Finding decent fish & chips in Amsterdam
As a Brit living in Amsterdam, one thing that I miss, nay CRAVE from time to time is a good old chippy tea. Yes it’s true that Amsterdam has a brilliant culinary scene that caters for every whim and food fad, taking influence from all over the world. You’ll find virtually every food you could ever desire somewhere in Amsterdam. But a nice fish & chip supper? Not always so easy to come by. And before you say it, kibbeling is not the same.
Thankfully, 2016 has been a good year so far for fish & chips in Amsterdam, with the British staple taking the city by storm; mushy peas an’ all. So if like me you’re crying out for a good old fish supper in Amsterdam, here are a few places you need to try right now:
Born in early 2016 in the back of Kinkerstraat cocktail bar Scrapyard and now so successful that it’s moved to larger premises (watch this space), The Chippy is the brainchild of award winning UK chef Justin Brown. Opened to a sigh of relief from fish & chip lovers all over Amsterdam, The Chippy serves proper battered cod, chunky chips and all the trimmings; mushy peas, proper tartare sauce, curry sauce, gravy and homemade pickled eggs. You can even get scraps (leftover bits of batter) when the chef is feeling generous. For dessert there’s the old Glasgow staple: battered Mars Bar.
The Chippy, Amsterdam
De Gouden Hoek
Located a stone’s throw from Westerpark, De Gouden Hoek is a relaxed fish restaurant with a nice mix of Dutch and British style fish and chips a strong focus on quality produce. The décor combines white tiled walls reminiscent of your local chippy with some fancier touches, and a wonderful rotating menu board highlighting the daily catch. You can choose which batter you’d like your fillet coated in (options are beer batter, pancake batter or tempura) and have it served with a choice of accompaniments including mushy peas and a helmgrass mayo that’s a bit like tartare sauce only a bit posher.
De Gouden Hoek, Van Limburg Stirumstraat 10A, 1051 BE Amsterdam
This new fish & chips restaurant in the Eastern Docklands area of Amsterdam is the latest in the recent influx of Amsterdam chippies. Beet, which means ‘bite’ in Dutch, combines a takeaway counter and sit-in restaurant, so if you’d prefer to pick up your fish supper and take it home with you then that’s fine too. Expect battered fish, chunky chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce all served up on traditional newspaper.
Beet Visbar, Dapperstraat 26, Amsterdam
The Seafood Bar
With three locations in Amsterdam (one in the centre and one in Oud Zuid near Vondelpark), The Seafood Bar is a rather lovely seafood restaurant serving up all manner of fishy dishes in bright and airy surroundings. There’s plenty to choose from but there’s only one section of the menu that interests us today (or any other day) and that’s the bit about fish & chips. The Seafood Bar keep their chippy tea offering simple and streamlined – with just one battered fish fillet served with fries and tartare sauce. A bit more of a refined take on the British staple here; but definitely worth trying if you find yourself craving some battered cod whilst out and about in Amsterdam – and it gives you a great opportunity to practice your ‘seafood diet’ joke on the waiters. Seriously, they LOVE it.
The Seafood Bar, Spui 15 / Van Baerlestraat 5 / Ferdinand Bolstraat 32