Best bites in Amsterdam

Here’s a guide to some of the best bites in Amsterdam – enjoy!

DSC_0093 copyWinkel
Apple pie should be on the top of your list of things to eat in Amsterdam and this cute cafe is the best place for it. It’s recommended by the locals, and at the rate that they churn out these pies, it is definitely popular. Although it’s not a looker, it is by far the best apple pie I’ve tried. Crunchy, sugary exterior, perfectly textured sweet apples – it’s a cross between a cake, a crumble and a pie. All-in-one, what more could you want?

IMG_1648 copyTwo For Joy Coffee Roasters
This relaxed, trendy cafe is known to serve the best coffee in Amsterdam – even recommended by a local we met at Winkel.

Zuivere Koffie
A great local place for a brunch, cake and coffee near our Airbnb. Salmon, cream cheese and avocado bagel – you can’t go wrong with this simple combination.

Dutch Homemade
Treat yourself to beautiful chocolates and colourful macarons. The range of unique flavours will make you spoilt for choice. My raspberry macaron had such a great texture flavour.

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Senses Restaurant
Lars Bertelsen at Senses has created a surprise menu concept, so you simply pick 2, 3 or 4 courses and leave it to hands of the very capable chefs. True to the name of the restaurant, each course plays with the senses in terms of taste, colour and texture. Our 3 course meal started with the most intriguing amuse-bouche of liquid beetroot carpaccio encased in white chocolate and dusted with raspberry powder. A delightful burst of juice as you bite into the creamy chocolate, and a strange flavour combination that somehow worked. The starter was my favourite for presentation – the colours and patterns were just spot on! Flavourwise, it was too mild – raw mackerel, tomato, pickled radish, tapioca cracker with squid ink. The main course was rump of lamb with sweet potato pie, crispy pastry filled with harissa lamb neck, aubergine tapenade, basil crumble and onion sauce. A good, rich sauce but the dish needed some bolder flavours – the basil was not evident. The dessert redeemed the meal for flavours, although a bit too much! Strong, citrusy yuzu cremeux with sweet meringue, pandan ice cream, pandan cake, basil sauce, sable biscuit and fried dough. A lot of flavours and textures that didn’t all work together but each element was delicious.
Senses is a great restaurant if you like to be adventurous with your food and it is such good value for the quality of ingredients and execution (€32.50 for the 3 course lunch).

IMG_1661 copyTrattoria Toto
This homely restaurant near Vondelpark and the museums is a little piece of Italy in Amsterdam. Popular with locals and a good choice of pizza, pasta and risotto. The 4 Stagioni pizza was crisp and flavourful, the salmon tagliatelle and octopus pastas were also tasty and served al dente.

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