Spiritland London | Where music and food comes togehter

Described on their website as “an early morning to late night celebration of food, drink and music”, there is little else to add that better describes Spiritland, a new venue in London’s Southbank district. Part owned by the team that brought London the popular contemporary British dining hall Canteen, Spiritland is not to be missed. It’s a unique experience that is intimate, inspiring and ideal for any time of the day.

spiritland sign

Food
A breakfast brunch menu, lunch menu and dinner menu all promise sumptuous tastes that are unapologetic twists on classic dishes and for full disclosure this review is based on brunch. If you’re after a spin on the British breakfast staple of porridge try the Brown Rice which is cooked with soy, banana, miso and yuzu caramel. It’s brilliant, achieving the perfect balance of sweet and savoury at the same time. And if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, the Kale Saag Aloo Hash with poached eggs also hits the spot quite nicely. Topped off with cappuccino or Kombucha respectively, it’s little wonder that with combinations like this brunch is the most important meal of the day. 

Menu at Spiritland London

Food at spiritland london

Be sure to come back for lunch, pre-theatre cocktails and a late-night dinner if the opportunities arise – DJs play until 2am.

Brunch at Spiritland
Brunchtime!

Spiritland food

Drink
Let’s leave it at: they have a 110 bottle of wine selection and quite the tempting cocktail menu which makes it rather difficult to leave this plush venue, regardless of the time of day.

Interiors and Experience
In case it hadn’t been obvious by now, music is as equally at the heart of this restaurant as the food. Their debut space in Kings Cross is renowned for their world-class sound system and, given that this new location in the Southbank – underneath the world famous Royal Festival Hall (the performing arts venue) – this is no exception, the speakers are bespoke from Living Voice. A DJ booth plays focal point within the 180-cover restaurant and each bathroom booth even boasts its own sound-system.

Spiritland

interior Spiritland

Spiritland is the kind of place that invites you to soak up the atmosphere, its casual dining at its finest.

Spiritland London

Part Wes Anderson inspired (think 1970s chic executed in a contemporary and inviting way) and designed to embody a recording studio as well as a restaurant (which further emphasises their fascination with music) it’s fitting to think of Spiritland as a homage to music fused with food. You can watch the chefs at work while you browse the menus which offer adventurous, modern tastes from chef Moondo. Maximizing guests acoustic experience, there are subtle nods to recording studios with ceiling pads and sound-proof décor too. And, to further flatter their Royal Festival Hall location, there’s additional nods captured within the interior such as the theatrical velvet curtains. Album playback sessions, artist talks, and guest DJs are all a part of the schedule of events and I’d recommend that you look them up in advanced as they’re not to be missed.

In the wildly-impossible possibility that you’re still hungry and fancy a breath of fresh air, a food market is on the door step, offering every-imagining of food and drink and dessert too.

Spiritland
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London
Underground Station: Waterloo, Northern Line 
Brunch can cost from £25 for one course and a coffee for two people.
Website / Instagram

The Avocado Show will open a pop-up restaurant in London this March

Grab your phone, set the date, and empty your photo gallery. You are in need of some space when the popular Avocado restaurant is going to wow London with their green and healthy creations.

What to expect
From March 11th till 24th, the infamous Dutch Avocado restaurant will touch down in London’s Bluebird Chelsea for two weeks only. They will be serving 5 of their famous dishes including the Instagrammable Avo Garden, The Bun Burger, and The Benny Boy.

Bluebird Chelsea
Bluebird Chelsea Source

The Avo Burger Bun

Sustainable?
The avocado show received a lot of questions regarding their Avocado’s and that it may be healthy, but not always sustainable. Because of this, co-founder Ron Simpson traveled to South America to see with their own eyes, if their avocados are produced in a sustainable way. They made a short documentary that you can watch here.

The Interior
Besides the green on your plate, you can also expect a lush green interior at the London Avocado Show pop-up. Bluebird Chelsea is known for it’s lavish dinner parties and stunning terrace, is the perfect spot for the Avocado Show pop-up. We told you that you had to make space on your phone didn’t we?

The Avocado Show

The Avocado Show Pop-Up
Bluebird Chelsea
350 King’s Road, Chelsea
London, England
Website

Happy Avocado eating this March!

Elke

Mr Black and the White Ox | Utrecht’s new 2-in-1 culinary escapade

Some days you just want to amp up the volume and treat yourself to something a little nicer, or a lot nicer. Cue in Utrecht’s newcomer; Mr Black and the White Ox. Located a little outside of Utrecht’s buzzing city center in Douwe Egberts’ old headquarter building, this new hotspot is the little culinary escapade we are all craving.

