NEW HOTSPOT | BENJI’S TOKO AMSTERDAM WEST

Meet your new best buddy in town: Benji’s Toko. The culinary Indonesian side of Benji’s. Not to mention that this new addition will take you right to the tropics with a jungle vibe in the middle of Amsterdam West. Located next to a waterfront with a handsome, sun-kissed terrace. 

Time to expand

Proud. Flattered. The owners are grateful they got the change to open a second spot. A toko driven by their roots, Indonesian food heritage and a cosmopolitan twist. Almost three years ago – oh baby, time flies – I wrote an article about Benji’s. Such an addition for Amsterdam Eastside. And where the norm seems to be to open a spot in West firstly, followed by a second spot in the upcoming, vibrant Eastern part of Amsterdam, they have done it exactly the other way around.

Benji's Toko

Needless to say, that I was very-very curious about the newest creation. A concept inspired by the tropical spheres of Bali. With a two month workcation on the schedule this winter on this island, this absolutely was already the best preparation. Hello gorgeous! Benji’s Toko is a place where you can escape from the high-paced city life and find yourself in a peaceful, green oasis. Lots of plants, steel, rattan, other natural materials…and more plants.

Breakfast at Benji's Toko Amsterdam

All Day Indonesian Food

Once you set foot in this green-overloaded place your guts tell you that there’s Indonesian blood flowing through the toko. They life to eat. They adore the food moments. Sounds familiar? Maybe there’s a little Indo in you as well, who knows! Because of this food-is-the-Indo’s-number-one-spirit, Benji’s had to come up with an all-day food concept. So, Benji’s is the one with the all-day breakfast, Benji’s Toko with the all-day brunch menu and in the evenings shareable street food.

Beji's Toko Amsterdam

What.A.Menu!

It contains an abundance of tastebud-tempting dishes. Normally I have to cherry-pick between at most two alternatives. But at Benji’s Toko my belly was in for almost 90% of their pampering menu. Even the salads caught my attention. And to think that I sort of have a love-hate relationship with those green basterds. Thumbs up for you little Benjamin!

Benji's

Expect some happiness on your plate

Bali Inspired

As a matter of fact, the menu at Benji’s Toko would not be out of place at Bali. Easy-going. Photogenic. Bursting with passion. Açaí bowl, raw rainbow noodle salad, rendang fries, rainbow buns, satay, gado gado rolls, lava cake. And, of course, colourful cocktails and delicious coffee on the side. One by one tropical treats. Another reason to stop by is the crew. Equally important, they offer genuinely hospitable service. Let’s call it ‘joyful enthusiasm.’ With flair and a tiny pinch of craziness, but without fuss and fakeness. Love it!

Instead of taking a 15 hour flight, you can get the same vibe just around the corner at Benji’s Toko. Who’s in for a breakfast, lunch or dinner date at this mouthwatering newbie?

Selemat Makan,

Sharmaine

Benji’s Toko
Baarsjesweg 188, Amsterdam
Website / Instagram

Opening hours: Tuesdays till Sundays 10:00 – 24:00
Mondays closed

*Sharmaine is one of our guest bloggers from the Netherlands with a sweet tooth. The sweeter, the better! She no kitchen princess so she’s always in search for the best hotspots in Amsterdam! You can expect an article from her once a month! Check her out on Instagram!

More Tasty Hotspots?

 

 

 

All Day Breakfast at Benji’s Amsterdam

Good news, Benji’s is opening up a new location in Amsterdam West! It will be loacted next to the waterfront with a sunny outside terrace. More soon.. Read more about Benji’s here:

Amsterdam, after four years as an official ‘Amsterdammer’, I’m still totally in love with you! But honestly, there are places that really needed a complete make-over. Let’s take the Wibautstraat, the most busy street of our cute capital which was intended to become as beautiful as ‘Les Champs- Élysées’. OK, that mission failed…but the not most charming Wibautstraat is increasingly pimped by new, must try hotspots. As an Amsterdam East neighbor I’m really in love with this ‘trend’. The only thing I missed, was a laid back all day breakfast spot like Benji’s. Welcome to Amsterdam you little Benjamin!

benjis-podium

Last rainy lazy Sunday I gave this new, just opened spot in town a try. My aim? To discover the food, drinks and vibe – oh ánd of course to warm up with a large cup of fresh mint tea. This autumnal weather isn’t that bad ;). Upon entry you’ll be surprised by the enormous spatial and urban, industrial vibe. Expect concrete, steel and tipped with lots of contrasting natural materials, it’s like in- and outside are one. Deep green (hanging) plants are all over the place. That makes it not a chilly, but rather cozy, warm oasis without too much fuss, but with an eye for details. Oh and absolutely workplace proof, check.

Central in Benji’s creative food & beverage concept is…the essential subway line underneath the restaurant. The metro is the #1 A to B place where all cultures come together, like a potpourri. That mixture you also see on the ‘in progress’ all day breakfast menu. Hands up for these kind of spots! Be honest, breakfast is one of the best meals, I can’t get enough of it. On the menu an Italian Burrata, an uber Dutch goat cheese, vegan hummus from the Middle East and the icing on the cake an Indonesian rendang. Lots of chances for you as a foodie to make a culinary world trip during a breakfast date, how cool! Nice to know is the fact that you can add whatever you want, big plus! And about the drinks? Fresh smoothies, a delicious variety of coffees, teas and alcoholic goodies.

benjis-food-3
Yummie!

Last but not least special credits for Ciro and Noah of INDEBT Studio, the creative brains behind this hotspot. They also store their own purchasable artworks for which they organize nice events. That makes Benji’s the place to be ‘where cosmopolitans can influence each other’s creative cultures.’

Seriously, write this all day breakfast spot on your bucketlist! Please, don’t blame this Benjamin when it takes a while longer before you get your caffe latte. This youngster has a lot of potential! And psst..they have the intention to come with a mix of bites and more local special beers. Keep this in mind for your next Friday afternoon drinks.

Love,

Sharmaine

Benji’s
Wibautstraat 196
Tel: 020-2238787
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 8 am – 8 pm || Sat – Sun: 9 am – 8 pm
Facebook

*Sharmaine is one of our guest bloggers from the Netherlands with a sweet tooth. The sweeter, the better! She no kitchen princess so she’s always in search for the best hotspots in Amsterdam! You can expect an article from her once a month! Check her out on @sharriefromsandmountains!