So as you may have seen from my previous blog post, due to Joel's coffee obsession there were many trips to various coffee shops during our time in Amsterdam. But just as Joel loves coffee, I LOVE FOOD so of course we had to try out various food 'hotspots' (as our hotel called them). Despite going to a number of restaurants over the four days we were there, only three really stood out for me so these are the ones you can read about below. If you (like I was) have been planning a trip to Amsterdam for years then make sure you add some of these restaurants to your itinerary, You won't be disappointed.
Overview: Whether your looking for brunch, lunch or dinner Lotti's in the Hoxton Amsterdam has you covered. Situated right next to the Herengracht canal it is an ideal location to stop for a bite to eat when you're out and about exploring central Amsterdam. This is the Hoxton's first hotel outside of London, and it attracts similar crowds (If you imagined the hipster type nursing flat whites by day and IPAs (that’s fancy beers to me and you) by night whilst tapping away on their MacBook Airs then you’ve pretty much hit the nail on the head)). If you're looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the tourist littered canals, then make your way to Lotti's where you will be greeted by an array of locals.
Food: There is a simple no-fuss menu, serving things from breakfast brunch to fish and chips. However, if you are aiming to experience some real Dutch goodness this is not the place, as there are no Dutch twists on the menu!
If you are like me and LOVE to see the menu before you go somewhere, just so you can picture what you are going to eat (just me?) then click here. MENU.
CAFE DE JARDIN
Address: Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20, 1012 CP Amsterdam, Netherlands
Overview: Although Café de Jardins interior does not live up to Lotti's, their location is just so beautiful. Situated right on Kloveniersburgwal (Canal to you and me), this lively restaurant gives you the opportunity to sit out on the canal-side terrace with views across the River Amstelriver (weather permitting). With its great location, high ceilings and natural light flooding in, it's a popular destination for all courses throughout the day.
Food: Their lunch menu consists of an extensive array of foods from soups, to spaghetti bolognaise and even lamb tagine. As well as this they have the option of the salad buffet, where you pay a set price (10 euros) and you can go up as much as you want (It was my sort of salad buffet as well, as it included sweet potato fries WAHOO, can you imagine unlimited sweet potato fries).
Overview: If you are looking for the perfect venue to throw on a LBD and some heels and head for a more fancy dinner then you MUST try the Duchess. As part of the W hotel collection you can insure they have got every last detail perfect. Not only is the entire interior design of the restaurant beautiful, but the atmosphere alone is enough to win you over. The only issue might be the price, with an average main course costing €40. So if you'd rather spend your money on other things then I recommend just going here for a cocktail. As well as the restaurant they have a very glamorous bar positioned at the back of the restaurant where you can sit and feel oh so classy all night (Opening until 2am Thursday-Saturday).
Food: Where do I begin? This was some of the best food I have ever eaten (beef wellington to be precise). The concept at the Duchess is you get a selection of starters and mains and you share (I know I know, I don’t like sharing my food either) but it actually works really well. The waiter's encourage you to get 2-3 starters, 2-3 mains and 2 side dishes between you both. However if like me you MUST have pudding then this is way too much. I would recommend getting 2-3 starters as they really are small, 2 Mains maximum (me and Joel could only finish the beef wellington it was HUGE) along with 2 sides.
Dessert: Dessert needs its own paragraph because it was so amazing. We ordered the chocolate explosion, which when it arrived exceeded my wildest dreams (huge deal as I love chocolate). When the pudding arrives you are given a ginormous chocolate ball (I am talking like a football made of chocolate), the waiter waitress then pours liquid nitrogen on it, causing it to look like something out of 007 and then cracks it on the table. What you are left with is a chocolate explosion featuring: chocolate mouse, chocolate truffles, chocolate brownies, chocolate shortbread, salted caramel flakes, and chocolates chunks. AKA A DREAM (no not Rob Kardashian's new baby, a literal chocolate dream).
If you have ever been to Amsterdam and have food favourites I haven't mentioned I would LOVE to hear all about them because as I mentioned in my previous blog post Joel and I are already planning our next trip back. MY next blog posts feature fun things to do in Amsterdam. If you never thought Amsterdam appealed to you, I hope it does after these three blog posts. I honestly adored it