Café Cómodo brings latin flavours to Amsterdam!

Café Cómodo has been around for 2 years but we had never tried their food, until now. The café/restaurant has entered into a partnership with a talented, Argentinian chef that has been cooking at a high level for years at the Hyatt in Mendoza. Expect honest dishes, straight from the heart, with a good dose of Argentinian creativity!

Located in Amsterdam Old West district, near the Kinkerstraat, you’ll find Café Cómodo, a cozy looking café where people come to socialise. With their brand new menu and all star chef, they offer South American dishes with a twist!

The new chef at Café Cómodo

Exiting news because Café Cómodo have a brand new chef by the name of Emiliano Gurrera. Originally from Argentina, Emiliano is combining South American cuisine with the inspiration he has gained on his travels. Previously, he has been the appointed chef at the Hyatt Hotel in Mendoza for many years, before moving to Amsterdam.

At Café Cómodo I get the freedom to cook food that makes me happy. My cooking style is a lot easier than before, but I hope the guests will enjoy the taste even more!


Chef Emiliano Gurrera at Café Cómodo

The brand new menu

On the menu are dishes such as Cómodo’s Octopus (baked in breadcrumbs – red pepper jam – pickled beets – fruit vinegar, our favourite!), Sea bass ceviche (marinated in spicy sweet and sour sauce – avocado mousse – roasted corn), Belly Malbec, Tamales de Humita (corn – red pepper – onion – roasted red cabbage), Poulet Noir (chicken marinated in salmuera – lime – spicy sauce), Côte de Boeuf and Brownie (with dulce de leche and coffee crumble). The perfect South American comfort food.

Café Comodo pancakes

Café Comodo salad

Octopus Cafe1 Comodo

Catch up with cocktails

As you may know, Amsterdam is full of tasty hotspots but not all of them offer a place that is nice enough to stay around after the food is finished. At Café Cómodo you can stick around because they offer a lovely cocktail menu, plus I personally like the atmosphere. When you enter, Cómodo looks a lot like a typical café in Amsterdam, but walk ahead and you will find a seating area and the open kitchen.

cocktails

Thank you for inviting us, we will be back!

Café Cómodo
Jan Pieter Heijestraat 110, Amsterdam
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Love,

Elke

Top 10 Asian restaurants in Amsterdam

We can’t deny that Asian food is extremely popular in the Netherlands. Time for a list.

With Chinese, Indonesian, Thai, Japanese and upcoming Korean cuisines, Amsterdam is a melting pot of Asian flavours. We’ve lined up 10 amazing Asian restaurants in Amsterdam that we think you should try.

Bo Nam

Apparently, all the cool people go here. We went and boy, the food and atmosphere was certainly cool enough to keep coming back! Located in the lively district in Amsterdam near Leidse square, it somehow still attracts the locals and hasn’t become a place full of tourists that want to eat quickly and leave. With R&B and Hiphop playing though the speakers, it makes Bo Nam the perfect place to eat, drink and socialize for hours. Even though the food concept is Vietnamese, Bo Nam offers a lot of different flavours on the menu but you can find 5 different spring rolls variations, bao’s, tasty prawns, salads and noodle dishes. 

Asian restaurants in Amsterdam Bo Nam
Source: Bo Nam

Ron Gastrobar Indonesian Downtown, Rokin 49

Firstly, we think this restaurant looks amazing inside. If you want to go all out and leave with an experience of food, ambience and entertainment, you should definitely visit Ron Gastrobar Indonesian Downtown. Honestly, the food isn’t just a pretty sight. It’s well spiced, carefully thought of and defines the Indonesian flavours very well. The wine and cocktail menu is also impressive. We will be back.

Ron Gastrobar Downtown Indonesia

Branie, Ten Katestraat 26

This tiny restaurant is one of Amsterdam’s best kept secrets when it comes to Asian restaurants. So what does Branie stand for? In fact, the name means daredevil, but in a cheeky way. It totally reflects the menu and a-ma-zing cocktails. They serve innovating Indonesian style food such as tea salad, soft shell crab bao and sweet desserts. Come to Branie with friends or a lover. You’ll have a good night.

Branie KFC bucket

Full Moon Garden, Leidsestraat 94

If you say DimSum, we are there in a heartbeat. This was by far the best DimSum we ate in Amsterdam. Relatively new, they invited us in their opening month and we couldn’t stop eating. The dumplings tasted exactly like they are suppose to taste, and if you are vegetarian, try the Chinese broccoli or eggplant with peppers. Yum! Read our full review!

