5 Must Try Non-French restaurants in Paris

France is famous for its gastronomy, and Paris, being its capital, no doubt has some of the best French restaurants in town. However, we understand that one might not be in the mood for cheese and wine, or even their delicious garlic escargot all day, every day. And sometimes, we just desperately crave the exotic food that we’re used to having back home or elsewhere. We know what it’s like, so, we’ve compiled a list of top five non-French restaurants in Paris that serve anything but French food to help you satisfy those exotic cravings.

COOK’N SAJ
This family-run restaurant is like your normal family dining room, but better. The place is warm, spacious and homely, no wonder it fills up almost instantly as it opens its door at noon. The smell of fresh Lebanese and Syrian food is inviting and the whole place is filled with a delicious aroma of their homemade bread straight out of the saj, an oven responsible for all the delicious wraps, and the inspiration for the name for the restaurant.

Cook N Saj meal in Paris
Middle eastern food at its best

The owners are two passionate brothers and the main chef is their mother, which make sense since mothers are the best cooks. Here at COOK’N SAJ, everything is made to order, using the freshest and highest quality produce. Plus, with the supervision and quality control by the head chef, satisfaction is guaranteed. Also, shout out to COOK’N SAJ for using stainless steel straws! We love a good sustainable and responsible kitchen!

Cook n Saj Paris
Pretty drinks at Cook’n Saj

MIKUNA
This one is for not only Peruvian lovers, but also lovers of fine dining. Realising the majority of Peruvian food are enjoyed almost exclusively in the evening, MIKUNA is committed to making this refreshingly delicious cuisine accessible to all, serving fast but carefully crafted ceviches, alongside a variety of hot dishes, straight out of their South American kitchen both for lunch and dinner. Every bit of the place is inviting and radiates happiness, from the menu to its interior design.

COOK’N SAJ
Non-french food cravings?

The owner has clearly planned all of it with such close attention to details. Despite having opened its door three weeks ago, MIKUNA has already gained a steady customer-based. This isn’t a surprise considering how truly wonderful their food is. The menu is refreshingly creative, as the chef adds a Latina twist to the classic French dessert, crafting the most delicious dulce de leche pudding, quinoa au lait. Thanks to MIKUNA, you can enjoy quality Peruvian dishes that one would expect only from fine dining experience without draining your wallet.

Peruvian dishes at Mikuna in Paris
Exotic cravings Peruvian style

21G-DUMPLING
Despite the overwhelming collection of Asian restaurants in Paris, not many, I’d say, is indeed authentic. 21g-Dumpling is here to serve you some proper Chinese and Taiwanese food, with a delicate French twist to it (I know, I said no French, but trust me, this is good!) Located in the 11th arrondissement, 21g-Dumpling is guaranteed to satisfy your cravings, because, who doesn’t love a good Chinese meal?

21G-DUMPLING Paris
Source: 21G Dumpling

RESTAURANT LE MOSQUEE DE PARIS
You can’t leave Paris without visiting the Grand Mosque, which is conveniently located next to the Natural History Museum and the Jardin des Plantes. Not only is it the biggest mosque in Paris, but it has also a beautifully decorated restaurant serving authentic Moroccan and Middle Eastern food. The setting is absolutely stunning and even if you don’t want to commit to a full meal, make sure you grab one of their sweet pastries at the front and get yourself a glass of their mint tea.

RESTAURANT LE MOSQUEE DE PARIS
Feel like you are in another world, only in Paris!

DOSANKO LARMEN
The street behind Palais Royale is packed full of Japanese restaurants. The selection is overwhelming but worry not, Dosanko is the only place you need to go to for the perfect bowl of ramen. A small corner restaurant, you will often find a queue outside this little place and for good reason. The portions are big and the quality superb, Dosanko is definitely one of the most authentic Ramen places in Paris.

DOSANKO LARMEN Paris restaurant

With these five exotic restaurants on your list, I’m sure navigating the non-French food scene in Paris has just gotten much easier, seeing how many options there are in the city! Let us know what you think if you end up visiting any of them!

Love,

Chantelle

*Chantelle is one of our guest editor from Hong Kong. She has lived in three different countries and have travelled across many continents. Having been in England for the past nine years and graduated with a Law degree, she is now taking a break in Paris for the year as she figures out her next step in life. Always passport ready, she is an expert at traveling light and on a budget, although she still enjoys the occasional indulgence in a luxurious holiday. You can follow her on Instagram.

