11x RESTAURANTS IN UTRECHT THAT OFFER FOOD DELIVERY

Your favourite local businesses need your help. And you need to eat. Let’s help each other!

Here are some local restaurants in Utrecht that deliver food at your doorstep. Bon appetit!

FIG

The concept is innovative: gym and restaurant in one. While we really miss their workout sessions, we thankfully don’t have to miss their tasty meals. As of now, FIG offers a dinner rotation with a “dish of the day” to be ordered by 2pm. Add any sides, desserts or drinks from their menu and enjoy it at home. I am impatiently waiting for shakshuka day to be back!

Punk Pizza

Punk Pizza is not only delicious and out-of-the-box pizzas, but they are currently paying it forward by donating 1 euro per pizza ordered to Utrecht’s cultural scene. Cultural establishments and artists are currently facing unprecedented hardship, and if eating pizza can contribute to the cause even so slightly, sign me up.

Gys

Gys is 100% organic and focuses on vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options (yet they have meat dishes too). It’s a perfect healthy choice that has options for anyone quarantined with you. Who wouldn’t want vegetarian kapsalon made healthy for some guilt-free junk food?

Restaurants in Utrecht, home delivery

Life’s a Peach

Talk about baked with love! Life’s a peach is a Focacceria & Design shop ran by food and art-loving owner Vanessa. From savoury focaccia’s, freshly baked bread to donuts and other sweet things, support this talented business owner and treat yourself. Win-win.

Waku Waku

If you are living by a plant-based diet, you sure are not forgotten. Waku Waku ’s popular restaurant on Vredenburg might be temporarily closed but they will bring the goods to you. Pizza, burgers, noodles, salads; all the delicious soul-food made vegan.

Waku Waku Utrecht

ANAN

ANANs Vietnamese food is my go-to for fresh, tangy, bold flavours. Perfect to bring a little variety to your dinner routine. This Asian restaurant in Utrecht offers a wide selection of Vietnamese staples, with plenty of options to cater for vegetarians, vegans, meat-eaters and everyone in between.

Dogma

What about a HOT DOG? Dogma is all about hotdogs in all sorts of funky variations. Mexican toppings, sauerkraut, Japanese-insipred, with a side of truffle fries? Swap any dog of a plant-based sausage or go for a gluten-free bun; mix and match to fit your wildest hot dog dreams.

Dogma Utrecht, deliver food in Utrecht

Spice Monkey

Spice Monkey is a new-comer on the Utrecht restaurant scene, and an unlucky one when it comes to timing. But we all love trying out new places and discovering new menus, don’t we? This is the perfect occasion to explore the emerging culinary scene of Utrecht. Go check out that spicy Bali-inspired goodness and tell us how you like it.

Brunch by Teds

Make your weekends feel special still with some tasty brunch. Teds is one of Utrecht’s busiest spots for brunch, and for once, no need to wait for a table. Order from Teds extensive brunch menu – eggs benedict, granola, pancakes, you name it – and keep weekends feeling like weekends.

Brunch Utrecht delivery

KEEK

Cakes and other sweet deliciousness freshly baked and brought to your door! On days like these, I believe we all deserve to spend some quality one-on-one time with a slice of chocolate tart, a glossy cinnamon bun, or a hearty bowl of soup (they do lunch too). Treat your soul with some KEEK.

Cakes delivered Utrecht

Roberto Gelato

Let’s end with a bit of a wild card. I have been introduced to Roberto Gelato a few months back as the best ice cream in town by an Italian friend (so she knows her gelato). Sadly they then stopped selling gelato for the winter months. But to my delight (and my friend’s) they are now open for business and will bring that iced creamy heaven to you.

Prefer cooking at home? Check out these 5 vegetarian recipes made with non-perishable ingredients!

Is your favourite restaurant in Utrecht offering home delivery and not on the list? Comment down below!

Hungrily yours,

Mathilde

Mathilde is a professional content writer based in Utrecht. To balance out the serious content she produces, she tries to bring a little laughter in the world with her comical animal facts on Instagram @dailymooseletter.

Meneer Potter and NODA open their doors in the Neude Library

Located at ’t Neude in the former Post Office, Utrecht’s newest hotspots has opened the city café Meneer Potter and the food bar and deli NODA.

Meneer Potter and NODA may be located in the same building, but both have a unique and unique character.

Meneer Potter

You will find genuine Utrecht conviviality and a healthy dose of positivity at the Meneer Potter city café. This homely café has open its doors on the 13th of March on the ground floor of the library. A place where all of Utrecht meets. Mister Potter is the neighbour who is always ready with a cup of coffee and a fresh newspaper, who is always up for a short chat and ensures familiar conviviality. From early in the morning until evening, for big, small, student or retired.  Hungry peeps walk in for a sandwich and groups of friends finish the day with a drink and some Spanish pinxtos. The hasty “Utrechter” is also at the right address when it comes to coffee, after all, a coffee to-go is easily made. Meneer Potter is the caretaker of the city and gives the feeling of coming home. Where time passes without realising it.

