The Real Amsterdam
I'll be in Amsterdam for three days and would like to sample food that truly represents the Netherlands and it's people.
Of course, I enjoy Thai, Italian, Chinese and most other ethnic foods, but I'd like to sample the best Dutch cuisine in the city. Whether it's bar food, comfort food, fine dining, Mom's best cooking, I'm mostly concerned with eating something authentic.
I'll be staying near the center of the city, hopefully on one of the canals.
Can you help me out??
I'd recommend Gartine (Taksteeg) for breakfast/lunch. It's a mix of Dutch and French influences but lots of locally sourced ingredients are used, many grown in the owners' garden. Try the 'wentelteefjes' (a sort of French toast) made with Frisian sugar bread.
On the lovely Peperstraat (east of Nieuwmarkt), both Greetje and newcomer Gebr. Hartering, the latter run by two Dutch brothers, both do a good range of top-notch Dutch dishes.
'Uitsmijters' - fried eggs, cheese and sometimes ham served on bread - is a popular breakfast dish and is available in cafes all over Amsterdam.
The Dutch also love their 'borrelhapjes' (snacks consumed with a drink), many of which come out of the deep-fat fryer. These include bitterballen (crispy balls filled with meat ragout, croquettes, cheese straws and vlammetjes (pastry filled with spicy meat). These are also available all over town, but De Ysbreeker does them pretty well and has a fantastic terrace on the River Amstel.
We had a wonderful dinner last night at charming, authentic Greetje. can't recommend it highly enough, though it's a little hard to find. And tho we took the trolley there it's a long 10 minutes from the stop. The restaurant called a taxi after dinner to get us back to our hotel. Don't miss the croquet-Monsieur -like appetizer made on sugar bread. http://www.restaurantgreetje.nl/