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Dutch Food in Amsterdam

Food at Greetje

Dutch Food in Amsterdam

This post is a work in progress, there are a number of restaurants that I still have to try and add to it but here is what I have so far!

Fancy dining (I mean the food, in Amsterdam there is no need to dress for dinner) – Greetje

For Cafe style Dutch fare – Tomaz

Greetje

Food at Greetje

Braised fillet of veal with soaked currants and raisins, its own gravy, grilled winter carrot and grated potatoes with chestnut

Greetje is a lovely small high-quality restaurant that serves a wide selection of interesting Dutch food… The Dutch in the Golden Age had an amazingly rich and varied cuisine and took their feasting extremely seriously. Greetje does justice to that old tradition so, move over pea and ham soup and basic stamppot, hutspot with a meatball, below is a dip into the menu to tempt you. The menu changes seasonally so on my visit a few nights ago I had braised veal steak, a friend had truffle infused pork, and another excellent main course was a combo of confit of duck leg with a smoked duck breast.

I’ve been back to Greetje on many occasoins and there is a stater that is really historic. It’s a toasted sandwich. That sounds rather ordinary but it is a toasted sandwich of Frisian sugar bread with home-style duck liver pâté and homemade apple syrup. The duck liver tastes like fois gras, the dish is rich but absolutely delicious.

Other offerings on the menu are:

Grilled veal loin of ‘Waterland Wealth’ with a mash of potatoes and endive with melted duck liver

Roasted fillets of red mullet with white wine sauce, fried beetroot, a salad of chicory and oven roasted Opperdoezer Rounds(potatoes)

Dutch lamb chops with gravy and heather honey, ‘lamb ears’in Zeeland manner(vegetables from the sea) and potato pie with rosemary

Crème brûlée with extract of licorice with black licorice ice cream

Greetje’s homemade vanilla custard with yogurt ice cream, strawberry sauce

See what I mean?  When I dined here I pushed the boat out and went for the big tasting menu where you get a sample of each starter and each dessert with one main course in the middle.  The tasting menu with the extra option on the starter cost 54 euros per person but you get a lot of food and a huge array of flavors and can definitely say you tried a lot of varied Dutch cuisine.

Open daily 6pm to 10pm and on Saturday 6pm to 11pm

Tel  +31 (0) 20 – 77 97 450

Greetje is just on the edge of the old center on the quieter side and a beautiful area to wander through on the way to dinner

Tomaz

Food at Tomaz

Tomaz serves good old fashioned Dutch food like Stamppot but jazzed up a bit resulting in a rich mix of flavors, including modern twists like added sun dried tomatoes which I loved. We were both more than happy with the Hachee though, which is a rich Dutch stew served with red cabbage and potato, see both dishes pictured above.

We opted for the ham starter just because we are both a bit squeamish about herring and smoked mackerel. The table next to us ordered the fish starter which featured the 2 just mentioned as well as a mound of mash with cockles embedded.  It looked delicious actually.

They have an excellent selection of local beers too, from De Prael Brewery as well as Brouwerij ‘t IJ.  I feel a flush of joy when I walk into a restaurant and see these beauties on the drinks card.  There is also a very respectable array of Dutch liquors, various Jenevers, and Corenwijn so you can really go the whole way with the Dutch experience!

In summer there are tables outside within view of the ancient side entrance to the Begijnhof.  Inside is snug and welcoming, check out their 360 views of the place on their website.

It is really homely inside and they have free wifi and board games and welcome people for just a drink and a snack.They are open for lunch and dinner daily.  Try your luck and turn up or call them on 020 – 320 6489 to book a table.

Other places I’ve Heard Are Great

Floreyn – Very highly recommended by food bloggers

Moeders – traditional food like mother used to make. Bring a photo of your mum and add it to their wall.

Sonneveld – Quick cheap Dutch classics in the Jordaan