Studying suddenly becomes a lot more attractive while enjoying a nourishing breakfast and a shot of caffeine.

Meneer Potter Utrecht

NODA

NODA is the beating heart of the library and is located on the second floor of the building. In the middle of the library – surrounded by wise words – you can enjoy the international atmosphere and an amazing view of the Oudegracht all day long. NODA represents an eclectic mix of colours, scents and textures. A nice reference to the diversity of cultures within Utrecht. And that is also clearly reflected on the menu. The extensive menu consists of small worldly dishes that are ideal for sharing. From a lamb tagine to a steaming bowl of Thai tom kha kai, spicy Old Canal Cheese and an Okonomiyaki from Japan – all continents come by. The deli’s sandwiches, wraps and smoothies are ideal for people on the go. NODA has its own entrance on the Oudegracht and will happily continue when the library stops.

Find out about these amazing brunch spots in Utrecht!

NOD Utrecht

For more info check Meneer Potter and NODA online.

Love,

Wander-Lust

Café Cómodo brings latin flavours to Amsterdam!

Café Cómodo has been around for 2 years but we had never tried their food, until now. The café/restaurant has entered into a partnership with a talented, Argentinian chef that has been cooking at a high level for years at the Hyatt in Mendoza. Expect honest dishes, straight from the heart, with a good dose of Argentinian creativity!

Located in Amsterdam Old West district, near the Kinkerstraat, you’ll find Café Cómodo, a cozy looking café where people come to socialise. With their brand new menu and all star chef, they offer South American dishes with a twist!

The new chef at Café Cómodo

Exiting news because Café Cómodo have a brand new chef by the name of Emiliano Gurrera. Originally from Argentina, Emiliano is combining South American cuisine with the inspiration he has gained on his travels. Previously, he has been the appointed chef at the Hyatt Hotel in Mendoza for many years, before moving to Amsterdam.

At Café Cómodo I get the freedom to cook food that makes me happy. My cooking style is a lot easier than before, but I hope the guests will enjoy the taste even more!


Chef Emiliano Gurrera at Café Cómodo

The brand new menu

On the menu are dishes such as Cómodo’s Octopus (baked in breadcrumbs – red pepper jam – pickled beets – fruit vinegar, our favourite!), Sea bass ceviche (marinated in spicy sweet and sour sauce – avocado mousse – roasted corn), Belly Malbec, Tamales de Humita (corn – red pepper – onion – roasted red cabbage), Poulet Noir (chicken marinated in salmuera – lime – spicy sauce), Côte de Boeuf and Brownie (with dulce de leche and coffee crumble). The perfect South American comfort food.

Café Comodo pancakes

Café Comodo salad

Octopus Cafe1 Comodo

Catch up with cocktails

As you may know, Amsterdam is full of tasty hotspots but not all of them offer a place that is nice enough to stay around after the food is finished. At Café Cómodo you can stick around because they offer a lovely cocktail menu, plus I personally like the atmosphere. When you enter, Cómodo looks a lot like a typical café in Amsterdam, but walk ahead and you will find a seating area and the open kitchen.

cocktails

Thank you for inviting us, we will be back!

Café Cómodo
Jan Pieter Heijestraat 110, Amsterdam
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Love,

Elke

Top 10 Asian restaurants in Amsterdam

We can’t deny that Asian food is extremely popular in the Netherlands. Time for a list.

With Chinese, Indonesian, Thai, Japanese and upcoming Korean cuisines, Amsterdam is a melting pot of Asian flavours. We’ve lined up 10 amazing Asian restaurants in Amsterdam that we think you should try.

Bo Nam

Apparently, all the cool people go here. We went and boy, the food and atmosphere was certainly cool enough to keep coming back! Located in the lively district in Amsterdam near Leidse square, it somehow still attracts the locals and hasn’t become a place full of tourists that want to eat quickly and leave. With R&B and Hiphop playing though the speakers, it makes Bo Nam the perfect place to eat, drink and socialize for hours. Even though the food concept is Vietnamese, Bo Nam offers a lot of different flavours on the menu but you can find 5 different spring rolls variations, bao’s, tasty prawns, salads and noodle dishes. 