5 x amazing brunch spots in Utrecht

Brunch is hot right now. And we are not complaining! As of recently, Utrecht has seen various brunch-specialised spots popping up around town, and I selflessly volunteered to review them for you. Here are 5 outstanding brunch spots in Utrecht.

Frenchie Cafe
Frenchie is here to cater for a very specific crowd with its rainbow/unicorn and highly instagramable menu, and does a magical job delivering on its promise. It is decadent and it looks magical, unmistakably giving us a treat-yourself feeling.

Frenchie pankes in Utrecht

This brunch spot in Utrecht has the basics covered; egg benedicts, pancakes, avo on toast, smoothie bowls. But when it comes to plating, they turn the volume way up. We couldn’t pay Frenchie a visit without trying out their signature ‘Unicorn Pancakes’ – a rainbow-colored stack, with pink-dyed white chocolate sauce and some fruits for a touch of healthy. We also got tempted by the acai-bowl, for a lighter but just as delicious ride. And finally, because the place really whispers you to treat yourself, we gave in to a side of truffle-parmesan fries, which friends strongly recommended to us.

Cakes at Frenchie Utrecht

Overall review? It is on the pricey side, but if you want to step up your brunch game for, say, a girls brunch date or just because sometimes all we need is rainbow cupcakes, then Frenchie is definitely the wow-factor on this list. www.frenchiecafe.nl

Anna Pancakes
Anna Pancakes is a more relaxed and slightly less bedazzled brunch option, yet the menu and price point is pretty equivalent to above-mentioned Frenchie. Tucked on a side street by Vredenburg square, you will find a little plant-rich oasis contrasting with the surrounding busy shopping streets; Anna Pancakes.

Anna's Pancakes

As you might guess, the menu revolves around pancakes with various toppings, from sweet to savory, with the option to customize it as you please. But as any brunch spot calls for (in my biased opinion), the menu extends to egg dishes (benedict, poached on toast and so on), diverse smoothie bowls or even the magic words that caught my eye; avocado and halloumi on sourdough bread.

Anna Pancake's Brunch spot Utrecht

Similarly to many brunch spots in town, the price isn’t what I would qualify as very budget-friendly, but that halloumi was priceless in my cheese-loving eyes. The pancakes were equally to die for, and the owner made the whole experience a pleasure. Again, maybe more of an occasional destination, but definitely a must-try for the brunch-fanatics in town. www.annapancakes.nl

HOOI
When it comes to cosy, yummy and unpretentious, HOOI holds a special place in my heart. I’m keen to think the reason it kept its “hidden treasure” status as long as it has is that it is slightly off-center. Located on Burgemeester Reigerstraat (in between the center and Wilhelmina Park), this rather small cafe is perfect for a cheeky little brunch or just to chill out for coffee or getting a bit of work done. They also have an outside terrace which is great for sunny days.

Brunch spot Hooi Utrecht

Again, they’ve got your brunch basics. The pancakes don’t have the wow factor some others in town do, but they wow you in their delicious simplicity. Alternatively, you can opt-in for the breakfast plank with croissants, eggs and the likes, or yogurt, granola and fruits, even overnight oats. That’s all a fair brunch game so far, but here’s the twist: Homemade. Scones. And. Jam. This is a brunch battle, but brunch isn’t all HOOI is good at. In fact, they advertise themselves as a “lunchroom”, so they’ll be serving you soups, delicious sandwiches, salads, and they are always creative soup and quiche of the month. To sum it up: if you’re looking for simple and homely, HOOI is worth the little detour and won’t drain your wallet in the process. Give it a go! www.hooiutrecht.nl

Karibu
Don’t even get me started on the venue. Karibu’s dream jungle themed interior is a clear winner on the venue front. And don’t you worry, the food follows up on that dream trend. The menu has got what it takes to please brunch traditionalists and adventurers alike.

Karibu Cafe Utrecht

Yes, they’ve got the basic breakfast plates, eggs, toast, pancakes, granola (all amazing choices by the way). But they also serve some more unusual dishes; shakshuka, huevos rancheros, Vietnamese banh mi and the one menu item that tickled my halloumi-loving taste buds: shouf shouf habibi (grilled halloumi and eggplant, crunchy chickpeas, smashed cucumber, cherry tomatoes, coriander salsa & tahini dressing).

