Please educate us..Amsterdam
Our first trip and will be over the weekend after New Years. We will be coming from 4 nights in Paris with 3 nights of high end French and NY Eve of Chinese. We are totally unfamiliar with the cuisine although we have read and printed the posts available and like the sound of Five Flies, Van de Kaart and De Witte Uyll. We would like to experience one dinner of excellent Indonesian, and perhaps 2 dinners of high end more traditional Dutch fare. Our nights are Friday , Saturday and Sunday ( is Sunday a difficult night?). Our price point is flexible as food is the primary focus of our vacations to Europe ! So my question is if you only had 3 nights and price was no object where would you go? Willing to travel and very appreciative of any advice . I will report back.
Here is Paris itinerary from France board:
"Did the search...has no one been ?
here's the line up for a quick trip at the end of the month... I did the search and only one pops up and all the reviews are from me ??? Anyone been:
Mon Dec 29th Dominique Bouchet...return trip can't say enough about this place
Tues Dec 30th L'Arome ( former George V chef)
New Years Eve ( yeah I know but Hotel not apartment this time ) Diep for Chinese
Thurs Jan 1 Apicius
I am using an excellent concierge and am surprised that I can't find any references here at all...are Hounds holding back secrets?????? ...I will report"
Hi there! Although I've been living in Amsterdam for the past 6 months, I'm afraid I haven't really gone out to eat all that much.
What I've found useful is the list of restaurants at the back of TimeOut Amsterdam, which you can pick up at most major bookstores or magazine shops (I go to the one on Spuistraat Centrum, at the Athaneum Boekhandel). Here are a few places they recommended:
-Elsa's Homemade: Passagiersschip De Feniks, Steiger 5, Oosterdok (elsashomemade.nl)
-Nam Kee: zeedijk 111-113 (namkee.nl)
-Bijenkorf Kitchen: dam 1 (bijenkorf.nl)
I went to the Bijenkorf Kitchen and it was pretty good - they have a variety of delicious sandwiches.
At this time of the year, the bakeries have pretty good olliebollen. You can pick some up from the vendors near the streets.
I think you might want to avoid the Bijenkorf Kitchen.
Ever present Amsterdam restaurant critic Johannes van Dam just rated it a 4 out of 10. He frequently gives out ratings above 7 or 8, and this is especially shocking because he hosted the opening in September.
In his review this week he says it's terrible and that he is ashamed having been involved in the opening...