Bam Boa will open at Girassol’s old location!

For the last week or so, we have seen some pretty photo’s and “coming soon” messages passing by our Instagram feed. We can now tell you that there is a new hotspot coming by the name of Bam Boa!

The closing of Girassol
A few months ago the owners of Girassol decided to close their modern Portuguese restaurant after 35 years. A great shame because it was such a wonderful place that was visited by many locals. Girassol was located next to the waters of Amsterdam, bringing sunshine to the neighbourhood with boats stopping to grab dinner during sunset. So we are happy to announce that the same location is getting a new name and vibe!

Bam Boa

Bam Boa
They just announced their name so we are here to tell you it first. Together with influencer and entrepreneur Kae Sutherland, the 2 brothers who took over Girassol from their parents, are behind it all. They thought it was time for something new, and if we have to believe the photo’s, the restaurant will have a boho look & feel.

Bam Boa Amsterdam

The outside terrace will get a makeover and it will have beachy elements. They will be open for healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We can’t wait for this one to open!

Bam Boa
Weesperzijde 135, Amsterdam
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Brickwood Coffee & Bread in London » Brunch at it’s best

As any brunch aficionado knows, there’s no place not worth going to if it doesn’t have at least a ten-minute queue outside. And one such place is Brickwood Coffee & Bread.

Weekend culture in London is accepting that you’ll need to queue for your brunch – but see it as a positive that you’re building up an appetite. But as you wait outside, the red tin-sheeting exterior is a bright beacon on a gloomy day for those in need of a pick me up. Situated on a bustling, pedestrianised street in the heart of Balham in south London, Brickwood’s popularity attracts a Saturday and Sunday morning crowd. Mostly made up of twenty-somethings including a mix of hipsters (although, not the devastatingly cool kind that resound in East London); yoga and gym bunnies and buffs (who are looking to stockpile on pre- or post- workout protein); and occasionally (if you’re lucky) there’ll be the local resident who brings their dog for you to ogle at, too.

Brickwood Coffee & Bread London

A Coffee Lovers Idyll
Brickwood was founded by Australians and prides itself of bringing a taste of Australia to its four locations in the capital (aside from Balham, there are also spots in Clapham, Tooting and Streatham) so you can expect Tim-Tams on the shelves but what keeps punters coming back is the coffee. While not exclusively from the land down under, their Brickwood Blend expresso fuses beans from Tanzania, Rwanda and Brazil for a sweet aftertaste.

Coffee

Famed as much for their brunch as their coffee, the menu offers a run-down of everything you’d want to kickstart your day with. My go-to is the Kamara: sourdough toast, topped with kale pesto, pumpkin seeds and diced sweet-potato – feta cheese and a poached egg come as standard on top too if you have dietary requirements. The Breakfast Burrito is also favourable with its pulled pork, scrambled eggs, potato hash, avocado, and sour cream tightly wrapped up in foil. Grilled sourdough toasties also sit on the counter as you walk in and hit the spot if you’re feeling fragile.

Banana Bread 2.0
If there’s room left, Brickwood’s instagrammable showstopper is their Banana Bread 2.0. Their original Freshly baked banana bread was a must-have in its own right: grilled and served with a creamy expresso butter, but some genius rethought the concept and added a fresh-berry compote as well as mascarpone to create the updated version.

Brickwood lunch
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The décor has a low-key charm made up of wooden clad walls and coffee sack ceilings which makes for a relaxed setting. Tables are either high-level with wooden tops and metal bar stools. If there’s a group of you, you may be able to bag yourself a booth in their extension which opened last year. And the end result? As fairly priced as you’d expect for zone three within the capital, a brunch for two will hover around the £25 mark.
The area boasts a handful of eateries serving similar menus including rival brunch mecca Milk, Brother Marcus and Gails.

Brickwood London interior

Brickwood Coffee & Bread
11 Hildrith Street, London
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Love,

Stephanie

*Stephanie is our guest editor from London. She works for a large fashion brand and loves to explore new eateries and pretty corners whenever she has the chance. Follow her on Instagram

Mr. & Mrs. Watson will open a Vegan Cheese Factory in Amsterdam

Founders Aleid Koopal & Kirsi Rautiainen started their vegan restaurant Mr. & Mrs. Watson back in 2017 and became a household name when it came to their innovating vegan dishes. Their vegan cheese became the talk of vegan Amsterdam and we’re happy to announce that they are planning to open their own vegan cheese factory!

vegan food

Cheesy Business
If you have never tasted vegan cheese, you should. Sometimes you cannot tell the difference! Who ever thinks vegan cheese is easy to prepare, has it wrong. It’s a long process and each cheese has a different flavour. The vegan cheeses you can find on the menu at Mr. & Mrs. Watson are roquefort, Italian herbs with pistachio, smoked almond cream cheese, goat cheese made with cashew nuts, pepper jack cream cheese and vegan cheese fondue. 