Karibu cafe utrecht

You might have to wait a tad for a table on weekends’ busiest hours, but nothing unreasonable, and trust us when we say it’s worth the hype. When the decor and food is on point, the word spreads fast. www.karibucafe.nl

Loaded
Loaded with flavor, loaded with friendly vibes, loaded in value for money; in short Loaded is my brunch winner, and as a result I just can’t stop going back. Situated in the beginning of Amsterdamsestraatweg (i.e. center-side), this unassuming little spot ticks all the boxes, and usually won’t have you wait to get munching. It’s brunch, in all it’s best forms: eggs benny, avo on toast, smoothie bowls, pancakes… bacon. All absolutely delicious and without breaking the bank. And brunch is only the start of what Loaded’s got coming out of the hat; after 3pm, get the borrel bites coming with their loaded fries, kichmi fries (you read that right), loaded nachos, and other salivating snacks.

Loaded Utrecht
Source: @loadedutrecht

What’s new? Your own beer-tap table, where you get to help yourself to some beer, while munching on aforementioned sharing plates. Disclaimer, we haven’t tried this new addition yet, but we’re dying to. Overall, yes it is mouth-watering foods, from brunch to dinner, and at a decent price. But what really does it for me is the people. Loaded’s staff is the friendliest bunch, always there for a little banter or to help you pick one of the many hot sauces in their collection. But don’t just take my word for it, go get yourself a load of brunch and let us know if you agree. www.loadedutrecht.nl

In conclusion, Utrecht has a lot of amazing brunch spots, we have yet to try them all, but let’s start with these five, shall we?

Hungrily yours,

Mathilde

*Mathilde is one of our guest editors who lives in Utrecht. She was born in Geneva, Switzerland, and currently works in Amsterdam as a Field Marketing Executive. She’s going to keep us updated on what’s happening in Utrecht and it’s surroundings!

15 x Best Terraces In Amsterdam West

The sun is out and so are the people. During the week, people run out of their offices when the clock hits five, trying to find the best spots to enjoy the last sun-rays of the day. So where exactly are those places? Well, as Amsterdam West is my hood, I did a little research and came to the conclusion that these are the best places where you can enjoy the sunlight until it goes down.

Hotel Buiten
Hotel Buiten is not just any hotspot, it’s a creative hub, build from raw and used materials, designed by Lenka Dittrichova. It stared with a few neighbours a few years ago, that wanted to do something with lost space full of weeds and grass. After a temporary set up, they managed to get more people involved and eventually 180 people and businesses helped fund the project. This resulted in a wonderful spot to relax in the sunshine whilst enjoying organic lunch and drinks.


Hotel Buiten

De school
Too cool for school? Well, not this one! Not far from Yumler, you will find this hotspot. Besides being an awesome nightclub with some of the biggest underground DJ’s, it’s also the house of a wonderful restaurant, cafe and gym with a large terrace! www.deschoolamsterdam.nl

Bar Kosta
If you live in Amsterdam, and you’ve been around the Overtoom, you must have seen the large terrace on the corner of Surinameplein. It used to be Café Ter Brugge, but it has completely changed it’s look, menu and name. Bar Kosta is just in time for the sunny weather this weekend! For all the pics and the menu details click here.

Bar Kosta Amsterdam
Plenty of space at Bar Kosta

Cafe Zurich
Probably one of my favorite terraces in Amsterdam West! It’s large and wide with many seats available. The service is good and the drinks are cold. Just what you need when the sun is out. Read more about Zurich here.

Cafe Zurich terrace Amsterdam
Part of Zurich’s large terrace Source

Frits
Across Zurich you will find bar Frits on the same square they call “Mecatorplein”. They serve a large range of beers so it’s always buzzing until the sun goes down and that’s when people go inside the bar. www.frits-amsterdam.nl

Bureau
Opened last year, this is rooftop heaven. You must visit Bureau if you haven’t been! Enjoy the garden, chickens and sunshine. It’s probably one of our favorite terraces in Amsterdam West. For more pictures and impressions, check our article.


Sunset at Bureau

Oslo Beers
Good news because Oslo Beers is open again and right in time for summer! They coped with a big fire 15 months ago but managed to build a brand new and better Oslo which resulted in a wonderful Oslo Beers 3.0. There is a nice outside seating space outside next to the bridge of Surinameplein with sunshine up until about 3pm. On the menu there are speciality beers and simple but tasty breakfast and lunch. www.oslobeers.nl

Oslo beers Amsterdam West

Corner Bakery
A bit tucked away in between the World Fashion Center and an apartment complex, but it’s the perfect terrace for after work drinks or your afternoon coffee in the sun. The corner Bakery can be quite busy during the weekends so be early if you want to enjoy brunch in the sunshine. More info about this Instagrammable spot here.


