There’s a new school of Dutch Masters in Amsterdam — its chefs. Art can be found on the plate throughout the city, whether it’s an intimate wine bar, homage to Asian cuisine, or artfully composed local favourites like herring with a contemporary spin. Here are some Amsterdam restaurants you won’t want to miss on your next trip.
From the most open of kitchens possible, admire the handiwork of chefs who dance around each other in a culinary grand pas de deux. Opt for a three, four or five-course menu (the three comes with a complimentary glass of bubbly) and sit back as the entertainment arrives in the way of dishes such as cream of carrot soup with pumpkin and tarragon, pigeon with barbecued beetroot and chanterelles, and mains like venison, with green cabbage, celery, blueberries, pistachio, and cardamom. The menu changes frequently depending on what’s local and in season, but the beer list always skews regional — make it a point to pregame in the lounge for a canal view.
Back in the Dutch Golden Age of sailing, commerce between the Netherlands and Indonesia was voracious, and today, the culinary ties still linger with the rijsttafel (“rice table”), a sort of prix-fixe Indonesian tapas smorgasbord. You’ll want to fast before gearing up for a fast-paced rotation of savoury satays, spicy chutneys, and banana-leaf steamed fish … along with rice, of course!Continue Reading