Vegan cheese

Cheese Factory
“Right now we prepare all our cheese in the kitchen downstairs which takes up a lot of space because of the time the cheese has to age or cure” This is why Aleid & Kirsi are looking into a small cheese factory near Duivendrecht. This why they can upscale their cheese production and even sell it to stores outside the restaurant. The location has been picked but it will take a little bit to set everything up. We’re exited and the more cheese alternatives there are, the better for the environment!

Mr. & Mrs. Watson
Linnaeuskade, Amsterdam East

www.watson.bar

More vegan? Check out the top 10 best vegan restaurants in Paris! 

Vegan food at Le Potager de Charlotte

Lebanese restaurant Fenicie opens in Amsterdam

Libanese restaurant Fenicie opened it’s doors in the most lively district of Amsterdam last night. The Libanese cusine is more popular than ever, but to do it right, you must have a killer hummus. Did Fenicie live up to our expectations?

Fenicie Amsterdam
Fenicie is located next to Palladium near the Leidse Square and has taken over the former Ron Gastrobar Paris. The 460 m2 restaurant has 2 entrances, one at the Korte Leidsedwarsstraat and one at the Kleine Garmantplantoen. “Bringing the best of Lebanon to Amsterdam” is the mission of restaurant that already has a location in Purmerend that has been around since 2016. There are 120 seats available and it’s going to be the ultimate shared dining experience and it can also perfect for drinks with friends. Our first impression when we walked in was that the building has an industrial look but it’s done with middle Eastern elegance but doesn’t feel too posh. (like the next door neighbour Palladium).

Fenicie Amsterdam Interior

We can see ourselves sitting here for hours

The Menu
Hummus, falafel, tabouleh, baba ganoush and kibbeh, probably dishes you have tasted or heard of before. But if you want to taste the traditional flavors, you need to taste the Meze that Fenicie serves. For example the muhammara that has been roasted for 12 hours and a killer hummus with a preperation of 24 hours! (we didn’t even realize this was the proper way to prepare it) Good to know: The Libanese cusine is perfect for vegans because vegetables, granes and fish take the centre stage on the menu. Yes, there is meat on the menu but it’s not the most important dish.

Fencie Amsterdam food

You can take a seat at the chefs table which is located right across from the kitchen and is available on request. During the weekend Fenicie will turn up the music, move some tables around and turn it into the perfect spot for cocktails, which you can enjoy until 3am. Having experienced one of the longest summers last year, Fenicie is clever enough to include an outside terrace that is great for people watching along the streets.
 
Fenicie Amsterdam menu
 
Two Restaurants

Because the space is so big, they will open a second restaurant in the same building. It’s a clever move, because previous entrepreneurs in the same building didn’t make it past the 2 years of opening. The Burger Fabriek on the other side will serve burgers (hence the name) and you can enter this restaurant via the Korte Leidsedwarsstraat and is meant for people that want a quick bite and a beer, focusing more on tourists. On a personal note, we can’t say we are too exited about that, because we feel like meat is something we all should consume a little bit less of.

Fenicie interior

Fenicie Interior
My Verdict:
I loved the space and interior design, the mint green tiles on the wall, and the high ceiling. We were welcomed with an alcohol free cocktail and the DJ was playing Middle Eastern style house music. Unfortunately we had to wait for almost 2 hours before the food arrived, but after some sincere apologies (due to some communication with the kitchen), they made up for it by serving a table full of cold and warm Mezze. I tried the hummus first of course, and although I’m not a hummus expert, I thought it missed some flavor, maybe the lemon? The Baba Ganoush and Muhammarah however, was out of this world! We tasted around 15 different dishes and yes, I tried most of them (except the meat).
TIP: if you decide to go for dessert, you MUST try the Knafeh, which is crispy vermicelli dough with cheese and ice-cream. A-MA-ZING. 
So would I return? Yes. And if I do, I will take a group of friends because it’s perfect for that. Eating, drinking and chatting until the early hours. I think Fenicie is going to be around for a while.

 

Fenicie Amsterdam
Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 11-HS
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Vegabond will open their second Vegan Deli this March!