The Corner Bakery West

De Bakkerswinkel
Great coffee, and tasty scones! We love this place right at the entrance of Westerpark. Oh, and the outside area at the back of the Bakkerswinkel is pretty good too. Nothing fancy but great for friends and people with babies. www.debakkerswinkel.nl

Mossel & Gin
Oysters and Gin are a great combination and you can get the best over at Mossel & Gin. Drink cocktails and eat until the sun goes down. Right on the Westergas area, this cozy terrace is great for catching up with friends! www.mosselengin.nl

mossel en Gin Amsterdam
Mossel & Gin Source

Westergasterras
Also on the Westergas, you will find this extremely large terrace that is partly covered and there is an open lounge area where you want to sit for days, looking over the water. They have just restyled so have a look!  www.westergasterras.nl

Best terraces Amsterdam West

Bar kantoor
The building dates back from 1885, and was used as an office and assistant engineer’s house of the original Westergasfabriek. As an ode to the former destination and to keep it’s authenticity,  they named the location “Bar Kantoor” – meaning Office in Dutch. Every detail in Bar Kantoor has been carefully thought of. The menu, the accessories and the cool ceiling painting. (check it out!) When I entered, they were still painting and working on the outside terrace.  About that terrace..it’s located at the perfect spot and with Pacific and Westergasterras always full, this new terrace, that has space for 150 people, is more than welcome! More info about Bar kantoor here.

Conscious Hotel Westerpark

Cedars
Not many people have heard of this restaurant because it’s situated below the A10 highway and the road that leads to Hoofddorpplein. It has some of the best outside seating in Amsterdam West, believe me. It’s overlooking the water and you can order some tasty Lebanese bites. Service can be a bit slow but if you don’t mind that, you will love it! www.cedars.nl

Cedars Amsterdam
The hidden spot, Cedars. Source

Floor17
On top of the Armada hotel, it’s the highest outdoor terraces in Amsterdam West. Drink cocktails, enjoy tunes and stay for dinner! www.floor17.nl

Brandstof
If you want to enjoy the good looking people of Amsterdam, you should go here for a beer. For the girls, there is a fire station next door (read: cute firemen watching all day!) www.bar-brandstof.nl

Cafe Brandstof Amsterdam terrace

Plenty of choice we think! Enjoy the sun y’all!

Love,

Wander-Lust

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Eat My Trip is the Instagram foodie dream of Barcelona

Welcome in the wonder world of cotton candy clouds, unicorn smoothie bowls and pink lattes in skull cups. Eat My Trip is the place sweet dreams are made and after reading this article you surely won’t disagree. If somebody knows how a good dream should look, taste and feel like, it’s Genia Sukhacheva, the founder of Eat My Trip. She dreamed big and worked hard to make her dream reality: in the summer of 2018 she opened the doors to this second dimension restaurant in Eixample, Barcelona.

The new unicorn on the block
Eat My Trip literally takes you on a trip to another dimension, but the name has more to it. The menu is inspired by Genia’s trip around the world before she started the restaurant. You can find your favourite classics on the menu levelled-up with an exotic twist. For example, eggs benedict  with curry sauce inspired by Thailand, French toast with a cloud of passion fruit infused cotton candy and pancakes Mexican style with guacamole, black beans and corn. Big plus: they only use organic and ecological ingredients and have many vegan options on their menu.

Eat My Trip is a great place for breakfast and brunch

eat my trip

So how does it taste?
The menu offers options for every type of hunger and healthiness level. I love what Genia did with the savoury dishes, offering the classics but with a travel inspired touch. The combinations are great (curry sauce + eggs benefict = winning), unfortunately the exotic touch was fairly modest in the dishes we tried. Because it’s such a great idea, it could be exploited a bit more in my opinion.
On the sweet side of life, Eat My Trip is writing history. Genia managed to create one-of-a-kind sugar rush dishes that are as good for the eye as for the mouth. The presentation forces people passing by to stop and stare and will make you feel bad for even wanting to eat it. Honestly. I had to be stopped taking photo’s of my plate because it was already turning cold.