Mr Black and the White Ox

Away from the slightly pretentious, hip new places popping up (no shade, some days all we want is an instagramable stack of pancakes), Mr Black and the White Ox decided they were gonna show us how it should be done and brought their A-game. Whether you feel into top-notch lunch without breaking the bank or want to go all in with a night of fine dining, Utrecht’s new two-in-one venue plays in both courts.

mr black and the white ox

Mr Black and the White Ox

Lunch at Mr Black
By day, Mr Black is charge or the kitchen. The menu offers a selection of brunch-y items; from the traditional egg dishes, soups, salads and burgers to other worldly delicacies such as carpaccio, shakshuka, burrata and other worldly delicacies. Now whatever you are picturing? Kick it up a notch both in terms of flavors and presentation–I mean have you ever seen or tasted balsamico spheres? In our humble opinion, this is pretty much as good as it gets at this price point (around 10-15€ per dish, and they are rather filling). In a nutshell; Mr Black is ticking our boxes: delicious, eye-pleasing, affordable, and very important in my case, very vegetarian-friendly.

 

Cocktails!
Did I hear cocktails? Those are a selling point in my books, and Mr Black and the White Ox delivered in style. I am not just talking basics, although the wine collection is very impressive and a true step-up from your every-bar offering–I’m talking funky, out-of-the-box cocktails. We let ourselves be tempted by an Elderflower Spritz and what I believe was called ‘Call Me Honey’, and as far creativity and taste go, those were a home run.

cocktail

sign restaurant
We agree with Mr Black and the White Ox

Fine dining at the White Ox
Dinner time? The White Ox is taking over, and he’s here to impress. The White Ox side of the venue is only open Thursday to Sunday for dinner and requires reservation (see information below). It is a carefully crafted fine dining experience, including a wine pairing add-on for those who want to take advantage of the serious wine expertise of the hosts (there is even a ‘wine room’ at the back of the dinner hall, which also happens to be rentable). Guests can join in for a 3-, 4- or 5-course menu, ranging €34-46 p.p. (add €18-32 for wine pairing), in an intimate, elegant, retro-inspired decor.

Mr Black and the White Ox

If, as you should, you are curious to pay either Mr Black or The White Ox a visit, let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Hungrily yours,

Mathilde

Mr Black & The White Ox
Vleutensevaart 100,  Utrecht
Website 
NB: The top floor’s old board meeting room is available for private functions, and offers a magnificent view over the river.

*Mathilde is one of our guest editors who lives in Utrecht. She was born in Geneva, Switzerland, and currently works in Amsterdam as a Field Marketing Executive. She’s going to keep us updated on what’s happening in Utrecht and it’s surroundings!

Bam Boa will open at Girassol’s old location!

For the last week or so, we have seen some pretty photo’s and “coming soon” messages passing by our Instagram feed. We can now tell you that there is a new hotspot coming by the name of Bam Boa!

The closing of Girassol
A few months ago the owners of Girassol decided to close their modern Portuguese restaurant after 35 years. A great shame because it was such a wonderful place that was visited by many locals. Girassol was located next to the waters of Amsterdam, bringing sunshine to the neighbourhood with boats stopping to grab dinner during sunset. So we are happy to announce that the same location is getting a new name and vibe!

Bam Boa

Bam Boa
They just announced their name so we are here to tell you it first. Together with influencer and entrepreneur Kae Sutherland, the 2 brothers who took over Girassol from their parents, are behind it all. They thought it was time for something new, and if we have to believe the photo’s, the restaurant will have a boho look & feel.

Bam Boa Amsterdam

The outside terrace will get a makeover and it will have beachy elements. They will be open for healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We can’t wait for this one to open!

Bam Boa
Weesperzijde 135, Amsterdam
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Eat & Dance at MILK Café Amsterdam

Music venue The Melkweg has been around for ages, but did you know they recently opened up a café/restaurant on the Marnixstraat? We checked out MILK Café.

We had to look for the way in, but MILK Café is located across from the DeLaMar Theater and joins the entrance with Melkweg Expo, which MILK café customers can visit for free. The interior has been inspired by the American diner look, but with black & white colour schemes. It’s a relatively big space filled with natural light and has several seating spots by the window which makes it great for people watching. (oh how we love that!) The art on the wall and flowers on the tables, make the café a pleasant place to walk into. 

Interior MILK Café Amsterdam

MILK café

The Menu
The lunch menu isn’t very extensive, but there is something for everyone. From a stack of pancakes (these are very good by the way), to eggs benedict or spicy chicken on bread. Yes, there are also vegan options. For dinner they serve Ramen, Risotto, the Galaxy Burger, Fish and a weekly special. The menu will change per season, is prepared with (mostly) organic ingredients, and has some Asian influences. For a 3-course menu you pay a set price of €30,-.