On the first of March, Vegabond will be opening its second location in the beautiful Amsterdam Oud-West. It will be their first Deli with the new concept.

The first Vegan Deli
The first Vegabond location at Leliegracht is known as a magnet for vegan and non-vegan tourists. When they first opened their lunchroom and grocery store back in 2014, they were the first vegan deli in the Netherlands! Things has changed over the years and veganism has really taken a leap forward, especially in Amsterdam.The Vegabond team wanted to create a concept that doesn’t just multiply what is there already but one that adds to the brand. The new Vegabond location will focus more on residential needs with a deli counter and a wide array of stunning plant-based dishes to eat in, take away or order from home.

vegabond breakfast
Guilty free breakfast

Vegabond hired Dominique from Cropbox to develop a food concept that is unseen in vegan Amsterdam and captures the essence of many of Vegabond’s favorite cuisines. Having worked in all sorts of global kitchens, Dominique spent the bulk of her career harnessing her passion and energy into making plant-based food desirable for everyone through showcasing the rainbow of ingredients that exist outside of animal products. 

vegan cheese at vegabond
Say vegan cheese!

What to expect at the new location
Guest can fill their plate or take-away box with their selected “small” dishes and ingredients. The menu will keep changing throughout the year but some examples of what to expect are; Korean BBQ-burgers, ‘cole-slaw’ with roasted pineapple, pumpkin with Thai herbs and tahini-drizzled sweet potatoes. Do you want something sweet? You can feast on home-made vegan brownies, cinnamon rolls, vegan cheesecakes, freshly baked cookies and their famous ‘raw cakes’ and vegan cheese selection.

Vegabond
Tahini-drizzled sweet potatoes

Vegabond
The new menu at Vegabond looks incredible

Guilty Free Shopping
The whole store contains products that are 100% plant based. Customers that are conscious about animal welfare or sustainability can therefore shop efficient at Vegabond. The Vegabond kitchen has done everything to create beautiful and nutritious dishes, suitable for everyone. Many of these dishes has been tried & tested at the Leliegracht location, with success!

We’re exited and can’t wait to taste!

Vegabond (West)
De Clerqstraat 48, AmsterdamOpening
Monday – Saturday: 8am – 8pm Sunday: 10am – 6pm
Website

Love,

Elke

 

 

 

Le Potager de Charlotte opens their second Vegan restaurant!

You’ve probably heard me rave about Le Potager de Charlotte in my previous article on Top 10 Vegan Restaurants in Paris, but I am about to tell you everything you need to know about their new restaurant in the fancy 17th arrondissement.

I was so happy to be back at Le Potager de Charlotte but at a completely new location, opened only two days ago. The first restaurant in the 9th district is modest and bright, but this one is definitely the more elegant and stylish of the two.

interior Le Potager de Charlotte

Their goal is to restore the image of plant-based cuisine

Brand new Vegan menu
While preserving their most popular dishes from the first restaurant, diners can enjoy several exclusive new dishes, including a new dish for each course. I have never seen or tasted a more appealing Romane lettuce before this. The paring of the wild rice and red kuri squash cream is unparalleled, the tougher texture of the wild rice is balanced out by the smoothness of the sauce. For this season, they have created the most refreshing mango dessert, paired with cashew vanilla cream and speculos, which I’d highly recommend.

Le Potager de Charlotte food

The right produce at the right time with the right taste and price

Food and drink at Le Potager de Charlotte

Humans of the restaurant
Did you know that the owner of Le Potager de Charlotte, David Valentin, is also a chef at the restaurant? You are sure to be amazed by his magic of turning even the most common Romane lettuce into a deliciously beautiful starter. The two brothers, David and Adrien, are also super attentive, making sure that their customers are having the best dining experience. To take the pressure of having to choose from all the amazing food on the menu, feel free to ask them or any of the waiters for recommendations. In my experience, they’ve been pretty spot on.

vegan dessert

Décor and sustainability
This brand-new restaurant is the definition of interior design goals. Since it is a vegan gourmet restaurant, it is only appropriate to have the entire place covered in green – wall, seats and cushions; and the rest, with minimalistic wooden details. The entire place is transformed into an oasis, completing the whole dining experience. Finally, I want to applause the restaurant for serving their delicious cocktails with glass straws, committing to their ethos of promoting sustainable lifestyle.

interior

At Le Potager de Charlotte, the menu is changed and updated every three months, depending on what is in season. We have always received the warmest welcome visiting the restaurant, so be sure to drop by regularly for their newest and most exciting creations!