Milkshake

Everything on the menu is beautifully presented, but for the absolute wow-effect you should at least order the Tostada Francesa (vg). A soft brioche soaked in cream of passion fruit, house made marshmallows and a cloud of peach infused cotton candy. Top it off with a blue Matcha or Barbie latte and a “wow-face” is guaranteed. If you’re not convinced yet, take a look at their Instagram account and start the drooling in 3,2,1…

eat my trip coffee

Feeling the pressure from bikini season around the corner? No worries, Eat My trip offers healthy dishes as well, for example smoothie bowls and veggie dishes. But I have to put out a warning; you probably get seduced by the mouth-watering cakes at the counter anyways.

Who doesn’t want to drink out of a skull cup and eat French toast with a freaking sugar cloud on it?

The atmosphere
The restaurant looks as creative as the dishes, which isn’t a surprise when you realise that Genia also build the whole interior herself (Girl, what can’t you do?!). The restaurant has a homey feeling; blue walls, floral mural prints and surf-hut-like wooden chairs and floor. The chalkboard above the counter exposes all the food goodness and the restaurant is full with “Alice in Wonderland style” accessories to keep you busy while waiting for your order. Although the decorations of the dishes are complex and extraordinary, the overall vibe in the restaurant is super easy going.
We visited on a Saturday and it wasn’t hard to find a table, which is quite unique in Barcelona. However, I have the feeling this is going the change soon once Barcelona’s tourists guides pick up on this little piece of sugar heaven. 

eat my trip lunch

My verdict: Definitely a must visit if you either live in Barcelona or just on a city trip. The food is a guaranty for a fun afternoon; taste-wise and because of colour explosions and original combinations. I very much respect what Genia has created and creativity like this should be rewarded (by a visit from you).

P.S.: The blue tables outside are great for soaking up the midday sun and Instagram worthy food pictures (just saying).

Eat My Trip
Carrer del Consell de Cent,378
Website / Instagram

Love,

Eva

*Eva is one of our guest bloggers from Amsterdam. She’s a city girl who only leaves her heels at home when wearing a backpack. Living by the urge to be where she’s not, to explore, experience, fall and get up. You can follow her on Instagram.

 

 

Full Moon Garden brings their Dim Sum to Amsterdam

If you have Asian roots like me, you know that “Asian” brunch is a thing. Eating with family & friends is very important and the Chinese understand this more than anyone. It’s no surprise that they invented Dim Sum, small bite-sized portions of food served in small steamer baskets or on a small plate, that is served with a hot pot of jasmine tea. You can imagine how happy I was to hear that the traditional dim sum restaurant Full Moon Garden opened in Amsterdam this week.

Full Moon Garden
It all started in Hong Kong back in the 90’s. Mr Kwok opened his first restaurant in the city that is considered to be the birthplace of dim sum. After a few years he and his family decided to start a new life in The Netherlands and in 2011 they opened their first Full Moon Garden restaurant  in the city of Den Haag, where Full Moon Garden has become somewhat of a household name. With the success they manage to open 2 more Full Moon Garden restaurants in Den Haag, but it is the first time that they open one in Amsterdam.

Full moon garden amsterdam
Full Moon Garden is located on the Leidsestraat 

The Menu
Do you have a couple of hours? There are two menu’s; one dim sum menu, and one dinner menu. On both menu’s you will be able to find all the traditional dishes, as well as some modern style Chinese cuisine. Some of Full Moon’s signature dishes are the Peking Duck, streetfood style Scallion Pancakes, silken tofu, crispy noodles and of course the steamed dumplings.

Dim sum full moon garden

For desert you must try the Mango Pudding that is served in a koi fish shape, symbolising wealth, harmony and happiness.

The dumplings taste exactly like they are suppose to, and if you like veggies, try the Chinese broccoli or eggplant with peppers. Yum!

Dim sum full moon garden Amsterdam

The new restaurant is located in the middle of the Leidsestraat, next to the MacDonalds. A long staircase takes you upstairs where there are seats for about 180 people. The view isn’t bad either, if you like some people watching.

I will definitely come back for some Sunday dim sum with my friends!

Love,

Elke

Full Moon Garden Amsterdam
Leidsestraat 94, Amsterdam
Website / Instagram

Little Plant Pantry | The new Plant-Based wholefoods store in Amsterdam

New spots in town deserve a moment to shine. Especially when it’s a green newbie lead by Irish do-gooders. Let’s say hi to Little Plant Pantry, a plant-based speciality food store and café in Amsterdam city centre, which absolutely is worth a visit.