Food at MILK Café Amsterdam

Eat & Dance
The extra good thing about MILK Café is, that you can combine your dinner with a dance at the Melkweg. The toilets are literally connected in the same space. The Melkweg has live performanes as well as many DJ’s and Techno Tuesday for those who like to dance until the early hours. Check the complete agenda to see what’s on.

Bar MILK Café

MILK Café
Marnixstraat 409, Amsterdam
Open from 11am till 1am / Weekend till 3am
Website

Love,

Elke

Vondelpark3 Amsterdam launched their new Keto Menu!

Vondelpark, one of the most beautiful (green) gems of Amsterdam. A perfect place for a lazy Sunday walk, a giant playground for dogs, or for a really surprising lunch or dinner at Kitchen & Bar Vondelpark3. Even as a local resident, I’ve never eaten here before, so this had to change. Let’s zoom in on the so-called ‘living room of the vondelpark’ that has just launched a new “interesting” menu.

Vondelpark3, home away from home
With expectations on mode zero and totally soaked, my boyfriend and I walked in for a date night. Immediately, my eyes were caught by a couple of cognac colour Chesterfields, absolutely loved it. Furthermore, the wooden interior with a touch of pastels was on fleek. And what about the ambiance? From entry it really felt like home away from home. Let’s say ‘laidback’, ‘cosy’ and ‘warm.’ They had set the tone with their unique identity!

Food at Vondelpark3

In short, Keto is a low-carb, high-fat diet that offers lots of health benefits.

Menu based on the Keto diet
The brand new menu is inspired by the Ketogenic diet. Keto what?! To be honest, I had never heard of the Keto diet. Searching on the web gave me an overload of scientific data, I was even stumbled on a diet buzzword. In short, Keto is a low-carb, high-fat diet that offers lots of health benefits. The reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state which stimulates to use fat as a primary fuel source instead of the carbs. Heya fat burner! A couple of months ago the sympathetic chef Dave was inspired by one of Belgians most cutting-edge vegan and Keto chefs. With his wealth of experience – from brown café till Michelin-starred restaurant – he was motivated to do something quite different ánd healthy. Et voilà, a menu based on the Keto diet was the outcome.

Vondelpark3 new menu

It’s up to you whether you pick a real Keto dish or a healthy dish with just a little bit more fat or carbs.

Healthy food without compromises
Curious what’s on the ‘wholesome pleasures’ menu? What do you think of Cauliflower Power, Wealthy Wagyu, Tempting Tempura or Shocking Choco. Whatever you choose, colourful veggies are in the lead. Carbs don’t take centre stage. It’s up to you whether you pick a real Keto dish (marked with a ‘K’) or a healthy dish with maybe just a little bit more fat or carbs. So, something for everyone. By checking out the rich menu your eyes will caught by the nutritional values. They’ve nothing to hide. And why would they if all their food is high in vitamins. The Keto menu is a dinner concept. But I’ve been told that also their breakfast and lunch contain healthy and even vegan options.

food

This spot really deserves the claim ‘one size fits all.’ From a runner who needs a coffee with apple pie break till a relaxed business dinner. Looking sharp or comfy, come as you’re. Thanks for having me Vondelpark3, it was a great pleasure!

P.S. Mark the 15th of November in your agenda, because they’ll organize their first wakey-wakey event: Prework. Early birds expect live beats, hearty and healthy breakfast and a talk from an inspiring TEDx speaker. Stop hitting the snooze button, kick-start your workday.

Cheers,

Sharmaine

Bar & Kitchen Vondelpark3
Vondelpark 3, Amsterdam
Website

Opening hours: Mondays till Tuesdays 10:00 – 18:00
Wednesdays and Saturdays: 10:00 – 0:00
Sundays: 10:00 – 20:00

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The Corner Amsterdam, an oldie but a goodie

If you follow us, you’re probably used to see the latest hotspots in and around Amsterdam on our platform. But that doesn’t mean that the café’s, restaurants and lunchrooms, that have been around for a while, aren’t any good. I got an invitation from a café/restaurant in Amsterdam that has been around for ages. After some research I found out that apparently, they serve one of the best tomato soups in Amsterdam! Time to find out..

The Corner has been around for many years, but the latest owner, has run her business for the last 18 years. She invited me so I could test the menu and write an honest review. And if you know me, I’m honest as can be! What I immediately noticed, is that The Corner has a huge terrace, facing the RAI. Why haven’t I been here before? I wondered. The sun shines here from the early afternoon until about 5pm, so it’s the perfect lunchspot.