Asian restaurants in Amsterdam Bo Nam
Source: Bo Nam

Ron Gastrobar Indonesian Downtown, Rokin 49

Firstly, we think this restaurant looks amazing inside. If you want to go all out and leave with an experience of food, ambience and entertainment, you should definitely visit Ron Gastrobar Indonesian Downtown. Honestly, the food isn’t just a pretty sight. It’s well spiced, carefully thought of and defines the Indonesian flavours very well. The wine and cocktail menu is also impressive. We will be back.

Ron Gastrobar Downtown Indonesia

Branie, Ten Katestraat 26

This tiny restaurant is one of Amsterdam’s best kept secrets when it comes to Asian restaurants. So what does Branie stand for? In fact, the name means daredevil, but in a cheeky way. It totally reflects the menu and a-ma-zing cocktails. They serve innovating Indonesian style food such as tea salad, soft shell crab bao and sweet desserts. Come to Branie with friends or a lover. You’ll have a good night.

Branie KFC bucket

Full Moon Garden, Leidsestraat 94

If you say DimSum, we are there in a heartbeat. This was by far the best DimSum we ate in Amsterdam. Relatively new, they invited us in their opening month and we couldn’t stop eating. The dumplings tasted exactly like they are suppose to taste, and if you are vegetarian, try the Chinese broccoli or eggplant with peppers. Yum! Read our full review!

Full Moon Garden Amsterdam

Umani by Han, Ovetoom

Located on the always busy Overtoom in Amsterdam, Umani opened about 3 years ago. This concept was founder by renowned Chinese chef Han Ji. restaurant is large and feels homely with a Asian style bar at the entrance. The open kitchen looks amazing and the Asian accessories and wall art completes the look & feel. They also open during the day for a quick business lunch or à la card meal, but you can also walk in for a coffee or glass of wine. A three course menu costs €27,50 which we think is very reasonable. Read more about Umami by Han.

Best Asian restaurants in Amsterdam, Umami

A-Fusion, Zeedijk 130

This place is Sarah’s favourite Asian restaurant in Amsterdam! It’s a family run restaurant where they serve amazing tasteful dishes from California rolls, steamed oysters and dumplings to beef in black pepper and chicken in curry sauce. It’s a combination of Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Korean dishes. Besides that all the products they use are fresh and there’s a very pleasant up-tempo and excellent service. Reserve your table here.

Kyoto Sushi, Central Station

Go where the locals eat. The advise that is actually true. Good news, because at Kyoto Sushi you will find a lot of Japanese people eating. Even though they offer an all you can eat concept, it surely is the best one we’ve had in this category. Their prawns, good gawd, try them. We usually stop at round 4, but at Kyoto we push till round 5! Add Kyoto to your favourite Asian restaurant list.

Best Asian restaurants, Kyoto Café

Chin Chin Club, Rozengracht 133

Dimsum and karaoke is always a great combination and the owners of the ChinChin Club must have noticed because the Asian trend is growing in Europe. Expect confusion Chinese food, fun cocktails, nostalgic games and late-night dancing. Chin Chin Club is the place where that one last drink turned into one too many. Go here with friends and sing while you eat! 

Restaurant Blauw, Amstelveenseweg 158-160

Surely you want to get fancy now and then. At Restaurant Blauw you can go all out on fancy Indonesian food. If you want, you can also order a la carte but we definitely recommend what restaurant Blauw is famous for. The traditional “rijsttafel” which is translated to rice table, is brought to another level here. Beautiful small plates are set around the table, filled with delicious Indonesian food. restaurantblauw.nl

best Asian restaurants in Amsterdam. Blauw

New King, Zeedijk 115

This list wouldn’t be complete without the infamous New King right? Located in China Town in Amsterdam, it’s a crime if you haven’t tried this Chinese restaurant. Unfortunately, it’s always busy so you must reserve a spot to avoid disappointment at the door. The food portions are large so be wise what to order. newking.nl

All things considered, there are many many more Asian restaurants in Amsterdam, but we can guarantee that these are the ones you will love.

Also, find out where our favourite lunch restaurants are!

Enjoy!

Wander-Lust

LALO & COCO | TWO NEW MEXICAN HOTSPOTS IN AMSTERDAM

This spring, two Mexican hotspots are launching simultaneously on the 24th floor of the iconic NH tower next to the RAI Amsterdam.

LALO Contemporary Mexican Kitchen & Bar and COCO Lounge & Bar will be inspired by the colourful cultural and culinary traditions of Mexico. It will be the latest project by the Entourage Group, who are also behind Mr. Porter, The Duchess and Izakaya.

LALO

Notably, LALO translates the essence of Mexico into an unparalleled dining experience. Sparkling, lively and energetic. And of course, with dishes that will resemble that. In the kitchen & bar, fine dining merges with a sexy lounge, where DJs add flavour to the evening with their beats. Together it creates an energetic atmosphere of drinking, eating and socialising that is revolutionary within Amsterdam. Both concepts cover the entire 24th floor of the tower and therefore have a 360 ° view of the city.

