RESTAURANT ELKAAR | FINE DINING IN AMSTERDAM
Let’s be honest, sometimes you want to go that extra mile. Figuratively in this case. Not only when it comes to your work or workout, but also when we zoom in on our eating out habits. Although that casual eatery just around the corner is awesome, those though COVID19 times are the time to swipe it to the left, and to replace it once for a top-notch dining experience.
One with international allure. The perfect address? Restaurant Elkaar in Amsterdam!
Love story with an amazing sense of taste
Even as a local resident, I’ve never eaten here before, so this had to change. And so, it happened. Let’s kickstart with the story behind Restaurant Elkaar, literally ‘Restaurant Each Other.’ It’s the culinary baby of chef Rob and maître-sommelier Isa. Rob grew up in the Netherlands, Isa in Colombia. They met each other during their study at the Hotel Management School in The Hague. After a bunch of international internships in the hospitality scene they joined forces (as love birds!) and started their appetizing adventure in Amsterdam. Restaurant Elkaar was a fact.
Although it’s only four years ago they opened their doors, they already have the prestigious label of ‘Michelin Bib Gourmand.’ In the pocket. For the record, this means it’s a restaurant which delivers a high-quality dining experience at a reasonable price. So well-deserved! Expect a relaxed, intimate and welcoming setting blended with handsome dishes and superb wines. Not to mention their characteristic mansion in the atmospheric Amsterdam Eastside area, an absolute so-called A-location.
‘You never get a second chance to make a first impression’. , shiitake and wakame. Delicious!
Restaurant Elkaar makes you travel around the world
Even I you (and your wallet) wouldn’t a big fan of Bib Gourmands, Restaurant Elkaar will change your mind. On the one hand this is due to the laidback atmosphere, on the other hand it’s because of the classic x contemporary dinner. Masterful mix of pure class. And despite the fact we can’t travel around the world to off the beaten tracks, Restaurant Elkaar tries to add a little twist of cultures to their dishes. From hints of the South American cuisine till the Middle East and Mediterranean, they’ve covered it all on a plate.
Bavette, pure perfection! Ending the evening with a BIG bang
Edible artworks with a feel-good factor
Right now, they serve a 5 and 7 course chefs’ menu. A fixed menu that changes by the guidance of the seasons. And what about dietary wishes? Vegetarians, vegans or the bon vivants with a food allergy, don’t you worry. Yes, it is a fixed menu, but of course they do have loads of suitable alternatives.
Time for a sneak peek of what’s on the ‘world-rich pleasures’ menu. What about tantalizing your taste buds with the exotic ceviche with haddock, leche de tigre and avocado? Or with tender corn chicken, courgetti, hollandaise sauce and marjoram? My savory favorite was the juicy bavette with cauliflower, ‘marloeskes’ (little unious) and green olives. And of course, the dessert with white chocolate, cucumber and dill. One by one lovely treats for your tummy and eyes. Boy oh boy, this everyday please!
Nice to know: Rob and his righthand only cook with beautiful, sustainable ingredients, and where possible they make use of local products. Only the best is good enough.
An impressive culinary experience
The most memorable evenings with international vibes don’t have to be made at the other side of the globe. The culinary living room of Restaurant Elkaar checks all the boxes. Special credits for the super sympathetic Isa and Rob, a love couple that does everything they can to ensure a wonderful night out. If there’s one must-visit underdog in de culinary scene of Amsterdam, it’s Restaurant Elkaar. No doubt! See ya there?
Alexanderplein 6, Amsterdam
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Opening hours: Tuesday till Saturday 18:00 – 21:30
Sundays and Mondays closed