The meatball, tomato soup and the mussels at The Corner, have been voted the best in Amsterdam

Once inside, I am welcomed by the owner Danielle and the manager. True local Amsterdammers, all the way though. Spirits are high and the music is loud. The bar is the center piece of The Corner and the bar seats are rarely empty. Yes, The Corner has many locals that come in for the occasional beer and chitchat. Danielle tells me that up until a few years ago, The Corner was a typical Dutch café, where you could drink and party until the early hours. But even though this was very successful, it was time for an upgrade. They refurbished 5 years ago and Danielle decided to put more focus on the menu, instead of just being a night café. And with success! Last year their meatball, tomato soup and mussels have been voted as the best in town by popular newspaper Het Parool.

Mosselen
Their famous mussels

The Menu
The menu is quite large and has many options, for vegetarians or meatlovers alike. Some of the highlights are without doubt The Dutch meatball, The tomato soup, but you can go crazy on several sandwiches, salads, burgers with fries or special plates. I have to say that the chef was a bit keen on adding salt, so if you like your food less salty, do ask. I tried the soup and shrimp salad and my boyfriend Jesse enjoyed steak with fries. The soup was just the way I hoped it was and included a hint of pesto. Jesse was all smiles, so that says enough. I am curious about the mussels though, so if you get the chance, go try them! I know not every restaurant pulls it off.


Toasted bread and dips


The famous tomato soup!


My shrimp salad

Verdict: The Corner is a great place to meet up with friends, enjoy that Amsterdam “gezelligheid” and eat good food for a reasonable price. The large terrace get’s an extra thumbs up. It’s not your latest avocado, pink wall, unicorn cakes kinda place, but it’s an oldie that deserves a visit. If you get the chance, go and say hi to Danielle, she’s lovely and will make sure you want to come back.

Love,

Elke

Back to Nature Tour with Moer Amsterdam

A few weeks ago I was invited to a special ‘Back to Nature’ event. Organised by restaurant MOER, a unique chance to find out where the food on my plate was actually coming from. On the 2nd of September, they are hosting the first event for consumers.

MOER is a restaurant in Amsterdam where vegetables take the centre stage. Is it vegan? No, but they do believe in smaller portions of meat and fish, and eat more vegetables instead. With the focus on sustainability, they avoid the big suppliers and strictly work with local farmers where they get their vegetables from. I was exited to meet some of the farmers, and see where their vegetables grow.

MOER
Restaurant MOER

Green Vingers
We started the tour at restaurant MOER where taxi’s brought us to Amsterdam West where we drove into the meadows.. and on one meadow you’ll find Groenhartig. A lavish and pretty vegetable garden. Upon arrival, we walked into the garden where we could find a party tent with a large decorated table. After a welcome snack, which was vegetable ceviche, we enjoyed a matching wine. I could get used to this on a Tuesday! After a quick tour in the garden, we could pick our own vegetables which would later be prepared into wonderful delicious dishes. It’s so nice to eat food when you know where it’s coming from! After three courses we went back to the restaurant where we enjoyed our dessert. 

Moer tomatoes
Pretty reds

Moer
Seasonal vegetables, prepared by the chefs of restaurant MOER

restaurant Moer
Picking veggies at Groenhartig

Now YOU do the tour
It was such a great day, it felt like I left the big city for a moment and got to experience a full dinner experience! Groenhartig always opens up their garden, so take a peek if you will! If you do want to try the whole Back to Nature experience like I did, MOER is hosting this event on the 2nd of September, and has space for 25 people.

What do you get?

  • A free (electric) taxi ride to and from the location
  • 5 course-meal
  • Tour on the vegetable farm plus amuse
  • Wine paring
  • Cooking workshop
  • Several wines to accompany the meals
    You can apply here. Come hungry because they will be serving 5 courses!  and go back in nature for a day, because in a city like Amsterdam, you just sometimes need time for yourself and each other.

Love,

Michelle

*All pictures by Kirsten Van Santen unless stated otherwise

The Pressroom Amsterdam, Upgraded!

INK Hotel Amsterdam just launched their new edition of their very own restaurant, PRESSROOM. It’s not an extreme make-over but definitely an upgrade! Here’s what changed:

Interior upgrades
The interior only got a few upgrades but just enough to change the atmosphere. It now breaths more “full grown restaurant” instead of only the dining lobby of a restaurant. The decoration is modern but not too hipster. It’s the place to go to for a late night chat, a serious work discussion or a good meal (and not only for your Instagram feed). 