The story behind: bye bye plastic
A couple of weeks ago Little Plant Pantry had their soft opening. Without too much fanfare and fuss. Just to warm up, see how the shop operates and what needs to be fine-tuned. A very appealing place with an almost zero plastic policy. Let’s say 99% (having a fully zero-waste business is more of an aspiration than reality, they discovered). Thereby, they try to minimize waste by selling in bulk and finding compostable alternatives to traditional packaging. Six months ago Maria and Winter had the idea to start their own plant-based, minimal waste bulk wholefoods store. A store with full focus on ethical consumerism and sustainability. A mouthful.

We wanted to turn our lifestyle into a job, engage with more people to have a dialogue and together find better ways of living.

Why not open our store in Amsterdam where a green, sustainable lifestyle is a rising star?’ And so the adventure started.

Little plant pantry bags

Little Plant Pantry store and café
Bit more about their range of different products. From ingredients for a healthy vegan diet, till handcrafted foods, teas, coffees, fruits, veggies, grains, nuts and even a own 100% natural cosmetics line. Don’t expect an overload of different brand labels. It isn’t their intention to be an advertising Valhalla. Main focus lies on the products and their pure stories. One by one made by Little Plant Pantry and other like-minded local artisan producers. Be prepared: There’s a change you get hungry after watching all the colourful products. Have a seat at the back of the store, and enjoy freshly prepared hot food – your granny would make if she was a vegan -, drinks and desserts to satisfy your cravings.

Little Plant Pantry 2

instagram little plant pantry Amsterdam

Little Plant Pantry zeep

To be honest, I’m not the most ‘green’ person you can imagine. Not yet. Doing my best to make little baby steps for a more sustainable lifestyle. Little Plant Pantry is there for diehard vegans till do-gooders and everyone who loves to know more about living a healthy lifestyle. The amazingly kind owners are pleased to help you answer all your questions, I noticed it myself.

Little Plant Pantry oil

At present, Little Plant Pantry is a charming ‘work in progress project.’ But not for long. Sunday the 7th of April they’ve their official launch. And you’re invited! So mark your calendar and discover this new green kid in town.

Love,

Sharmaine

Little Plant Pantry
Bosboom Toussaintstraat 45-H, Amsterdam
Facebook / Instagram

Opening hours:
Tuesday till Saturday 10:00 – 19:00
Sunday: 12:00 – 18:00
Monday: closed

Have you heard of these lesser known vegan spots already?

Norway just opened up the largest underwater restaurant, Under.

The restaurant located at the southern cape of Norway, is submerged halfway into the water, looking like it has tipped over. It will have seats for 100 guests, making Under the largest underwater restaurant to date.

The structure
Under is set 5.50 meter below sea level and designed by Snøhetta, a renowned Norwegian architectural & design firm.“The harsh, rough conditions in Lindesnes, have made it necessary to pay additional attention to the structure itself and the materials used when building it. The structure must be able to withstand enormous natural forces from the sea, changing weather, and powerful winds”,explains Arne Marthinsen.

Under Norway
Source: Under

The Menu
Being located in the North Atlantic in Lindesnes, the restaurant offers locally fresh fish that highlights the wonders of the sea. besides fish and fresh seaweed, they will prepare and serve wild sheep and fresh ingredients that they will get from local farmers. Head chef Nicolai Ellitsgaard says; “My team and I work in close co-operation with local farmers, fishermen, hunters and harvesters to provide the freshest ingredients. In this way, we create flavourful, innovative dishes that reflect our landscape.”

Under menu
Sneak peak of the menu at Under

The drinks menu is also an experience. UNDER’s Sommelier has created a pairing menu to complete the cuisine of chef Nicolai Ellitsgaard. There is a non-alcoholic pairing menu available.

Marine Biology
At Under, there is more than just the dining experience. You get the chance to learn about marine life to complete your experience.

Water view restaurant Under

How to get there
Under is situated between the two cities Kristiansand and Stavanger. Both cities have airports with national and international flights. From there you can travel by car or train, but there are also boat charters available.

Book your table via this link!