Find out which lunch spots in Amsterdam made it to our top 10!

LALO Mexican restaurant Amsterdam

Globetrotters and local townspeople relax in the leather saddles with woven backrests that are handmade by Mexican artisans.

Interior

Despite the modern architecture of the building, LALO represents the bustling and uncontrolled energy of Central America. The renowned designers of Studio MU Architecture & Design translated the essence of the country into a design full of characteristic materials such as antique iron, rough concrete, lush plants, rustic wood and unique terrazzo. As an illustration, golden and brass elements in the design symbolise historical art objects. But no matter which place guests choose to spend their time, LALO offers fantastic views of Amsterdam everywhere. From the seats directly at the window to the high bar stools, large tables and the intimate booths.

COCO Bar & Lounge

With its energetic lounge atmosphere and colourful dishes, COCO, as a long-awaited sky lounge, gives Amsterdam hospitality a refreshing boost as a long-awaited sky lounge. The lounge & bar menu captures the grand dynamics of Mexico. Small dishes are combined with one of the 100 tequila options or the tropical cocktails full of Mexican and South American influences. COCO looks out over Amsterdam at a staggering 91 meters. In that exciting and cosmopolitan setting, it bustles all day long. From lunch to after work drinks, to an informal dinner with live DJ music.

COCO Amsterdam

In either case, we can’t wait for these two new hotspots to open!

LALO Mexican Kitchen & Bar
COCO Bar & Lounge

Europaboulevard 2b, Amsterdam
Website

Our top 10 favourite lunch spots in Amsterdam

To be fair, there are too many great lunch and brunch possibilities in Amsterdam, but a few standout! 

We’ve handpicked our favourite 10 lunch spots in Amsterdam because they have that extra little thing. More importantly, we have also selected our choices by these important pillars:

  • They serve topnotch food
  • Provide excellent and friendly service
  • Good quality at reasonable prices
  • Great vibe
  • Inspirational or unique design

1. COTTONCAKE, 1e van der Helstraat 76-hs

This Concept store in the Pijp has it all! No need to travel to Paris,  Berlin, Melbourne or New York – Cottoncake brings all influences together in their store and café. They put all their love in fine organic food & smoothies. Besides food & drinks you will find a mix of fashion, design & lifestyle. From lovely handmade jewelries of Mimi et Toi & Monocraft, organic creams of La Bruket, to lovely basic shirts of Samsoe & Samoe and beautiful knits of Sita Murt.. I really fell in love with this concept store; you can sit down and relax, enjoy their organic healthy food and find that special item that you have to try on and you will keep for ever. cottoncake.nl

CottonCake
source: www.cottoncake.nl

2. BAKERS & ROASTERS, Eerste Jacob van Campenstraat 54

Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland are known for their great coffee shops and these two friendly owners of New Zealand & Brasil brought the caffé culture to Amsterdam. This New Zealand style café is a very nice place where they serve fresh fruit salads, healthy juices, hot pies fresh from the oven, eggs, granola and is packed every day and we totally understand why! They do not except reservations, but it’s worth to wait.
Don’t forget to take a coffee, since their crafted coffee is a selection of Roasts from Ozone Coffee. They establish relationships with all their growers, batch roast & dispatch daily to ensure maximum taste & freshness. http://bakersandroasters.com

Lunch spots Amsterdam

3. VINNIES DELI, Haarlemmerstraat 46 | Nieuwezijds Kolk 33

Are you looking for tasty & healthy lunch where they use organic, fair-trade and sustainable products? Then Vinnies Deli is definitely the place to be for you! It’s no surprise this is one of our favourite lunch spots in Amsterdam. It’s a small cozy lunch/coffee room where you can eat your hart out! I have two favorites on the menu: eggplant with buttermilk sauce and pomegranate, and smoked mackerel with grapefruit chutney. But they also serve delicious cakes & coffees. Vinnies Deli is open from 7.30m in the morning and does take a killer take away and delivery. Do you like what you see inside? All the designer furniture is for sale! vinnieshomepage.com

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4. GARTINE, Taksteeg 7

In the hectic city you will find this secret’ place in Amsterdam, Gartine, a cute, cozy and lovely restaurant that is known for it’s high tea! From the garden to your plate: The special thing about Gartine is that they produce vegetables, fruits and herbs from its own garden. Almost all products are produced locally and everything is organic. They serve high quality breakfast, lunch & high tea dishes on flower-printed china plates. You need to make a reservation upfront since they only have 7 tables in total. gartine.nl

gartinesource: www.gartine.nl

5. CANTINA, Joris van Den Berghweg 107

In case you were looking to escape the city, Café Cantina is one of our favourite all time spots in Amsterdam. It’s not close to the city center and you can only reach it by car and bicycle. Therefore it’s never crowded and popular with locals. The organic café is also part of “Het Rijk van de Keizer” which is a location that can be used for weddings, parties and special dinners. You chill in the sundeck on a fatboy, hammock or even sit in an old car wreck. Find a spot in the shade under umbrella’s tucked away in between the trees. Don’t be surprised if you see chickens walking around, this is normal! Read more about this amazing spot.

