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Amsterdam - need help narrowing down!

Hungryfina Jul 21, 2006 07:34 AM

Hi!
I'm planning a trip for early September and I can't seem to narrow down restuarants. I'll be there for four nights and I've already decided 100% on De Kas for one of them. For the other three - Price is no issue, I eat everything and love ethnic foods, I like fresh innovative food (not very into fried, heavy, cream sauce, kind of stuff), and I care about atmosphere - I like trendy, chic places, not stuffy or old, and that are pretty much totally full. I'm thinking maybe one really trendy place, one ethnic place, and one neighborhoody place.

Here's what I have: - sorry it's so long!

Voorbij Het Einde
Balthazar's Keuken
Zina
Pygma-Lion (if not dinner, maybe lunch)
De Witte Uyl
Blue Pepper or Tempo Doeloe
Vandemarkt
Mamouche
Envy

Thanks in advance!!

  1. Hungryfina Jul 21, 2006 03:18 PM

    After a few more hours of work I have 5 dinner and 5 lunch choices - so I need to get rid of one in each category - I also would like to be able to fit into my clothes after this trip, so let me know if i'm trying to eat too much!!

    De Kas (dinner)
    Envy (dinner)
    Voorbij Het Einde (dinner)
    Mamouche (Dinner)
    Blue Pepper (Dinner)

    Pygma-Lion (lunch)
    Japanese Pancakes (lunch)
    Pompadour (lunch)
    Spring (lunch)
    De Bakkerswinkel (lunch)

    Thanks!

    1. Hungryfina Jul 21, 2006 04:27 PM

      Alright - Last question I swear
      Will Voorbij Het Enide and De Kas be too similar? I decided to go for blue pepper and now I'm worried that every where I eat is going to be modern-minmalist decor. Should I switch out Voorbij Het Einde for Balthazar's Keuken?

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        Eats2Much Jul 21, 2006 05:12 PM

        I posted something similar a few weeks ago and I don't know a few of your restaurants, but I did go to Balthazar's Kitchen and Envy on my last trip to Amsterdam - where as Bathazar's Kitchen was full, had a neighborhood feel, everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves and the food was great - Envy seemed to be a high end tourist trap, was empty when we got there, at most half filled up and had a sterile enviroment. The food was pretty good, although confusing to order, small portions and pretty expensive. I felt like we wasted a good night eating at Envy and would not do it again. Even if both places were priced the same, I'd still go to Balthazar's Kitchen. Since they are so close to each other, you should make reservations at both for later in the trip and then cancel one when you get a chance to see them. It's clear even when you walk by that BK is a better choice. I also like Tempo Doeloe much (and have seen similar posts by others), but do not know Blue Pepper and maybe that it also just as good. Have fun.

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          fatboy44 Jul 24, 2006 07:35 PM

          As far as I am concerned here are the best choices on your list;
          #1) De Kas (you have to go), outstanding food and a unique ambiance.
          #2) De Witte Uyl, great personal service and remarkably well executed kitchen.
          #3) Tempoe Doeloe (Indonesian), if you like Asian cuisines that place is a excellent choice.
          #4) Balthazar's, good fresh food and a solid neighborhood feel but not an experience you will be talking about much, later. Still a very good choice.
          #5)For lunch I like to walk through a neighborhood, like De Jordaan, do some sightseeing and when I get hungry I'll pick a place that is crowded and has a good looking menu. In other words, take a chance and eat what the locals are having. You can't go wrong that way. Good luck.

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            ibrndubs Jul 25, 2006 10:39 PM

            A great restaurant they have opened recently in Amsterdam is called Wagamama. They have a few locations and its very interesting. Asian fusion, noodles, ramen and other things.
            Very interesting flavors as well.
            I first went to Wagamama in London and have tried many places out in Los Angeles and can't find anything remotely like it. They have Wagamama all over Europe and even australia.
            Check out the website www.wagamama.com

            1. zuriga1 Jul 26, 2006 04:13 PM

              I think we should add that Wagamama is fairly inexpensive and there is group seating at long tables. If you want something more upscale - that's not the place, although I love the noodles and often go to the ones in and around London.

              I enjoyed Sama Sebo for the Indonesian evening. I've never been to Tempoe Doeloe so can't compare. The service was excellent as was the food... and the waiters really were helpful as I hadn't had a rijfstaffel in years.

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                mmunro Aug 10, 2006 01:50 PM

                For trendy, neighbourhood and ethnic in Amsterdam look no further than the Rakang- a trendy Thai set in the Jordaan (Elandstraat). Fabulous food, amazing experience. I urge you to book at least a week in advance. Thai will never be the same again!

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                  durakje Aug 16, 2006 01:07 PM

                  Tempo Doeloe is, in my experience, far and away the best Indonesian in Amsterdam. Also the only place where they say 'hot and spicy' and actually mean it.

                  Reservations essential; they rarely, if ever, accept walk-ins. Try the charcoal-grilled goat saté.

                  1. greenolivetree Aug 21, 2007 05:55 AM

                    Hi, I'd definitely recommend Balthazar's Kitchen and also De Reiger, which I'd written a review http://greenolivetree.blogspot.com/20.... This is a very local traditional brown cafe near the Anne Frank Museum - the food is always great. Envy is great for drinks and for the ambiance.. For lunch I'd recommend Puccini Cafe that has a fun view of canal and people near Waterlooplein. Their sandwiches, smoothies and desserts are fabulous!

                    1. mevrouwcupcake Sep 3, 2007 01:40 AM

                      Balthazar's Keuken is a shoe-in, good consistent quality and lovely dining experience, but be aware that they are only open Weds-Fri, and you'll need to make a reservation.
                      Skip Envy, it's too expensive and hipper-than-thou to be worth the small portions of food.
                      Trade Mamouche in for Zina.
                      Drop Pompadour for lunch and go to Puccini (as greenolivetree suggested).
                      Try the Japanese Pancakes, but do make a reservation.
                      Don't miss the Bakkerswinkel.

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                        synergy Sep 11, 2007 09:22 AM

                        \i am in Amsterdam right now and have the Japanese Pancake house on my list to try in the next day or two...I have a question - is it for lunch or dinner?

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                        mixtboy Mar 27, 2008 03:19 AM

                        The French Cafe in De Pijp area is a good spot... very well presented food, trendy atmosphere, good buzz, nice service... and of course great eats... we'll be taking visiting friends there when they're over.

                        www.thefrenchcafe.nl

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