Full Moon Garden Amsterdam

Umani by Han, Ovetoom

Located on the always busy Overtoom in Amsterdam, Umani opened about 3 years ago. This concept was founder by renowned Chinese chef Han Ji. restaurant is large and feels homely with a Asian style bar at the entrance. The open kitchen looks amazing and the Asian accessories and wall art completes the look & feel. They also open during the day for a quick business lunch or à la card meal, but you can also walk in for a coffee or glass of wine. A three course menu costs €27,50 which we think is very reasonable. Read more about Umami by Han.

Best Asian restaurants in Amsterdam, Umami

A-Fusion, Zeedijk 130

This place is Sarah’s favourite Asian restaurant in Amsterdam! It’s a family run restaurant where they serve amazing tasteful dishes from California rolls, steamed oysters and dumplings to beef in black pepper and chicken in curry sauce. It’s a combination of Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Korean dishes. Besides that all the products they use are fresh and there’s a very pleasant up-tempo and excellent service. Reserve your table here.

Kyoto Sushi, Central Station

Go where the locals eat. The advise that is actually true. Good news, because at Kyoto Sushi you will find a lot of Japanese people eating. Even though they offer an all you can eat concept, it surely is the best one we’ve had in this category. Their prawns, good gawd, try them. We usually stop at round 4, but at Kyoto we push till round 5! Add Kyoto to your favourite Asian restaurant list.

Best Asian restaurants, Kyoto Café

Chin Chin Club, Rozengracht 133

Dimsum and karaoke is always a great combination and the owners of the ChinChin Club must have noticed because the Asian trend is growing in Europe. Expect confusion Chinese food, fun cocktails, nostalgic games and late-night dancing. Chin Chin Club is the place where that one last drink turned into one too many. Go here with friends and sing while you eat! 

Restaurant Blauw, Amstelveenseweg 158-160

Surely you want to get fancy now and then. At Restaurant Blauw you can go all out on fancy Indonesian food. If you want, you can also order a la carte but we definitely recommend what restaurant Blauw is famous for. The traditional “rijsttafel” which is translated to rice table, is brought to another level here. Beautiful small plates are set around the table, filled with delicious Indonesian food. restaurantblauw.nl

best Asian restaurants in Amsterdam. Blauw

New King, Zeedijk 115

This list wouldn’t be complete without the infamous New King right? Located in China Town in Amsterdam, it’s a crime if you haven’t tried this Chinese restaurant. Unfortunately, it’s always busy so you must reserve a spot to avoid disappointment at the door. The food portions are large so be wise what to order. newking.nl

All things considered, there are many many more Asian restaurants in Amsterdam, but we can guarantee that these are the ones you will love.

Also, find out where our favourite lunch restaurants are!

Enjoy!

Wander-Lust

WILLEM DE BRUIN OPENT RESTAURANT ANNA DU PIRE

Gevierd solo artiest en de andere helft van de populaire hiphop groep De Opposites, slaat even helemaal een andere weg in en opent deze maand zijn allereerste bar/restaurant.

Willem de Bruin, bekend van zijn geprezen solo album Man in Nood staat voor uitverkochte zalen, speelde al eerder de sterren van de hemel in de film Catacombe, maar laat zich nu van een andere kant zien; als ondernemer. Hij opent namelijk een gloednieuwe bar/restaurant Anna du Pire, in het hart van de Pijp in Amsterdam.

Willem de Bruin

Bar Anna du Pire
Photo: Willem de Bruin

Wie is Anna du Pire?

De naam komt van de eerste vrouw van Bartholomeus van der Helst en leidde een leven vol kunst en rijkdom. Anna was een graag geziene gast in de kunst schilders wereld en was bevriend met vrouwelijk kunstschilders van die tijd. Vandaag omschrijft Willem haar als een zelfstandige vrouw. Een echte bohemian. Ze reist de wereld rond en haar ervaringen en de verhalen die ze opdoet tijdens haar leven vertalen zich in het menu en interieur. Hij heeft er voor gekozen om deze keer niet op de voorgrond te staan, maar het concept van Anna du Pire te laten spreken. Zo wordt er dus ook niet over de “eigenaren” gesproken, maar verwijst men naar Anna.