Favourite lunch spots in Amsterdam, Cantina

6. SLA

If you want to eat something healthy and nutritious and organic, SLA is the place to do it. Currently, they own x locations in Amsterdam and they are still growing. Our favourite location is the one on the Amstelveenseweg because it’s large and next to the famous Vondelpark in Amsterdam. Every season they change their salad options, so you won’t get bored and they have more than 12 choices! It’s also one of our favourite workspots in Amsterdam, and furthermore, they offer free tea refills! ilovesla.com

Lunch spots in Amsterdam, SLA
Source: SLA

7. KARAVAAN, Kwakersplein 2h

To begin with, this place is brand new. It’s large, warm and the staff is extremely friendly which can be rare these days. In terms of people, you will find it all here. Couples, friends, freelancers, you name it. Find out more about this favourite lunch spot in Amsterdam.

Karavaan, lunch spot Amsterdam

8. BENJI’S

One of us has Indonesian roots, so we especially love Benji’s Toko. That being said, all of their locations are magnificent!  Best of all, all locations are full of plants and greenery, making you feel like you are in a tropical location.

Benji's

9. DROVERS DOG, Heemstedestraat 25 | Eerste Atjehstraat 62

This Australian café/restaurant has been around for many years now, but is still popular with locals and visitors till this day. To be fair, their service is excellent and the kitchen produces delicious comfort Aussi style food. In fact, two Australians and a Dutchman set up this great spot. In addition to the fact that a Drover is a well-known dog breed, the name has more to do with what these dogs do. They bring large herds of cattle together in Australia and bringing them together is what is important at  Drovers Dog. It is always cozy and full of friends, couples and families. Everyone who works there speaks English fluently and often with a strong Australian accent. (Oh, how we love it). 

10. BAR LELY, Cornelis Lelyplein 4

It’s one of Elke’s favorite workspots in Amsterdam at the moment, and situated at a brilliant location in Amsterdam West. Bar Restaurant Lely is so much more than just a restaurant next to Lelylaan train station. The restaurant opens at 8am, so early birds can drink a quick coffee and have some simple breakfast such as granola & yoghurt or a croissant. For lunch they serve simple but very tasty options and I must say that the avo on toast with a poached egg. 

Bar Restaurant Lely Amsterdam

Happy eating!

Wander-Lust

KARAVAAN AMSTERDAM | The All Day Food & Drink Spot

They secretly opened last week, but it didn’t happen unnoticed. Karavaan is open for business and we think this one is here to stay.

Situated in Amsterdam West, Karavaan – translated from the Dutch word Caravan, is located on the perfect corner on Kwakersplein. The building – previously occupied by Bar LouLou, was empty for months on end and people wondered what was coming. Ultimately, three experience entrepreneurs (the guys behind Panache, Waterkant and Ebeling) decided to turn it into the ideal place for breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails.

Karavaan Amsterdam interior

Karavaan can be anything you want it to be – the all day hangout, your morning coffee spot, the place for Friday night drinks, a neighbourhood cafe, city oasis, or breakfast club.

Karavaan lounge area

The Menu at Karavaan

For one thing, Karavaan doesn’t want to stick with the same menu. However, you can describe the current menu as a journey across the globe with Mediterranean style food for dinner, European breakfast and a mix between no-nonsense Dutch and International lunch. In other words, the menu is ever changing with boundaries. We tried the pumpkin salad and the bagel with beet and feta cheese, which was fresh and tasty! Additionally, we are especially curious about the dinner menu to say the least.

Karavaan Menu

At Karavaan the evenings are all about food, speciality beers, cocktails and tasty wines!

The Interior

With 3 bars, the total space unfolds into different directions indicated by changes in colours, interior finishes and light objects. The morning breakfast/coffee bar is located at the entrance and has a structure of mirrored light panels hanging above the bar, which can be flipped, changing from ‘Caffeine’ to ‘Cocktail’ Karavaan. This way the venue is suitable for all occasions and Studio Modijefsky designed the interior with this intention. Using earthy colours and patterns, the space feels warm and inviting. Parents, freelancers, friends and couples, Karavaan attracts a wide audience. If you need a located for a party or presentation, you can also do it here.