Open kitchen at Pressroom

Cocktails at Pressroom Amsterdam

Fun fact: Did you know that INK hotel is located in the building which used to belong to the former printer press of the newspaper ‘De Tijd’? You can find some nice details in the hotel that honor this history. So talking about late night chats; if you’re out of subjects to talk about of your date is getting awkward, try finding all those details.

The menu
Good food without difficulties: you see what you eat and you taste what you see. The chef finds inspiration around the globe but uses local ingredients, which I  very much encourage. There are not many good restaurants around Dam square where you can have a good meal with fresh products, without being designated to high society (read: expensive) hotspots. At PRESSROOM you will find a good price to quality ratio, accessible for all types or company. 

Pressroom Amsterdam
Too pretty to eat?

Dinner at Pressroom
Cheers!

Tip: unfortunately I didn’t have the chance to go, yet. But this one is definitely on my wish list: The Bottemless Brunch at INK hotel. For only €29,- p.p. you can drown yourself in bubbles, pancakes and savory dishes. And all that on a Sunday! In the end the best weeks starts with a hangover. 

See you at Pressroom?

Pressroom
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 67, Amsterdam
Website

Love,

Eva

*Eva is one of our guest bloggers from Amsterdam. She’s a city girl who only leaves her heels at home when wearing a backpack. Living by the urge to be where she’s not, to explore, experience, fall and get up. You can follow her on Instagram.

Venster33 » Not a new spot, but definitely a hotspot!

Normally when it comes to brand new hotspots, I’m like a fish that sees the bait. As soon as they pop up, I want to drop by. But this time I shine some light on an established one: Restaurant Venster33. I hear you think ‘why not a new spot’? It’s the older family member of Miss Moneypenny, and because my boyfriend and I were so enthusiastic about their shareable food, ambiance, and hospitality, they invited us immediately for a dinner at Venster33. We said yes! (obviously)

The story behind restaurant Venster33 Amsterdam
Two years ago I moved to the increasingly popular Eastern part of Amsterdam, hello hello lovely Javastraat. Since that moment I’m not a frequent cyclist to De Pijp. But sometimes it’s great to go back to my old neighbourhood, brings back good memories. Enough, let’s talk about restaurant Venster33. They’re up and running since 2015. This month they celebrate their third anniversary on the 26th whoop whoop! Good job Cas Jansen and your two companions / childhood friends. All three are Amsterdammers in heart and soul. The city love was an aspect they really wanted to highlight in their laid-back restaurant. That’s why all what they do has something to do with Amsterdam. Think about the famous Holtkamp bitterballen (by far my faves), tasteful wines of the colourful wine brand Grapedistrict, and daily fresh fish from the Albert Cuyp market.

Venster33 outside
Venster33 has enough space to sit outside Source

All day long up and running
The three food Musketeers had the idea to create a relaxed place for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. Recently they switched their whole menu. They’ve extended their assortment of small dishes to mix and match. And besides that, they’ve ’put some new more diet-friendly main dishes on the menu. More and more often they got the question for vegetarian, gluten- and lactose-free options. So voilà, they’ve taken it into account in their new menu.

I saw a lot of pretty cocktails leaving the bar

From a quick bite, till an extensive dinner
After my visit at Miss Moneypenny, my expectations were high with a capital ‘H’ for Venster33. The two have a totally different style, but the same welcoming vibe. Unfortunately, both of us were in a ‘no alcohol period’, so ginger beer it was! I did see a lot of pretty cocktails leaving the bar, so definitely don’t hesitate to go for the Grab Some Grape GT, the Apes and Apples or The Young Cuban cocktail. 


Pretty tasty drinks at Venster33

Food at Venster33 Amsterdam
Steak tartar

We started with some shareable food. Especially the steak tartare was very tasteful. For round #2 we decided to choose individually a main dish. I’ll never be the biggest meat lover, but my juicy leg of lamb was as it has to be. Tha boyfriend also appreciated his manly Picanha steak Brazilian BBQ style. Love to spice up your food? The last one is your match made in heaven. And surprise, surprise: we shared the choco lava cake and one of my favourite cheesecakes in town. Well hello food baby!

Yes, This golden oldie is worth visiting, no doubt. Thumbs up for the concept: mix and match or go for whole dishes, it’s totally up to you. Special likes goes to the sincere staff, bizarre how it can make or break your whole experience. So one more must-try for your food bucket list, no thanks!

Venster33
Eerste van der Helststraat 42, Amsterdam

020-3626423
Facebook /Instagram

Sunday till Thursday 10:30 till 01:00, Friday and Saturday 10:00 til 03:00

Love,

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!