Bar
Binnen Anna du Pire is het smal en cozy. Foto Willem de Bruin

Omdat Anna du Pire als persoon ongrijpbaar is speelt ze met de rijke fantasie van haar gasten. De suggestie van haar aanwezigheid laat ruimte over voor interpretatie. – Willem

Food and Wine

Het brede spectrum van Anna’s wereld vind je terug in het menu.

Het Menu

De menukaart bij Anna du Pire zal velen invloeden kennen. Anna houdt van reizen en raakt geïnspireerd door verschillende culturen. Je vindt er dus niet één cuisine. Op dit moment kun je tot 7 december de eerste try-out kaart komen proeven en zal er daarna gewerkt worden aan vaste kaart. Een ding wat zeker is; er zal goede wijn en eten worden geserveerd. Daarnaast zullen er wine tastings plaatsvinden, gezellige Sunday Brunches en natuurlijk mogen de muziekanten en DJ’s ook niet ontbreken. En dat is dan toch het linkje met Willem.

Anna du Pire
Eerste van der Helststraat 72, Amsterdam
Website / Instagram

x Elke

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AN AQUARIUM RESTAURANT JUST OPENED ON BALI!

For years, Bali has been innovative when it comes to trendy restaurants that attracts travellers from all over the world. But no one has ever opened this kind of restaurant.

The Apurva Kempinski Hotel on Bali is one of the most luxurious hotels on the island and has recently opened their restaurant Koral, set next and under an aquarium. 

Girl in aquarium restaurant
Aquarium Restaurant done well. Photo by Heydi Paramitha, via Tripvanvas

As a result, dining has never been the same!

Even more, they serve delicious seafood and grilled specialities with local ingredients and Bali flavours, in an unforgettable setting. 

So, when are you booking a table

Are you curious about this hotel? Check our stay in Kempinski Doha!

Love,

Wander-Lust

WesterVilla Amsterdam | Boutique Hotel & restaurant

Tucked away in a hidden, yet beautiful part of Amsterdam, you can find the newly opened WesterVilla. A luxurious building that will feature as a hotel, restaurant and bar.

The villa, that dates back to 1896, is located next to the Vredenbrug cemetery and has been completely refurbished. Westervilla is now ready to receive  its first guests.

A PLACE FOR EVERYONE TO UNWIND, WHERE COMFORT IS KEY, AS IS HOSPITALITY.

The Restaurant

For the purpose of all day guests, WesterVilla has build the restaurant area in the glass veranda. This results in a wonderful view and the perfect place for breakfast and lunch if we may say so. In total there will be space for about 70 guests, a large terrace, plus there will be a private area big enough for 50 people that will also be used for the cemetery. The menu will mainly consists of international dishes with Italian influences, which is good news for food and wine lovers! (who doesn’t love Italian food, right?) On the breakfast menu you’ll find avocado on toast but also vegan pancakes or granola. For lunch you can feast on burrata, antipasti, sandwiches and much more.

Lunch WesterVilla
Not the best presentation, but it was tasty!

WesterVilla Restaurant

The Hotel

In total, the hotel has 7 beautiful rooms, all designed with classical features. The interior has been designed by House Your Brands in collaboration with stylist Sanne Uivel. Rooms are not available to book yet, but we will keep you posted on that one.

Bedsheets Westervilla

In essence, WesterVilla is now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

WesterVilla
Haarlemmerweg 369, Amsterdam
Open from 8AM- 10PM

Website / Instagram

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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

Jacobsz, the restaurant in Amsterdam that sticks around

As you know, Amsterdam has countless so called “hotspots” that are poppin’ up like mushrooms. Some are trendy for a bit and disappear quite quickly. But some restaurants are here to stay. Jacobsz belongs to the ones that stick around, and we’re going to tell you why.

Jacobsz is located right on the corner of the Middenweg/Ringdijk in Amsterdam’s Eastside. The restaurant is situated inside a monumental building and thanks its name to the architect that designed the building many years ago.

Legend says that Napoleon received the key to the gates of old Amsterdam right here, 200 years ago.

Ever changing menu

There is no easy way to describe the menu at Jacobsz because they change it about every 7 weeks, but we can best describe it as good, honest seasonal food, accompanied by the best wines. Ordering is pretty simple. You can go for a 3, 4, or 5-course menu that includes carefully chosen wines from different regions. If you are up for it, you can also opt for the 6-course menu, which is only ordered per table. If you know me, you know I went for the last option. Wow. Even the amuse with mushroom and cream made me talk about Jacobsz for the next 2 weeks.