Karavaan Amsterdam Chairs, table

Drinks & Hangout

To enumerate their all-day-night concept, Karavaan is open until 1AM during weekdays and 3AM in the weekends. Additionally, DJ’s will be playing tunes on Fri, Sat and Sun from 10PM, making it the perfect spot for dinner and drinks with friends or colleagues. And let’s not forget about their massive outside terrace! From this coming March you will be able to soak up that sunshine and we cannot wait.

All in all, we are happy Karavaan has struck down in the city. We think this will be one of Amsterdam’s finest places to be, for a long while at least.

Karavaan
Kwakersplein 2h, Amsterdam
Website

Love,

Elke

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ELLIS GOURMET BURGER AMSTERDAM

It is years ago now, but when I lived in London and I found out that an Ellis Gourmet Burger restaurant was opening near my place, I couldn’t be more thrilled. I’ve been a vegetarian for most of my life, so why do I dig this burger place you ask?

In comparison, Ellis Gourmet Burger is a little different to other burger joints. And in recent years, they’ve made an even bigger transition when it comes to their menu. Surprisingly, vegan and vegetarian dishes are well established on the menu so when Wander-Lust was asked to test the new latest venue in central Amsterdam, we said yes in a heartbeat.

Ellis Gourmet Burger

With restaurants in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam and Breda, Ellis Gourmet Burger is doing something right in the Netherlands. It has been a while since I ate at a burger restaurant, so I invited Sarah to join at their location on the Gravenstraat so we could pick and mix. 

Wander-Lust at Ellis Gourmet Burger

The Menu at Ellis Gourmet Burger

Honestly, everyone can eat here. But oh boy, those sticky flower wings. Basically, these are deliciously disguised cauliflower parts, glazed with sweet sriracha and panko-crumbed. Still licking my fingers as we speak. They are the latest edition on the menu plus they’re 100% vegan!

Vegetarian Burger Ellis Gourmet Burger

For mains you have plenty of choice between 11 burgers, sides and salads. Sarah tried the Quinoa & goat cheese salad (it was January, so healthy orders were made), and I opted for the vegetarian burger. By the way, the buns at Ellis Gourmet Burger are crunchy and not to be compared with the soft dry burger buns you get at Mac D’s. We all have our preferences, but I prefer this. If you still like the taste of meat but you want to save the planet, you can order the revolutionary and sustainable plant-based Beyond burger!

The Interior

It has to be said, this wasn’t my favourite location I’ve seen. However, the location is perfect for visitors, as it’s located right in the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam’s shopping district, near the Dam Square. If you are looking for a more local experience, try their other locations the Prinsengracht or Singel.

All in all, I filled my tummy with some good comfort food!  Vegetarian or not, I can assure you, Ellis surely knows how to serve a tasty burger!

Ellis Gourmet Burger
Gravenstraat 20, Amsterdam
Website

Elke

 

These are the best High Tea spots in Amsterdam

When it’s cold outside, it’s no surprise we start to crave more warmth. What better then to enjoy a hot infusion with a bunch of delicious snacks & bites! We’re talking about High Tea.

You can enjoy it all year round but it’s even more satisfying on a rainy Sunday afternoon with your friends surrounded by sweet pastries and sandwiches. Therefore, Wander-Lust has selected the best high tea spots in Amsterdam.

High Tea Amsterdam

Wanna feel like Alice in Wonderland?

The Duchess

Everything is just wow about this place. Sarah and I enjoyed the opening last year and had not been back until my high tea experience. The beautiful elegant room of velvet interior makes it look like a scene from Alice in Wonderland. Sit warm near the fireplace and enjoy the excellent and well informed staff at the Duchess. Now then, the high tea. They offer a selection of the Coco Chanel of tea’s from French tea house Mariage Frères. This tea is only available at an interior store in Amsterdam on appointment (yes, it’s that exclusive!) Make sure you haven’t had lunch because what you will get is enough for the day! Homemade scones, crab croquettes, french cheese mini quiches and freshly bakes cookies. Oh, and I haven’t even mentioned the macaroons! Wanna feel like Alice? Check out the Tea Room in the Duchess this winter. www.the-duchess.com/the-tea-room

Feeling like Alice at tea room of The Duchess
Feeling like Alice..

Afternoon Tea at Okura Hotel

One of Amsterdam’s finest and most luxurious hotels is finally offering an afternoon tea with a Japanese twist! Honestly, you can’t compare this high tea with any other. Firstly, the different tea’s are served by a Japanese lady dressed in a traditional kimono. The tea selection depends on the season but we were served Green, Jasmine and Darjeeling tea.

