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The Lunch ..Volendam: In a fishing village near Amsterdam
We were on a day trip out of Amsterdam and Volendam was the lunch stop. Our guide suggested we might like to eat in 'The Lunch"....prices are reasonable...they are quick to serve you...and the food is good...and she was correct.
We chose some traditional food including roasted eel...not bad...and some first class shrimps...one dish cold and one dish hot to share.
We were lucky the guide was at our table and helped us choose.
The restaurant is so popular the fish is as fresh as can be.
Apple pie to finish this delightfull ...yet 'different ' mealRelated to:
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Marco-polo: Good food, coffee, and people watching
While there is no shortage of great places to eat or enjoy a cup of coffee. I've found this little place to be a great pitt-stop.
Food is good, as well as the service. However what I love is their location, only a few blocks from Central station on the way to Dam square. You can sit, and do some great 'people watching'. During colder weather the entire front is glassed in.
Also they have clean restrooms, at no charge!
The only downside, is not wheelchair accessible.
Favorite Dish: I would suggest the lasagna or pepperoni pizza, if you want a quick bite to eat.Related to:
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Can't remember the name!! Any ideas anyone?: Pizza in the Rembrandtplein
Saturday night on the Rembrandtplein is a great place to watch this lively city. We got here quite late (around 10.45 I think) but they were still happy to serve food (if a little too slowly :))
Favorite Dish: I just had a pizza Marguerita (cheese and tomato to you and me, but the Hawaiian looked nice too (ham and pineapple).
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Maxime: Upscale Bistro, Downscale Rating
Maxime fancies itself a brasserie and proudly advertises its location with the finest international stores visible out the window. And first appearances suggest an upscale lunch environment. The classy black awning ( on closer inspection a little shopworn ), outdoor dining, the impressive bar, and the contemporary if slightly dated wooden tables, purple banquettes, orange chairs, and mirrored walls. The clientele, drawn presumably for neighboring shops, well dressed and visibly well heeled. And as the only breakfast, lunch, and early dinner establishment in the shopping district, hopes were high.
Menu items lean toward French right down to the croque monsieur and madame, a soup du jour, steak tartare, french words all over the menu, burger royale aux fromage, etc. The truth is that the high hopes were promptly dashed. The decor is dated and the service is abysmally slow, cold, and disinterested. Prices, as one might anticipate from the monopoly and the menu items, were high. Salads, sandwiches, and baguettes 9-16 Eu, entrees up to 22 Eu, steep for lunch. Could this have been the place that the menu stated steak tartare and then had the unmitigated gall to add > in parentheses?
And the food was mediocre at best, when it finally arrived - so much so that right now i cannot even recall what we ate. Access to bathroom facilities were up a steep poorly lit stairway, not accessible for the challenged. No surprise -- not on the recommended list.
Soup Kitchen: Soup & sandwich
This is anew concept in amsterdam, the soups are all homemade & delicious
Actually there are a number of places just doing homemade soup but this franchise will do the whole caboodle.
The sandwiches are huge so don't be fooled when ordering
I ordered the special for Eur 6.50 which turned out to be a spinach soup with red pesto stirred in, including 3 slices of homemade bread + a huge brown bread beef sandwich - more like half a loaf.
Favorite Dish: SoupRelated to:
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EETCafe St. Paul's: My favorite night cafe on Gravenstraat
On one of my favorite streets (Gravenstraat, behind the new church) in the center of Amsterdam sits Cafe St. Paul's.
It sounds and feels like THIS
It is owned and operated by a very warm, welcoming and affectionate family from Iran/Persia.
Reza, his wife Fery, and his sons Amir and Muhammed run the most wonderful little cafe and give warm, friendly and professional service and advice.
I had an excellent chicken sate' dinner there, and the Fromagerie Crignon next door (also theirs) provides cheese and meat fondue, both inside and outside on the narrow but comfortable Gravenstraat terrace.
But most of all, they will introduce you to what became my favorite Amsterdam drink of choice: ice cold jong jenever.
I spent an hour or two of almost every evening in Amsterdam enjoying a jong jenever with them at Cafe St. Paul.
I also met the most interesting man I have ever met in my life there: Jonathan De Waal.
More on him later. But that would take another set of chapters.
I miss you Jonathan.
I will return to Cafe St. Paul's on Gravenstraat every night I am ever in Amsterdam if possible, to spend time with Reza and his family, and to stand Jonathon a Pernod.
Favorite Dish: Chicken sate' and any fondue, on the terrace of Gravenstraat outside if possible,
sipping Jenever and watching Reza and Fery's beautiful granddaughter dance with her mother Sara.
