream about it!), forget about any diet, this is oh-so-good!
Address: Ruysdaelstraat 54/56
This brasserie gives you the idea to be in Paris for one night, but it takes only one step outside to find you in the bustling Rembrandtplein. The fare is classical, I went there with my parents and we indulged into a nice starter with oysters (really fresh) and continued with fish. Nice, elegant, classic, a tad expensive.
Address: Amstelstraat 9 – Amsterdam
By the time I write this blog, the restaurant Christophe (named after the chef who opened the place in 1989, Christophe Royer) has closed down. Indeed a shame as the place offered a classy, sophisticated and slightly old-fashioned dining experience with a very distinct charm in the Jordaan district. It was indeed awarded a Michelin Star until 2007 when Christophe himself caught everybody by surprise and left his namesake restaurant.
Well, not much else to say about this, except maybe remembering that my friend Edith brought me there to discover the place in January 2013, and I keep a fond memory of that evening.
A bientot, Christophe!