Surinam cuisine is actually quite similiar to the South African Indian style of cooking. There are differences of course in the use of spices and the addition of green beans to a lighter spiced curry. This eetcafe is a good lunch option if you want delicious and inexpensive soulfood. Its finger licking good stuff. Trust me 😉
My friend Rafael told me about this amazing Surinamese- Javanese restaurant in De Pijp back in 2010. Amsterdam is a melting pot of different cultures and I was curious about this kind of cuisine. We tried unsuccessfully to get a table one night for dinner but it was full. I finally made it one night after yoga class with my friend Helena . The restaurant is tiny and the tables are so close that its easy to brush against other diners. With an unassuming exterior, its not trying to lure tourists and their trip advisor reviews.We had the best Saoto soup there. The chicken with roti is also really tasty with such a wonderful blend of spices and heat. It really reminded me of home. I cannot recommend this place enough and I love bringing friends there. They don’t take reservations so go early if you want to secure a spot. There are also two other locations in Amsterdam Oost and Amsterdam West( Osdorp).
Everyone knows that the best Ramen in the Benelux can be found in Dusseldorf. Our friends Rita and Nuno told us about this little lunch spot located on the third level of the Chinese supermarket in Zeedijk and is a great place to enjoy a bowl of Ramen in Amsterdam. Its usually open from Wednesday to Sunday 12:30 to 17:00.They are changing the location and will re open in September on Elandsgracht so check the website for updates.
What makes this place great is that unless you look out for it, its easy to miss completely. This little wooden hut on the Nassaukade between Westerpark and the Jordaan has just enough room for the Thai owner and his helper to prepare delicious Thai dishes on their little stove and rice cooker. Its really good quality and I recommend stopping by for a couple of take away dishes for home or to enjoy in nearby Westerpark. They also do deliveries.
I used to live around the corner from this spacious eetcafe with it’s beautiful high ceilings. Walking past a few times, I always noticed it was always full of people inside enjoying the food. Turns out that its a trendy bar and a Thai restaurant too. You can see the Thai kitchen staff preparing the dishes and the food is quite good. I recommend the Tom Kha Khai soup , the spicy Pad Bhaai Kraa Prauw and the Beef Pad Thai.
This Korean BBQ restaurant is simply awesome . In Amsterdam its difficult to satisfy your craving for great quality meat. That’s why Yokiyo stands out as an amazing place to enjoy succulently marinated meat. You need at least 4 people to reserve a grill table so you can grill the meat yourself, but be warned, your hair and clothes will smell of the marinade and smoke afterwards. This restaurant is great place to enjoy with friends.