5 x places to eat this month
This month’s selection includes a brunch boat, a leafy autumn terrace restaurant and one of Amsterdam’s most classic afternoon teas.
The new one:
Naval references abound at the recently-opened Marineterrein, a former shipyard where the foundations of Holland’s success as a seafaring nation were laid. The restaurant is named for a 17th-century innovation that allowed ships to sail over shallows, invented by a city carpenter on the spot. Run by the people behind renowned Rijsel Rotisserie and the former chef of foodie-favourite Marius, expect the same excellent yet informal service, but olive oil, raw preparations and plenty of veg instead of butter-based French-Flemish fare. Considering the setting, once the home base from which trails were blazed to far-flung places, the menu is suitably international and, like the white-on-white dining room with its open kitchen, light, and frill-free.
Kattenburgerstraat 7, Building 24
The critic’s choice
This unexpectedly rustic refuge off busy Wibautstraat is ideal for cosy candlelit dinners, or chewing the cud on rainy autumn afternoons on leather couches by a copper fireplace. A leafy terrace with rough-hewn wooden tables and bench seating – perfect for urban picnics or beer and bitterballen-fueled get-togethers – wraps around the monumental farmstead, originally constructed in 1702. Where dairy cows once sheltered, there’s a handsomely renovated restaurant with locavore leanings. A recent meal included scallops with cockles, katenspek (a local bacon variety), yellow carrot puree and herb salad (€9,50) and slow-cooked lamb shanks with couscous, tangled spinach and tzatziki (€18,50).
The quick & simple one
LA LOTTA PIZZABAR
La Lotta’s stand-out crisp-chewy pizza crust is made with whole grain flour and a ‘decades old mother starter’, combining the ‘best of the Neapolitan and Romanesque styles’ (from €9,00). This artisan approach has won the pizza bar a slew of awards, including ‘best pizza in the Netherlands 2016’ at the largest Dutch hospitality trade fair.
The classic one
THE GRAND AFTERNOON TEA
The Grand hotel is home to one of Amsterdam’s most classic afternoon teas, which can be enjoyed in a serene courtyard garden – weather permitting. Delicacies such as crostini with smoked eel and basil cream, poached egg with caviar and crème fraîche and scones with jam, lemon curd and Devonshire clotted cream are served on elegant etagères with a selection of Newby teas. We particularly enjoyed the French pastry plate with Opéra cake, strawberry-rhubarb crumble and la religieuse – choux pastry berry bombs – a subtle nod perhaps to the building’s beginnings as a 15th-century convent.
The trendy one
G’s BRUNCH BOAT
Can’t quite decide between a canal boat tour and a leisurely brunch? Here’s your chance to combine them. Enjoy G’s classics while cruising the canals: the highly recommended oyster-topped Bloody Mary with a ‘bagel BLT’, banana-bacon waffles with cinnamon and maple syrup or a ‘healthy benedict’ – cottage cheese, avocado, spinach, poached eggs and a hint of Hollandaise sauce on spelt toast.