Under
Båly, Lindesnes Norway

Website / Instagram

Happy underwater dining,

Wander-Lust

*All photo’s are courtesy of Under

 

 

5 x Korean Food in Amsterdam

I first discovered Korean food in New York about 10 years ago. I don’t even remember what the restaurant was called, but it was out of this world. After a few years an Asian friend of mine introduced me to this secret Korean BBQ spot in the heart of Amsterdam called Yokiyo. It was Korean Food at it’s best. The location was small but intimate, with only seats for about 20 people. But secrets never stay for too long in this city, so before I knew it, magazines picked it up and Yokiyo decided to expanded into Bar Sue in Amsterdam East. Unfortunately their big plan didn’t work out and they are now permanently closed. The end of an era. Luckily, Korean Food has become more popular over the years, and there are a few spots where you can feast on some Korean style dishes. 

Seoul Food
Kinkerstraat 73A

We love this spot because its intimate and has kept the traditional look and feel of a Korean style café. At Seoul food you can order take-out, or join the long table and eat your quick lunch. In the cafe they serve Korean home made warm and cold drinks and they sell Korean snacks, facial masks and K-Pop merchandise. (you know, that crazy popular boyband from South Korea) www.seoulfoodamsterdam.nl

The Bap
Camperstraat 63

This new Korean kid on the block opened up last week and is hopefully here to stay. At the moment they are still collecting valuable feedback form their costumers, so they can offer the best service and quality Korean food. The menu isn’t large but it’s enough to try something different every couple of weeks.Bap means rice and this is what you can certainly find here! Try the Bibimbab, a selection of seasoned vegetables, half cooked fried egg with choice of tofu or beef. They will be open on Mon~Tues & Thurs~Sat between 11.30 and 8pm. www.thebab.company

The Bap Amsterdam
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Miss Korea
Albert Cuypstraat 66-70

If you want to enjoy a Korean BBQ with friends, this is the place to do it. The menu is large, and so is the restaurant. It may not feel so traditional because its an all you can eat restaurant, but you will find many traditional Korean dishes on the menu such at kimchi, but they also serve sushi to attract a wider audience. www.misskorea.nl

Miss Korea
Source: Miss Korea

Hwa Won
Nederhoven 13

Hwa Won is located near Amstel and is described as the most authentic Korean restaurant in and around Amsterdam. Don’t expect a fancy decor or cozy ambiance, people come here to enjoy some great Korean food. They have no website but you can reserve your spot by calling 020 642 3142.

Restaurant Korea
van Boshuizenstraat 207
The name says it all. Here you will find a variety of Korean food. Located near Hwa Won, restaurant Korea has been around since 1983 and is run as a family business. If we have to believe the reviews, you can taste the love and effort that goes into the dishes. Soups, salads, bowls, BBQ and silky tofu, they have it all. www.restaurant-korea.nl

Have fun eating!

Elke

Spiritland London | Where music and food comes togehter

Described on their website as “an early morning to late night celebration of food, drink and music”, there is little else to add that better describes Spiritland, a new venue in London’s Southbank district. Part owned by the team that brought London the popular contemporary British dining hall Canteen, Spiritland is not to be missed. It’s a unique experience that is intimate, inspiring and ideal for any time of the day.

spiritland sign

Food
A breakfast brunch menu, lunch menu and dinner menu all promise sumptuous tastes that are unapologetic twists on classic dishes and for full disclosure this review is based on brunch. If you’re after a spin on the British breakfast staple of porridge try the Brown Rice which is cooked with soy, banana, miso and yuzu caramel. It’s brilliant, achieving the perfect balance of sweet and savoury at the same time. And if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, the Kale Saag Aloo Hash with poached eggs also hits the spot quite nicely. Topped off with cappuccino or Kombucha respectively, it’s little wonder that with combinations like this brunch is the most important meal of the day. 

Menu at Spiritland London

Food at spiritland london

Be sure to come back for lunch, pre-theatre cocktails and a late-night dinner if the opportunities arise – DJs play until 2am.

Brunch at Spiritland
Brunchtime!

Spiritland food

Drink
Let’s leave it at: they have a 110 bottle of wine selection and quite the tempting cocktail menu which makes it rather difficult to leave this plush venue, regardless of the time of day.

Interiors and Experience
In case it hadn’t been obvious by now, music is as equally at the heart of this restaurant as the food. Their debut space in Kings Cross is renowned for their world-class sound system and, given that this new location in the Southbank – underneath the world famous Royal Festival Hall (the performing arts venue) – this is no exception, the speakers are bespoke from Living Voice. A DJ booth plays focal point within the 180-cover restaurant and each bathroom booth even boasts its own sound-system.

