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.
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
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
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
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.
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!