High tea served in kimono

For starters, you get a small bowl with a fruity amuse to neutralise your taste buds. If you are vegetarian, no problem! We enjoyed a hot falafel, sushi-no-sushi Temari style and a traditional Japanese egg royale “chawanmushi” with Dutch asparagus. After that, it was time for the sweetness, a whole lot of it! At Okura they bring out a big box filled with coffee macarons, yuzu-thyme Madeleine, chocolate and cookies. The details on the cakes are impressive that you almost don’t want to eat them (spoiler; we did and brought home a doggy bag). Okura’s Afternoon Tea is served every Saturday or Sunday between 3 – 5pm in the lobby from €48,- per person.

Best high tea in Amsterdam. Okura Hotel

Gartine

This tiny but cozy lunchroom is a hidden treasure in Amsterdam. It’s tucked away in between Amsterdam’s busiest shopping districts, the Kalverstraat. If you want to enjoy high tea, you must book in advance because they are always full. (the same applies for lunch!). Everything is homemade and they’ve done it with love. They also support the foundation Adopt a chicken, so all their eggs are organic and they work with products of the Ark van de Smaak/SlowFood. Gartine’s high tea prices vary between €17,50 and €24,74 and is available between 2pm and 5pm.  www.gartine.nl

Café Americain

This café dates back from the 50’s where it used to be a place to meet each other, read newspapers and enjoy the hustle of the Leidsesquare in the center of Amsterdam. Now, many years later, this iconic spot is still used as a meeting place and chitchat, but they have evolved in so much more over the years. For instance, you can enjoy a wonderful High Tea here, complete with veggie soup, sandwiches (try the cheese with truffle mayonaise), and sweets that include mouthwatering macaroons. Their tea is carefully selected Dammann Tea and you can order a warm Tea Cocktail that I can highly recommend! You pay €26,50 per person and you can add bubbles for a €12,50 supplement. Café Americain’s interior will pleasantly surprise you, we love their art deco retro style. (The lights are original Tiffany lamps). www.cafeamericain.nl

Café Americain
Café Americain

Hotel de L’Europe

The So Dutch Afternoon Tea is inspired by the traditional afternoon snacks and Hotel de L’Europe have worked their magic on this 4-course menu. From a beef of almond veggie broth with a simple toasty (that tasted so good!), to croquettes, salmon, eel, and a plateau full of Dutch sweetness. They also include 2 larg gingerbread cookies inspired by the Amsterdam’s traditional architecture. And the view.. priceless! Nice to know; they also accommodate vegetarians, just let them know when you book. I’m vegetarian and I loved it all! This makes Hotel de L’Europe one of the best high tea spots in Amsterdam. You can book this afternoon high tea from Thu – Sun from 1 till 5pm. You can enjoy this high tea from €39,- p.p, or include champagne for €49,- p.p. www.deleurope.com

So Afternoon Tea at Hotel de L'Europe

Conservatorium hotel

Enjoy their Royal Afternoon Tea from 3pm until 5.30pm in the hotel’s brasserie. You can feast on sandwiches, scones and sweets for €42,- per person and if you add a  glass of Veuve Cliquot Brut Champagne you pay €57,-.  If you really want to complete the rest of your day, you can opt for a visit to their amazing Akasha Spa which I enjoyed several times. (they have the best massages evur!) www.conservatoriumhotel.com/brasserielounge

conservatorium-afternoon-high-tea
For royalty

De Bakkerswinkel

Very Dutch and very good! With several locations in Amsterdam and the rest of The Netherlands, De Bakkerswinkel is kind of famous for their high Tea and popular with groups. You have a choice between 4 high tea’s. If you ask me, you should go for the The Late Afternoon Royal with “home made” cakes, pieces of quiche, small sandwiches, fresh fruit a large pot of tea, 3 drinks  (Wine, Orange Juice or soda), cookies and the list goes on. For this one you will only pay €27,50,-! You can also order a tea box that you can enjoy at home. www.debakkerswinkel.nl

De Bakkerswinkel High Tea
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Mozo

Now this is a bit different but worth trying! This Moroccan High Tea is so tasty and brings you to another world. Restaurant Mozo is located in Amsterdam East and serves their high tea in a Moroccan style room where you can enjoy pastries, rgajef kefta pancakes and sweets. This for only €19,50,-!  www.restaurantmozo.nl/hightea

Hight Tea at Mazo Amsterdam
Moroccan high tea

Sofitel Legend Le Grand

This afternoon tea is being served inside the cozy Library ‘Or’ of Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam. The hotel where all the foreign stars sleep, de crème de la crème. This high tea is very traditional and stays true to the English roots where high tea originated from. You can choose between 3 options starting from €37,- that include a glass of champagne. During spring and summer you can enjoy it outside in the courtyard, which is a unique spot in Amsterdam. Check their website for more info. www.bridgesrestaurant.nl/afternoon-tea

