6 x NEW AMAZING ASIAN RESTAURANTS IN AMSTERDAM

We have a weakness for Asian destinations and Asian food. It may have something to do with the fact that I have Indonesian roots and growing up with eating various spices and herbs. This always results in sheer joy when I hear about a new Asian restaurant opening in Amsterdam. These are some newcomers we want you to hear about.

Intisari Bistro Indonesia, Balboastraat 24

If you know the Dutch, you know that Indonesian food has always been important. Most people know their way around with GadoGado, Saté and Nasi Goreng. We’re happy to mention that Intisari Bistro Indonesia recently opened its doors and the reviews are praising positively. www.intisari.nl

Asian Newcomers in Amsterdam

BAOHUIS,Van Limburg stirumstraat 115

This Asian street food newcomer has opened as of early summer and is partly run by renowned chef Justin Brown. The serve no nonsense bao buns (with pulled pork or veggie), cocktails, finger licking Asian bites and Asian beers! They are close by the Westerpark, and have an outside terrace with plenty of seats. baohuis.nl

Benji’s Toko & Benji’s Bro, Baarsjesweg 188 / Maassluitstraat 243

After the success at Benji’s East, they quickly made plans to open a second café. This time, with Indonesian flavours. During breakfast and lunch you can enjoy healthy Bali style dishes such as Buddha or Acai bowls, but at dinner the real Indonesian flavours come out. You can order a mini “rijstafel” for meat, fish eaters or vegetarians. In addition to these, there are also Indonesian side orders are available. The toko is a place where you can drink Bali style cocktails at night and cool events with DJ’s will follow. The interior is amazing and the staff is friendly. Benji’s is not wasting any time and opened their 3rd location in Amsterdam New West, Benji’s Bro, which will also become a co-working space. In conclusion, you will see us here often!

Beji's Toko | Asian Newcomers

Boi Boi Southwest, Heemstedestraat 27H

Some say that Boi Boi is the best Thai restaurant in Amsterdam. They established back in 2015, but recently opened a new place near Hoofddorpplein in Amsterdam New West. To begin with, they serve the best Thai dishes we love to eat in Thailand. We can’t wait to try it! www.boiboi.com

Koma House, Krugerplein 2

This small Vietnamese restaurant has been getting amazing reviews by many customers, as well as from Asian influencers and trendsetters. The food is just as good as the ambiance, plus the staff is lovely. The owner is also Vietnamese so they know what they are doing. From rice bowls to buns, salad and catering, they do it!

Best Asian newcomers in Amsterdam

Paku Paku Amsterdam, Beukenplein 3H

Besides being the first Japanese fondue restaurant is the Netherlands, Paku paku is also a language bar where expats can meet to learn and speak Dutch to and from each other. What better way to get to know the Dutch culture then by sharing food and meeting locals! During dinner, guests drop their favourite fish, meat or veggies in the bubbling hot pot. You can compare it to a traditional fondue, but better and also a bit healthier because you are not frying your ingredients. 

Paku Paku Amsterdam

So which of these Asian Restaurants are you going to visit first?

Enjoy the spice!

Elke

Joya » Our New Favourite Asian Restaurant!

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.

First Impressions
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

The Menu
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. 


Cocktails? No problem!


Saving space for dessert!

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. 

Love,

Wander-Lust

Joya
Spuistraat 3G/H, Amsterdam
Tel: 020 221 4932
Website

Amsterdams new Asian Hotspot » HappyHappyJoyJoy

I love Asian food! Whether it’s Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean or Japanese, these cuisines bring a little spice to my life. So I was thrilled when I heard about this new Asian kid in town: HappyHappyJoyJoy. Yes the name is very Asian too and I love it.

This Asian hotspot is situated in the Bilderdijkstraat and around the corner of the buzzing Kinkerstraat in Amsterdam. Their concept is simple but effective. They serve Asian Streetfood. Not your usual starters or mains but small and surprising Asian dishes to share and taste. Taste typical Asian dishes like Har Kau and Shao Mai or red hot specialties like ‘hot & spicy shrimps’ or steamed mussels in XO sauce.

Happyhappyjoyjoy serves streetfood with Thai, Malaysian , Indonesian, Chinese and Korean influences.

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The first thing you notice when you enter is the interior. It’s awesome. Red umbrella’s cover the ceiling and typical Asian propaganda cover the walls.
You can dine right across from the open kitchen, sit at the bar or book a private room in the back. It can get quite busy during the week so make sure you reserve yourself a table. In the weekends you should be able to walk in for lunch.

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Food and business, 2 things that go very well together in Asia. Book your private table here.

I tried the Mussels, Thai fishcakes, Korean salad and the famous Pad Thai. All delicious and you can really taste the different flavors. They serve a variety of Asian tea’s, beers and drinks such as fresh coconuts, palm juice and sparkling lychee ramune. The only negative thing I have to say is that they don’t serve vegetarian DimSum, only meat. This was a disappointment because I’m always on a quest to find the best DimSum in Amsterdam.

HappyHappyJoyJoy Mussels
Spicy steamed mussels, yummie!

HappyHappyJoyJoy also does take away and you can book small or bigger events. Diner cards, special chopsticks and their signature sweet chilly sauce are all available through their WebshopSo whatever your Asian preference is, I think you can say (with an Asian accent); I’m very happy happy! 

Love,

Elke

HappyHappyJoyJoy
Bilderdijkstraat 158hs

1053 LC Amsterdam
+31(0)20 344 6433
Open for Lunch & Dinner 

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My first introduction with Tunisian dates was when a friend was cooking a traditional Tunisian couscous dish where she mixed spicy herbs and dates. As dessert she served cake with dates and nuts. I really enjoyed the sweetness and I learned from her that in Tunisia, dates are very famous. They add dates in several dishes what really makes the difference!
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