Spiritland

interior Spiritland

Spiritland is the kind of place that invites you to soak up the atmosphere, its casual dining at its finest.

Spiritland London

Part Wes Anderson inspired (think 1970s chic executed in a contemporary and inviting way) and designed to embody a recording studio as well as a restaurant (which further emphasises their fascination with music) it’s fitting to think of Spiritland as a homage to music fused with food. You can watch the chefs at work while you browse the menus which offer adventurous, modern tastes from chef Moondo. Maximizing guests acoustic experience, there are subtle nods to recording studios with ceiling pads and sound-proof décor too. And, to further flatter their Royal Festival Hall location, there’s additional nods captured within the interior such as the theatrical velvet curtains. Album playback sessions, artist talks, and guest DJs are all a part of the schedule of events and I’d recommend that you look them up in advanced as they’re not to be missed.

In the wildly-impossible possibility that you’re still hungry and fancy a breath of fresh air, a food market is on the door step, offering every-imagining of food and drink and dessert too.

Spiritland
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London
Underground Station: Waterloo, Northern Line 
Brunch can cost from £25 for one course and a coffee for two people.
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The Meets Amsterdam has opened their second location!

Three years after they started their journey in De Pijp, they proudly popped up a second one in Amsterdam Eastside. A place for both vega(n) aficionados and meat eaters. How great if you can mix the tasty with the healthy? The Meets in Amsterdam has proven that added sugars and additives are somewhat of the past.

The Meets’ 80/20 rule
Meet the new little brother of The Meets De Pijp in a side street by the lively Javastraat. As their neighbour behind I can tell you this is exactly what we Eastsiders needed. Something totally different. The Meets likes to follow their 80/20 rule: 80% plant-based, 20% fish, meat, diary, and above all 100% finger lickin’ good. A perfect way to pamper the vegans, fish ánd meat fans, genius. Treating yourself doesn’t mean lots of needless E numbers, greasy dishes and very few nutrients. For the latter it’s maybe even a great culinary escapade to switch to the plant-based treats, and discover whole new taste variations. It’s worth the try!

Juice at the Meets

Homemade and free from bullshit
Back to their concept: all their dishes are homemade from locally sourced, honest and, if possible, organic ingredients and free from refined sugars and other nasties. So, no I-can-dream-the-menu with eggs Benedict’s, grilled sandwiches and bombastic burgers. The Meets has put together lots of mouthwatering, out-of-the-box green creations, like the Pad Thai, Mexican veggie burger and the avocado sweet potato wrap. Culinary masterpieces both for your eyes and taste buds. And If you’ve got some room left, you definitely have to say ‘YES’ to one of their desserts. All your sweet craves will be saturated by the creamy cheesecake, fluffy carrot cake or vegan twix.

The Meets, food
Vegan sushi

On weekdays they’re also open for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Their lunch menu offers a bunch of showstoppers. From Kim-Cheezie toasti till an açai blueberry bowl and an Instagrammable stack of spirulina buckweat pancakes. All the wholesome way. Go for a blue latte, funky tea or the veggie bomb ‘Apple on the Edge’ – my fave – and you’ll claim your comfy spot for the rest of the day. This is immediately a nice bridge to the interior (wink)

Blue Latte

pancakes at The Meets
A good reason to drop by at The Meets captured in two shots: the spirulina pancakes and blue latte

Good humoured interior
At entrance mood will be good in a sec by seeing their lush colourful, (inspired by the retro 80’s) interior with loads of super comfy chairs and couches. No hustle or bustle, just relaxed vibes and a very warm place. The creative concept is set by Studio Noun – known from the styling for, for example, Restaurant C and Baut – in collaboration with top illustrator Piet Paris. Thumbs up.

The Meets interior

In case you’d like to end your chaotic workday or start your lazy weekend with a healthy boost, The Meets is your new favourite kid in town. More of this please!

Love,

Sharmaine

The Meets Eatery
Sumatrastraat 28 – 30, Amsterdam
Opening hours: Mondays till Fridays 17:30 – 23:00
Saturdays and Sundays: 9:30 – 23:00
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*Sharmaine is one of our guest bloggers from the Netherlands with a sweet tooth. The sweeter, the better! She no kitchen princess so she’s always in search for the best hotspots in Amsterdam! You can expect an article from her once a month! Check her out on Instagram!