Happy Happy Joy Joy

This newcomer is serving a daily Asian High Tea from mid-February. The snacks are served in a bamboo basket, filled with small peking duck bao’s, gyoza, spring rolls, lucky bags and sweets, such as sticky rice, sesame balls, mantao and traditional spekkoek. In addition to the snacks, a pot of  jasmine tea is served for sharing. This Asian High Tea will cost €19,95,- per person and reservations need to be made at least one day in advance. www.happyhappyjoyjoy.asia

Asian High Tea
High Tea at Happy Happy Joy Joy

Love,

Elke

 

WINTERLICHT AT PAMPUS ISLAND | UNUSUAL DINING

A gem with a capital ‘G.’ An UNESCO World Heritage place with a lovely scenery and a surprising pop-up restaurant. Get ready for an incomparable culinary experience. 

Ever heard of the annually recurring dining experience Winterlicht on fort island Pampus? (you can also exclusively camp on the island during summer) It’s one of the most special hidden gems of Amsterdam.

Winterlicht, a super exclusive concept

With the festive season full of fabulous foods, blinking lights, a dose of youthful memories and lots of snow (fun) – OK we wish we had that last Christmassy one – behind us, it’s high time for some New Year’s good-for-you goals. What about enjoying life more? Having more special and, above all, unforgettable moments together with your loved ones, for example. 

Fort Eiland Pampus

Restaurant Winterlicht deserves a spot on your bucket list for 2020.

For those who’ve never heard of Winterlicht. It’s a full evening’s culinary adventure on Pampus Island. An experience that deserves the claim ‘one size fits all.’ Firstly, it’s a perfect getaway for a social gathering with friends or family or for a heartwarming date night for two. However, we didn’t know what to expect, so with expectations on mode zero we jumped on the cosy clipper Sailboat. And so the 5-hour Winterlicht adventure begun!

An unforgettable culinary experience

Together with all the other guests you sail from IJburg, Muiden or Almere (depends per date) to Pampus around 18:00 p.m. You’ll set foot on the island in approximately 30 minutes. Expect a warm welcome from the Winterlicht crew, some ins and outs about the night and a short tour through the half-hidden historic fortress. After the historical walk and talk through the enlightened fort corridors, it’s time to find two of your not so ‘cheesy’ starters in this charming atmosphere: a hot steamy Dutch cheese fondue and mini pancakes overloaded with…well see it yourself. On the other hand; don’t overeat yourself with this heavy kickstarter. Just sayin’!

Oilcan with fire

Sneak peek of what to expect at Pampus’ Winterlicht

Around 20:00 you’ll be warmly greeted by the crew of the islands’ pavilion. A surprising seasonal 3-course dinner – fixed menu – is waiting for you. It’s lovely to hear they cook exactly the same as they did years and years ago: as sustainable as possible, eye for superb quality, and they make use of local products. For the vegetarians, vegans or the ones with a food allergy, don’t you worry. Although they serve a fixed menu, suitable alternatives without juicy meat, lactose or whatever you prefer aren’t a problem at all. Share your preferences in time, and you’ll be pampered. Mark my words.

Winterlicht menu

And what about the ambiance? Well, it’s exactly what you want during the wonderful winter time: a cosy, warm, laidback and welcoming vibe. Everything but pretentious. Looking sharp or comfy, come as you’re. Sounds inviting, doesn’t it?

Winterlicht knows how to pamper their guests after short river crossings

toetje Winterlicht

Winterlicht versus Zomerlicht

Although Winterlicht is hibernating for now, they’ll be up and running again every Friday and Saturday between the 21st of February till the 28th of March. Can’t make it this winter? No worries! During summery days there’s also ‘Zomerlicht’, Winterlicht’s little sister. Instead of fire baskets, lovely red wines and X-mas carols, you can have a cosy outdoor escape with a picture perfect picknick, summer breeze and tropical drink on the side. All things considered, for the exact information, please check out the up-to-date information on the website, or keep an eye on their socials. Claim your spot before it’s go go and get enchanted by the overload of charm.

In essence, we thank Winterlicht for having us, it was an amazing experience. Let’s forget the humdrum of daily life, make beautiful new memories and jump on the Sailboat soon!

Winterlicht
Pampus Island, Amsterdam
Website 

Package price €67,50 (crossing, culinary tour through the fort, a 3-course dinner and contribution to preserve the historical heritage.)

*Photo’s by Tony Perez

Cheers,

Sharmaine

*Sharmaine is one of our guest editors from Amsterdam 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!