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Culinary surprises … we really love it. A carefully designed venue, lovingly prepared menus, wine you drink like a precious perfume and a host who’s pleased when his guests are happy … Read more about our culinary travel adventures, also outside the Netherlands? Be welcome at our second home Traveliciouz where we will write in the nearby future about ‘food, art, design and travel’. And about a slow and honest lifestyle.
Restaurant la Vallade at the Ringdijk 23 in the eastern part of Amsterdam is a super romantic spot down the dyke. It’s a kind of old farmhouse. Here you’ll find yourself in a French village, somewhere far away in the midst of farmlands. But actually you’re in busy booming Amsterdam. They serve a 5 course ‘potluck’ no choice menu, or as the Franch say ‘on mange ou on ne mange pas’. The place has been decorated with candles and floral chandeliers in a ‘charming French chaotic way’ so you’ll have relaxed conversations about life right away. In summer you sit outside between flowering Lavender bushes and colourful geraniums. I think we have eaten here 1000 times. The menu consists of 5 courses and costs around 35,50 Euro-and that includes a cheese platter. It’s best to book a table in advance! +31 (0)20-665 20 25.
Balthazar’s Keuken, at the Elandsgracht 108 in Amsterdam is another restaurant where they serve one menu per night (3 courses for 32.50). Here you have as a main course a choice of meat or fish. The appetizer consists of small worldly Mediterranean meze served on a large silver bowl on a stand. It’s always a surprise what comes ‘on the table’. They use a lot of spices and ingredients from southern cuisines. Think of (among other things that we were served last) beetroot tapenade, cooked mussels with fresh dill-cream sauce, nut bread with cream of Parmesan, harissa-cranberry curd, caramelized escargots & silver onion. Anyway, they will always surprise you with their creative culinairy creations. We strongly advice to book on time because they are open from we – sa and almost always fully booked. In fact, they work with two different shifts per night (take the 2nd, then you’ll have a relaxed dinner!). Oh and we love the excellent house wine from the Languedoc for about 17, – a bottle! Book your table +31 (0)20-420 21 14.
De Bakkerswinkel Ok, the Bakkerswinkel (the Bakeryshop) is very popular and they have several affiliates in the country. Do you know Piet Hein Eek, the famous Dutch designer? He is the creator/inventor of demolition wood furniture and created the interiors of de Bakkerswinkel venues. Only to sit here with a latte looking around you is very inspiring. So it’s a good idea to have lunch here on a lazy Sunday afternoon with friends or family! We usually go to the Bakkerswinkel at the Warmoesstraat (number 69) in Amsterdam. Shabby industral furnishings, quirky lamps, wall art, the best bread in the Netherlands, fresh fruit juices, cakes and soups … Oh and try the high tea and make sure you at least taste the homemade jam because that is very much unsurpassed!
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Brasserie Bakboord – This new built venue, at the Veerkade 10 in newtown Almere, is surrounded by water. Here it is always fine! The rustic design interior, overlooking the water (yes, with terraces), the hosts and hostesses who understand their business and the consistent quality of the food … super! Also nice to mention is the fact that most of the people working here know a lot about wine-food combinations.