According to Auerbach, the city is experiencing something of a “restaurant boom,” with several chefs from Michelin-starred kitchens finally branching out with their own concepts: Egon van Hoof (of the contemporary-leaning MOS), Michael Wolf (with his tasting-menu spot Wolf Atelier), and Ken Osawa (who now slices sushi at the bar of his own EN Japanese Kitchen & Sake Bar) just to name a few. Also garnering buzz are the city’s bistronomy spot of the moment (Kaagman & Kortekaas), an Asian spinoff of a familiar concept (Gastrobar Oriental), and two new spots from the chef team of Guillaume de Beer and Freek van Noortwijk. Here now — and in alphabetical order — the Eater Heatmap to Amsterdam:
1 C Amsterdam
From the same team that brought the popular Amsterdam pop-up Baut (recently relocated to the Prinses Irenestraat), at Restaurant C, chefs Michiel van der Eerde and Arnout van der Kolk have designed a menu organized by cooking temperatures, like: 0-20°C (raw/marinated), 40-80°C (slow-cooked, sous-vide), 100°C (cooked/steamed), 200°C (grill/plancha), and -20-0°C for desserts. If you’re in at lunchtime, do order the C Burger, best burger in Amsterdam.
Wibautstraat 125, Amsterdam, Netherlands
After two successful pop-ups, chef Merijn van Berlo and sommelier Figo van Onna have opened a permanent restaurant called Choux. The avant-garde, monthly-changing menu is based on seasonal ingredients and the wine list focuses on natural wines. Book dinner for a full-on tasting menu experience — or visit during lunch, when Choux serves salads, sandwiches, and a three- or four-course tasting menu.
De Ruijterkade 128 Amsterdam, Netherlands
3 De Kersentuin
In September 2015, iconic Amsterdam restaurant De Kersentuin at the Bilderberg Garden Hotel reopened after a much-needed facelift and with a brand-new team in charge of the kitchen. The executive chef is Stefan van Sprang, of two-Michelin-starred Aan de Poel in Amstelveen, but behind the stove is Wessel Ruijmgaart. The menu features simplified versions of Aan de Poel’s signature dishes: Consider the foie gras toastie with Madeira sauce a must-order.
Dijsselhofplantsoen 7, Amsterdam, Netherlands
4 EN Japanese Kitchen @ Sake Bar
Chef Ken Osawa and manager/sommelier Ryuchi Ikémizu have left Michelin-starred Yamazato and started their own restaurant. Select dishes from the a la carte menu (recent favorites included the charred chu-toro nigiri and Iberico tonkatsu) or go for the monthly-changing tasting menu. Daily specials are mentioned on the blackboard. Book a table, or better yet, sit at the counter and watch chef Osawa prepare fresh sushi and sashimi.
Dusartstraat 53, Amsterdam, Netherlands
5 Guts & Glory
Young-gun chefs Guillaume de Beer and Freek van Noortwijk (formerly of Restaurant Daalder in Amsterdam) opened this restaurant a year ago. Guts & Glory has a single-ingredient concept, which the duo refers to as “chapters,” and every couple of months, there’s a new chapter. Chicken, fish, and beef have been on the menu so far. Next up (starting end of January) is pork, complete with optional “Glory” add-ons like Joselito ham and Iberico.
Utrechtsestraat 6, Amsterdam, Netherlands
A new street food-inspired restaurant by chef/restaurateur Julius Jaspers (Julius Bar & Gril), Happyhappyjoyjoy is influenced by the famous chef’s frequent travels to Asia. The menu is packed with Asian street food dishes, such as duck gyoza, pork bao, pad thai, mussels in XO sauce, bun cha meatballs, and banana fritters. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Bilderdijkstraat 158, Amsterdam, Netherlands
7 Kaagman & Kortekaas
A restaurant named after its owners Giel Kortekaas (chef) and Bram Kaagman (sommelier/maître d’), Kaagman & Kortekaas was one of Amsterdam’s most lauded restaurants in 2015 — but the food doesn’t always live up to its billing. So why include it in this heatmap? Well, the place has a good vibe and the bistronomy–style food is certainly interesting: Think vol-au-vent meets cockscombs and kidneys. Go see for yourself.
St. Nicolaasstraat 43, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Situated on a small, man-made island on the river IJ, some 500 meters from the central station, MOS is owned by executive chef Egon van Hoof, previously the head chef at two-Michelin-starred Aan de Poel in Amstelveen (near Amsterdam). Order from the a la carte menu or go for a four-, five-, or six-course tasting menu that’s contemporary in style, both flavor and make-up. Obviously the direct views of the river IJ are lovely.
IJdok 185, Amsterdam, Netherlands
9 Restaurant Breda
The second Amsterdam venture of Guts & Glory chefs Guillaume de Beer and Freek van Noortwijk (this one with sommelier and co-owner Johanneke van Iwaarden), Breda is a casual fine-dining restaurant offering an attractively priced, frequently-changing tasting menu. Currently featured on the tasting menu are smoked eel skin dashi, beurre noir cauliflower with ham Hollandaise, and hoisin pork belly with spicy beans.
Singel 210, Amsterdam, Netherlands
10 Ron Gastrobar Oriental
The oriental version of chef Ron Blaauw’s popular concept Ron’s Gastrobar, the menu here features a broad selection of pan-Asian dishes, priced at €15 each (just like at Ron’s Gastrobar). Specials, like Peking duck, turbot, or Black Angus beef, start at €55. Don’t leave without ordering the ngau mee boa (oxtail and foie gras buns).
Kerkstraat 23, Amsterdam, Netherlands
11 The French Connection
In this restaurant, housed in the basement of Amsterdam concert hall Odeon, chefs Paul Mercier (formerly of Bridges) and Jef van den Hout (once of the Michelin-starred Bord’eau) serve “tapas a la Francaise.” Think small- to bite-sized versions of tarte flambée, coq au vin, chou farci, or a modern interpretation of pain perdu (made with crab bisque instead of milk).
Singel 460, Amsterdam, Netherlands
12 The Roast Room
The Roast Room is a bar and rotisserie located on the edge of congress centre RAI. On the ground floor is the Roast Bar, serving charcuterie, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and small-sized steaks. Upstairs is the Rotisserie, offering more refined dishes but also large-size, more expensive steaks of different breeds/cuts.
Europaplein 2, Amsterdam, Netherlands
13 Wolf Atelier
The first solo restaurant by chef Michael Wolf, Wolf Atelier is located on the Westerdoksplein, right next to the central station. Wolf previously worked at Sergio Herman’s Oud Sluis in Sluis, Envy in Amsterdam, and Vila Joya in Portugal. At lunch there’s a compact a la carte menu (three courses for €35); at dinner, the menu is more extensive. Also available in the evenings is a test kitchen, 15-course “Work in Progress” menu for €70.
Westerdokplein 20, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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