Carstens Brasserie is bringing the farm back to the city

Opening on the 6th of February 2019, is the brand new Brasserie Carstens, located in central Amsterdam. The concept of the Carstens is an idea created by Maik Kuijpers, former head chef  Michelin star restaurant De Librije. (Yes, that is promising!) We had a first look.

The Concept
Brasserie Carstens is a collaboration with the Park Plaza Victoria Hotel which is a stone’s throw away from Amsterdam Central Station. It is a brassiere revolving around fair-trade and qualitative products, mostly from Dutch soil. The menu offers surprising flavours from the Veluwe to the North Sea to show what the Dutch soil and water has to offer. The wines come from winemakers with a Dutch connection and local beers come from traditional breweries.

Local Dutch glory with a twist

Oesters Carstens

The Food
The Brassiere works with a menu that changes with the four seasons; they serve more fresh dishes in summer and more often meat dishes in winter.
On the menu you will find recognizable dishes with a creative twist. I went to the brassiere to try out lunch and it felt like a surprise party. They served calf tongue with langoustine (not for the faint hearted), beef goat quark, a Caesar salad with kale instead of lettuce, a carpaccio of puffed yellow beet, and a badass stump with the sprouts still on it. 

Carstens Brasserie food

Bringing the farm back to the city

Iris
Never skipping dessert. ©Marvin Duiker

Decor
The restaurant is colourful and cozy furnished. It feels very homely but with a modern twist. The space is quite big and natural light comes from the big windows which are decorated with ornate curtains, and the many plants and flowers make it a green and pleasant environment to be in.

 

 

 

©Marvin Duiker

Carstens interior
©Marvin Duiker

So.. Looking for a place to have a tasty lunch or dinner in a beautiful, atmospheric restaurant? Head to Brasserie Carstens! The front door is located at the Hasselaerssteeg, which is between the Damrak and the Martelaarsgracht.

Being a Dutchie, I’ll definitely return!

Carstens Brasserie
Hasselaerssteeg 1, Amsterdam
Monday – Friday 12:00 – 22:00
Saturday & Sunday 12:30 – 22:00
Website / Instagram

Love,

Iris

*Iris is one of our guest editors from The Netherlands. She’s got a big interest for fashion, poetry and traveling. She was only 3 months old when she was on the plane for the first time, and she has been to every continent in the meantime. She’s a dreamer and would prefer to be on the beach every day. You can follow Iris on Instagram.

Instock Saves Dinners

Restaurant Instock is the one place where you can combine yumminess with doing a good deed. We can tell you, rescued food never tasted so good!

Restaurant Instock in a nutshell
Did you know one third of the whole food production is wasted? Hold on, that means a worldwide wastage of 1.3 billion tonnes per year. Instock is a place that comes to the rescue with her various locations (Amsterdam, Utrecht and The Hague) They want to break the food waste cycle by turning food surplus into an appetising breakfast, lunch and dinner. Think of fruits and veggies with some beauty flaws, one-day old bread, and fish and meat leftovers. A couple of years ago they started a collaboration with the biggest Dutch supermarket; Albert Heijn. But restaurant Instock does not only pick up unsold products at these grocery stores, but also at other local producers. Since the start they’ve saved over 607924 kilos, and the ‘rescue food ball’ keeps on rolling.

instock interior

instock kitchen
Photo by Mitchell van Voorbergen 

IF WE STOP WASTING FOOD, IT WOULD BE THE EQUIVALENT OF TAKING 1 OUT OF 4 CARS OFF THE ROAD.

Culinary, circular menu
The ambiance of Instock feels relaxed, it’s like coming home. Where the menu normally constantly changes, they have found a way to create a festive set menu. And if possible even circular! By analysing what kind of leftovers they mostly receive, they were able to see some ‘food trends’. With these in mind they have assembled the special dinner menu inspired by the Italian cuisine. For example, if there are tomatoes on the recipe, it’s no big deal for the chef if it’s a cherry or a beef tomato. Expect a four course menu with Italian classics in Instock’s own way.

We kicked off with a minestrone soup (one of my faves during winter days), followed by the cod tartare di merluzzo. Course number three was homemade gnocchi with smoked ricotta and some Bolognese on the side (absolutely delicious). Our final round consisted of a pre-dessert (you will be surprised) and the dulce the leche parfait. In case you’ve got a food allergy or special diet wishes, don’t worry. Even though the kitchen staff has to deal with what’s ‘in stock’, they’re really creative in coming up with allergy and diet friendly alternatives. So, something for everyone. An ode to the crew!

instock Christmas dinner

Want to know more about food waste and how to tackle it? Check out these 6 mobile apps that could save you a lot of money too!

Instock
Czaar Peterstraat 21, Amsterdam (more locations in Utrecht, Rotterdam and Den Haag)
Website

Sharmaine

*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!

Vegan friendly » BarTack in Amsterdam West

Oh how I love Amsterdam West. I can’t get enough of it and it may has to do with the fact that I live there. Well, I live in Amsterdam New West (yes boys and girls, that’s outside the center of Amsterdam). But I also love it because it’s fast developing. Since I have a baby, I walk around a lot more instead of using my bicycle and by doing so, I discover new shops, restaurants and coffee bars. This is also how I discovered Bartack.

Bartack
You may have heard of Bar Spek on the Admiraal De Ruyterweg in Amsterdam West. Well, they are the same owners of Bartack, so when I walked past the other day I had to check it out. The look of Bartack is industrial combined with a little touch of vintage. Round tables, mixed with some big lounge chairs and small stools. The space is not wide but long with the kitchen in the back (or front, depending on which way you are entering)

Interior Bartack

The Menu
They are open for breakfast from 8am (go for the fluffy pancakes!), up to lunch and dinner. I noticed that the menu offers a lot of vegan options, something you see more and more of in Amsterdam. I love plant based foods so I was happy to see this. From soup to salads or a variety of filled pita breads, I decided to go for the vegan falafel with coleslaw and tajine saus. The open kitchen is always good news and this dish didn’t disappoint me al all! (yummie!) Oh, and another important note; the coffee is great! Yup, bad coffee will turn me off completely and that would have been a shame.

Falafel at Bartack

Add this one to your hotspot list!

Bartack
Postjesweg 124, Amsterdam
Website

Love,

Elke