When I die, if there is a heaven, Eetcafe St. Paul's is around the corner and open 24/7, with Jonathan holding court.
Note: vt added the name / category "lunchroom / lounge"
it wasn't called that when I was there ... it was "Eet Cafe St Paul's"
If it's changed, thanks vt for the update -
if not - make sure you goto the one I'm talking about behind the New Church @ Gravenstraat 24
Cafe's/Grand Cafe's/Bars/Pubs/Bruine Cafe's: Karbeel
A bit of everything here, but the speciality is definitely cheese fondue. These are good and very filling. The other foodstuffs are pretty much your standard restaurant fare (steak, grilled meat and soups).
The kitchen is open all day as the places and lunch as well to the hungry crowds in nearby hostels and guesthouses. Another benefit is the location in one of the most happening places in town, and it's only 2 minutes from Centraal Station.
Favorite Dish: Cheese fondue is the way to go. Make sure to get a bit of a spicy one as melted cheese tends to get a bit bland if it's not dressed up!
Wilma & Albert's: Killer Steakhouse in Haarlem
Not in Amsterdam, but just a quick 15-min trainride to Haarlem, (or about 15 miles by bicycle) - it's worth the trip.
Wilma & Albert's has some of the best steaks in Nederlands.
Then you can walk around Haarlem and take a quick train back, or continue on west to the beach at Zandvoort.
Favorite Dish: Steak steak, meat with meat sauce.
Opening hours: 12.00 to 24.00 hours dailyRelated to:
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We were waiting for the Rijks museum to open as we were either early or have not had our caffeine shots for the morning. There was a cafe opposite (actually between the Rijks and Van Gogh museums) that looked very tantalising to us then.
And it was so relaxing sitting there. There was a little park-like place with fountains in symmetry.
Favorite Dish: Coffee
Various: Try an Uitsmijiter
This is a traditional Dutch dish, we had this for breakfast & I was so hungry, my hands were shaking thus the reason for the hazy photo.
It is ham, fried egg (mirror egg) & bits of cheese melted in all done in the pan served on bread. What the dutch call bacon in the shops is so thin its not worth it so instead buy some lovely ham.
Breakfast: Great Breakfast Place
Amsterdam is not a city known for food, however, right outside of Leidseplein square next to Marriott Hotel there is a little round waffle place that is an ideal pick for brekfast. They are open from 8 to 2pm I believe and the menu does not have much to choose from aside from pancakes and waffles but this is a perfect meal to cure a hangover of any sort. Highly recommended.
This small restaurant (seat about 30 people in total) has a friendly neighborhood feel. And the food is delicious. Wonderful pizzas, and their daily specials are also usually very good. It is not uncommon to see the locals having a leasurely dinner while their kids run around outside, running in to have a sip of water, or to cuddle with their parents.
Very nice restaurant to "spend the evening" in. Have an appetizer, some wine, a nice meal, some more wine, and a yummy dessert.
Favorite Dish: This restaurant has an appetizer called "leaning tower of pisa" that is to die for. Grilled veg with delicious goats cheese and a balsamic vinagrette. Mmmmm. Also, they have a very nice Tuna Salad. If you can get the pesto on the side with anything as an add-on... it is very very good.
Sterk Staaltje/De eetwinkel: Better than a Restaurant
Food was outstanding. You first notice that this Deli is very clean and the selection of food is terrific. Bread, cheese, olives, and a host of dishes available to take out or have warmed and eat right there. The staff was very helpful. I guess we just like the overall look of the place and the selection of food that was available.
Favorite Dish: We ordered a spinish/cheese thing and a noodle and meat dish and a mixed salad with cheese and olives.. We had them warmed up, took them outside by the canal, found a bench and enjoyed the food and the scene. Our only regret was that we wished we had found this place earlier and used it more often. It really was great.
Macchu Pichu cafe: Space Cake
Macchu Pichu cafe - Amstel 36 in A'dam. Open 11am-11pm daily. Inca themed "coffeeshop." You can sample Hemp burgers and Space Cake. Full English breakfast served in the summer.
Favorite Dish: When I was a kid (like those here playing games: "My pa is bigger than your pa'), I dreamed with working for NASA. Materials Science was a good choice in that path but I sticket ot Earth. anyways, Space Cake is a good choice in this place.Related to:
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La Ciboulette Restaurant: **This is what you need sometimes
If you want to taste food which is prepared with love....eat here.
These people who run this restaurant for 10 years love the products they work with and that is what you taste.
Really cullinary, not for a simple menu but to eat for example their 5 course menu. hmm
Favorite Dish: Every day there is a 5 course menu and that is made of the best products of the day.
you can watch there website for some examples of delicious dishes.
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