Le Potager de Charlotte
12 rue de la Tour d’Auvergne
21 rue Rennequin 75017
Website /Instagram

Love,

Chantelle

 

NENI Amsterdam, the highly anticipated newcomer

Over the past year the Citroën garage next to the Olympic Stadium has been completely renovated, with the purpose of bringing back this iconic building at the Stadionplein in its full glory. Now it’s home to a brand new restaurant by the name of NENI.

It’s a Family Affaire
NENI are the initials of Nuriel, Elior, Nadiv & Ilan, the four sons of Haya Molcho, known for her delicious cookbooks. NENI has restaurants in Berlin, Munich, Hamburg and Vienna and with success! The family has Israeli, Romanian and Spanish roots, and you’ll find these flavours back at the restaurant.

NENI

The motto of NENI: Life is beautiful. Be part of it

More than a restaurant
At NENI you are able to score the best humus, roasted octopus in miso harissa, and their famous NENI Shakshuka. But there is more. There will be a NENI Deli where you can get healthy bites, salads, juices and sandwiches. Next to that, you can have drinks upstairs at Lemonman, a yellow themed room with a vibrant bar that is also available for hire.

Neni Amsterdam

NENi
Dessert 3.0 in the making at the opening night

The bread at NENI is freshly baked in their own bakery

The Verdict
The food is colourful, tasty and fairly priced. The restaurants look and feel is warm, stylish and feels easy going. Yes, the olympic stadium has a new player that we’ll welcome with open arms and empty belly’s.

NENI Amsterdam
Stadionplein 8, Amsterdam
Website / Instagram

Love,

Elke

 

Carstens Brasserie is bringing the farm back to the city

Opening on the 6th of February 2019, is the brand new Brasserie Carstens, located in central Amsterdam. The concept of the Carstens is an idea created by Maik Kuijpers, former head chef  Michelin star restaurant De Librije. (Yes, that is promising!) We had a first look.

The Concept
Brasserie Carstens is a collaboration with the Park Plaza Victoria Hotel which is a stone’s throw away from Amsterdam Central Station. It is a brassiere revolving around fair-trade and qualitative products, mostly from Dutch soil. The menu offers surprising flavours from the Veluwe to the North Sea to show what the Dutch soil and water has to offer. The wines come from winemakers with a Dutch connection and local beers come from traditional breweries.

Local Dutch glory with a twist

Oesters Carstens

The Food
The Brassiere works with a menu that changes with the four seasons; they serve more fresh dishes in summer and more often meat dishes in winter.
On the menu you will find recognizable dishes with a creative twist. I went to the brassiere to try out lunch and it felt like a surprise party. They served calf tongue with langoustine (not for the faint hearted), beef goat quark, a Caesar salad with kale instead of lettuce, a carpaccio of puffed yellow beet, and a badass stump with the sprouts still on it. 

Carstens Brasserie food

Bringing the farm back to the city

Iris
Never skipping dessert. ©Marvin Duiker

Decor
The restaurant is colourful and cozy furnished. It feels very homely but with a modern twist. The space is quite big and natural light comes from the big windows which are decorated with ornate curtains, and the many plants and flowers make it a green and pleasant environment to be in.

 

 

 

©Marvin Duiker

Carstens interior
©Marvin Duiker

So.. Looking for a place to have a tasty lunch or dinner in a beautiful, atmospheric restaurant? Head to Brasserie Carstens! The front door is located at the Hasselaerssteeg, which is between the Damrak and the Martelaarsgracht.

Being a Dutchie, I’ll definitely return!

Carstens Brasserie
Hasselaerssteeg 1, Amsterdam
Monday – Friday 12:00 – 22:00
Saturday & Sunday 12:30 – 22:00
Website / Instagram

Love,

Iris

*Iris is one of our guest editors from The Netherlands. She’s got a big interest for fashion, poetry and traveling. She was only 3 months old when she was on the plane for the first time, and she has been to every continent in the meantime. She’s a dreamer and would prefer to be on the beach every day. You can follow Iris on Instagram.

Eat & Dance at MILK Café Amsterdam

Music venue The Melkweg has been around for ages, but did you know they recently opened up a café/restaurant on the Marnixstraat? We checked out MILK Café.

We had to look for the way in, but MILK Café is located across from the DeLaMar Theater and joins the entrance with Melkweg Expo, which MILK café customers can visit for free. The interior has been inspired by the American diner look, but with black & white colour schemes. It’s a relatively big space filled with natural light and has several seating spots by the window which makes it great for people watching. (oh how we love that!) The art on the wall and flowers on the tables, make the café a pleasant place to walk into. 

