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Cafe van Puffelin: Pub Style Continental Dining
This former brown cafe has over the years morphed into a larger establishment occupying two townhouses, one side a surprisingly cosy and clubby bar and the second an accomplished restaurant. The restaurant is located in the middle of a block directly on the Prinsengracht at the center of the Nine Little Streets district. Dark woods, limited lighted, sturdy wooden tables and comfortable chairs - nice place for a good meal in a friendly local environment. Service is a bit slow and not overly welcoming but the food more than balances these shortcomings. On a rainy night, the tables overlooking the canal were empty - sad. The menu is eclectic and changes frequently - largely French and Italian featuring a selection of pastas, but choices ranged from Cajun salmon to Thai noodles to a very Mexican ( and very good) bean soup. The full bar appeared to offer a huge selection of gins and beers.
van Puffelen was my first exposure to mustard soup - loved it. We were recommended to the half duck, sliced breast and leg with a spicy orange and cinammon sauce. Steak is apparently a specialty. Good chips. As was so often the case in Amsterdam, the portions were more than adequate and we passed on the intriguing short dessert list. A popular and well known restaurant, and no surprise with the excellent meal provided.
Van Puffelen: Van Puffelen
You enter the restaurant through the 'proeverij', or jenever [Dutch gin] tasting house, which, to an American eye, looked like the typical yuppie bar [except for the amount of smoke present!], full of Amsterdam's youngest and well-dressed [dark expensive suits etc - women ALL in black:], but the atmosphere in the restaurant was relatively smoke-free and certainly more casual. [very few ties in evidence] The food was fairly 'trendy', including ostrich steak. The service was good, if a bit erratic in terms of who was responsible for what, but it was good-willed. The walls of the dark-walled room were full of interesting posters. From the tables around us it was clear that this was a place friends and colleagues came to enjoy good food in a serious [food-wise], but relaxed atmosphere. It feels like a French bistro without the attitude. It's on our list for next time!
Favorite Dish: grilled salmon on a 'bed' of creamy sauerkraut
Cafe van Puffelen: Definitely fun
Nice place with good food
Every first saturday of the month from 23.00: Back to the 80's.
Open every monday-friday from 15.00 every sat/sun: 12.00
Main course between 14 and 20 euro
Favorite Dish: Don't remember. Everything tasted excelent.
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