Finger licking (or plate licking) good. That’s how we can describe Joya, our new favorite Asian Fusion restaurant in Amsterdam.
Normally we are first in line when it comes to new hotspots in Amsterdam, but due to our busy schedule, we didn’t manage visit Joya until this week. The restaurant has been open since the summer of 2017 and recently added some new dishes on the menu. Although Sarah and I talk to each other on the phone everyday, we haven’t sat down for a relaxt dinner in a long time. So we marked a big red circle into our diaries and made a reservation at Joya.
It’s much bigger than I thought! There are enough table and chairs to sit down at least 80 guests, but the restaurant still looks spacious and all tables have a sense of privacy. The interior feels cozy, yet stylish and there is even a fireplace, surrounded by comfy sofa’s. Oh, and I haven’t even mentioned the tree in the middle of the restaurant!
The staff is professional but not stiff and they know their wines and recommendations. You are treated as a worthy guest, but nothing feels forced or over the top. This is a big plus, because that is the kind of atmosphere that will make customers return a few times a month.
Steal food from each others plate is the motto here
Ok, let’s talk business. The menu is designed for a shared dining experience, something most new restaurants in Amsterdam like to apply. Steal food from each others plate is the motto here, and if you are with friends, this is highly encouraged by us! There are many shellfish options like oysters, scallops, prawns and soft shell crab. We decided to let the chef surprise us with a meat free menu so we skipped the lapsang smoked ribs and spicy beef salad. Instead we started with Tom Kha seafood soup that is freshly poured into your bowl with shellfish.
Oh yeah, our tastebuds were impressed. Ready for more, we tried the BBQ eggplant, green veggies of the day, tasty scallops and the green chilli tiger prawns with noodles on the side. Bellies full? Well, we saved just enough space for dessert which included a chilli mango sorbet, a few brownies and white chocolate with coconut.
It’s been a while since we experienced an Asian party onto our plates, and Joya totally made it happen again. Because the restaurant is so spacious, we recommend it to friends, couples and business meetings. Good things happen here.
Spuistraat 3G/H, Amsterdam
Tel: 020 221 4932