Spang Makandra

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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).

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Cannibale Royale

This restaurant is great if you meet guests who arrive in Amsterdam on the last flight. Located in the Handboogstraat, its next to bar Disco Dolly and Bloemenbar and  the famous coffeeshop Dampkring. So you can grab something tasty to eat with your guests, hit the bar for some dancing and finish your night off with a special space cake!

Their kitchen closes at 3am on the weekends and 2am during the week. The menu contains burgers, steaks and even nachos. The ribs are highly recommended. Definately worth checking out if you are not in the mood for the usual fast food places.

cannibale royale menu

cannibale royale

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Cafe van Kerkwijk

Located very close to Dam square, in the tourist district, I would normally have given this eetcafe a miss. However one night, I wanted to have a late dinner with  my girl friends and we decided to try it. There are no reservations and you have to wait at the bar for a table. The waiter was really friendly and because there is no menu, he explained the different dishes to us. I suggest the beef  steak on goat cheese with strawberry sauce. I know it sounds strange, but the combination of flavours is delicious and you should definately try it. The lamb shank is also really good.  If the restaurant is full, you can always go up the street a few doors down to the posh Bubbles and Wine to enjoy a pre-dinner drink. The street also has the Bierfabriek which serves delicious grilled chicken and beer to lots of young tourists. On the Rokin side, you can find bars Italia and Tara which are usually filled with expats and are nice places to start your night out.

 

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Yokiyo

yokiyo

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.

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Fa. Speijkervet

fa. speijkervet

I live around the corner from this restaurant and despite its unassuming exterior, it has been my best culinary discovery in Amsterdam. The menu specializes in a nose-to-tail philosophy which made my carnivore boyfriend very happy indeed.  The exceptional quality of the dishes and the extensive wine list,  make this restaurant a place you would bring someone to impress.

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Bella Storia

bella storia

Due to the sheer numbers of tourists in Amsterdam, there are plenty of really bad Italian restaurants and until recently, going out for  a pizza or pasta was an expensive and unsatisfying experience. Then by completely random luck we discovered Bella Storia. On a rainy and cold Friday night and without a reservation, the owner welcomed our group of 6 hungry expats. Bella Storia is a cozy trattoria in Westerpark and the food is amazing. Don’t miss the antipasto Rustico, creamy buffalo mozzarella, home-made ravioli with truffle sauce, casarecce with wild pig and for dessert, the mouth watering white chocolate mousse with limoncello. During the weekend, you definately need to make a reservation and the location is a bit outside the centre close to Westerpark but I think it is worth it to try this place. For the friendly atmosphere and tasty food, its one of the better options for southern  Italian food in Amsterdam.

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