Interior MILK Café Amsterdam

MILK café

The Menu
The lunch menu isn’t very extensive, but there is something for everyone. From a stack of pancakes (these are very good by the way), to eggs benedict or spicy chicken on bread. Yes, there are also vegan options. For dinner they serve Ramen, Risotto, the Galaxy Burger, Fish and a weekly special. The menu will change per season, is prepared with (mostly) organic ingredients, and has some Asian influences. For a 3-course menu you pay a set price of €30,-.

Food at MILK Café Amsterdam

Eat & Dance
The extra good thing about MILK Café is, that you can combine your dinner with a dance at the Melkweg. The toilets are literally connected in the same space. The Melkweg has live performanes as well as many DJ’s and Techno Tuesday for those who like to dance until the early hours. Check the complete agenda to see what’s on.

Bar MILK Café

MILK Café
Marnixstraat 409, Amsterdam
Open from 11am till 1am / Weekend till 3am
Website

Love,

Elke

Top 10 Vegan Restaurants and Cafes in Paris

Happy new year! The post-holiday season is a perfect time to detox and perhaps take part in the annual Veganuary – encouraging people to go vegan for the first month of the year for the benefits of our health, the environment and animal rights. For some, this may not be easy, especially in a city like Paris, where meat and dairy play such significant roles in the diet! Fear not, we’ve sourced out the best vegan restaurants and cafes in Paris for you, without compromising the variety and flavours!

Breakfast
When the buttery croissants and creamy yoghurt bowls basically rule the Parisian breakfast menu, you’d think you wouldn’t even get through your first meal of the day. Don’t worry, BOL offers a selection of healthy porridges, including several vegan options, to start you off warmed up and energized. Still craving that classic Parisian pastry? VG Patisserie has you covered, from just €3,20 you can indulge in a traditional pastry and coffee combo.

BOL Porridge Bar

Whether you want to snack or go all out on a big meal, these vegan restaurants and cafes in Paris have it!

Lunch & Dinner
Who says a vegan diet is restrictive and dull? Grab a veggie-dog to go from HOTVOG. You would not have guessed it’s meatless! Burger Theory Vegan Fast-Food and Hank Burger and Hank Pizza also make vegan-friendly fast food.

Vegan burger at Hank Burger
Vegan burgers at Burger Theory (source)

If you want a sit-down meal with a nice ambience, definitely visit my favourite restaurant in Paris, Le Potager de Charlotte. This vegan gourmet restaurant is opened and run by two attentive and passionate brothers, with a mission to showcase how wonderful vegan cuisine actually is. They source out the freshest local ingredients for all their dishes, combining only the best flavours around the world to create a unique experience for the palette. 

Vegan Salad
Salad at Le Potager de Charlotte

Be sure to order the sweet potato purée – hands down the most delicious dish of all time

Even the juices are made with home-grown apples! The atmosphere of the restaurant is by far the nicest I’ve ever been to and the food itself is unreal! Be sure to order the sweet potato purée – hands down the most delicious dish of all time – and the “hard-boiled egg style” avocado, which tastes exactly like eggs! Also, leave enough stomach space for their refreshing and indulgent desserts! I cannot praise this restaurant enough, and lucky for us, they’re about to open their second restaurant in Paris (30/1), which will have an almost entirely new menu, so make sure you go check it out!

vegan dessert
Vegan dessert at Le Potager de Charlotte

Cafes & Desserts
You can find an entire menu of veggie goodness in Café Pinson. If you visit them for lunch during the week, ask for their Dish of the Day! Got a sweet tooth? Les Petites Patisseries has a huge selection of cakes and tarts, all raw and vegan; all rich in colour and flavour! Vegan Folie’s specialises in vegan cupcakes and gluten-free cheesecakes. La REcyclerie is more than just a café. It aims to raise public awareness of eco-responsible values by hosting a range of events, from workshops to disco almost every day of the year. Not only do they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, they also have an extensive drink menu and late-night snacks to go with it. The atmosphere there is electric and certainly belongs to the list of top vegan restaurants and cafes in Paris!

les petites patisseries
Vegan sweetness at Les Petites Patisseries. Photo by Violaine Bergoin

Hope this list inspires you to eat more healthily and more consciously, even just for a month! Let us know if you have visited any of these vegan restaurants and cafes before and what you think about 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.