Jacobz Amsterdam
One of the current dishes at Jacobsz

I have to admit, I didn’t understand every ingredient that our waiter explained, but I didn’t care. It suited perfectly with the wines they served with each separate dish. Because I am a vegetarian I was a bit worried that I would get less better version of what my man had, but no. You couldn’t even compare the dishes he had.

Wine at restaurant Jacobz
Every bottle is suits a different dish

It might have something to do with the fact that most ingredients at Jacobsz are seasonal and local.

Menu Jacobsz

The Ambiance at Jacobsz

When I visit a restaurant, the ambience is just as important to me as the food. Needless to say that the interior at Jacobsz is simple but warm. Filled with people from all walks of life. Young professionals, couples, business partners or grandparents with their children. They all come back here to taste their ever changing menu. For those sunny days you have Bolder, their private terrace that you can book for gatherings and parties.

Jacobsz
Simple, but stylish

In conclusion, Jacobsz is here to stay and has officially been crowned one of the best restaurants by us and the people of Amsterdam.

Let us know when you are planning to go!

Love,

Elke

Jacobsz
Ringdijk 1, Amsterdam
Website

The Avocado Show Downtown

After the first Avocado Show opened in De Pijp and their second extension The Avocado Show To Go on the Willemsparkweg in Amsterdam, The Avocado Show completes its formula when the new Avocado Show Downtown opens from 11th of July. 

Last night, the first lucky few could taste the menu of the brand new Avocado Show Downtown

It’s pretty healthy food

As with all other locations of The Avocado Show, every dish at Downtown is made with love from sustainable avocados – with a focus on taste, presentation and originality. Healthy dishes that also look nice on the plate. They call it pretty healthy food, and let’s be honest, it is! This results in classic dishes with an avocado twist like the bun burgers are also on the menu. But also innovative dishes such as avocado fries and vegan peanut butter avo ice cream. Every dish is carefully styled for color in order to make breakfast, lunch or dinner not only healthy but also pretty. Both at the table and at delivery or takeaway.

The Avocado Show Downtown food

On an iconic location, The Avocado Show Downtown serves a new dinner experience alongside the well-known breakfast and lunch dishes, including spectacular poké bowls, salads, burgers, avocado fries, tacos and truffle guacamole.

From waiting in line to reservations

While you still have to stand in line at the Pijp location, the Avocado Show Downtown location on Keizersgracht makes it easier than ever to score a spot. The sunny terrace and the restaurant with the signature interior, offers more than 100 seats for breakfast, lunch and dinner. As always, walk-ins are welcome, but at this location it is also possible to make a reservation via the website.

Avocado Show Downtown Amsterdam
Pretty food at the Avocado Show Downtown

The avocado style

In addition to a menu of pretty healthy food, juices and cocktails, guests at The Avocado Show Downtown also find the entire lifestyle collection of merchandise, cookbooks and own food items. Thanks to a flexible event space, developed in collaboration with MADE.COM, it will soon also be possible to attend avocado cooking workshops and celebrate special moments.

The Avocado Show Downtown
Keizersgracht 449, Amsterdam
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IJver Amsterdam

There is a new restaurant in Amsterdam North we want you to know about! Located in the former Scheepsbouwloods at the NDSM wharf, you will find IJver.

Location & Interior

Where the IJhallen flea market is held every month, an eight-meter high restaurant with a large terrace is being build. Entrepreneurs Reinout Ezinga, Sikko de Jong, Tim Jongens, Herman Klukkert and Arne Kleijn, together with their designers, combined the authentic and industrial elements of the robust building with bright colours, plants, comfortable furniture and special objects. For a rugged look, the walls are covered with cold-rolled steel that has been manually worked with a gas burner. The restaurant space has a flexible layout so that costumers can have meetings, presentations and host parties from 5 to 500 people. Good news; there will be an outside terrace too!

IJver Amsterdam interior

IJver Amsterdam
Interior IJver Amsterdam

Quirky dishes

The menu at IJver is a fresh mix of Dutch and French cuisine, compiled by chef and culinary adviser Herman Klukkert. Herman uses ingredients from Dutch soil, with a nod to the quirky of Amsterdam. Beer is an important ingredient, in the bar and in the kitchen. Think of a Weizenbier stew in, a fresh hoppy IPA dressing with young veggies and a slush puppy made from cherry beer.

Menu ijver Amsterdam
Food at IJver

In addition to cooking on the charcoal grill, IJver distinguishes itself with special snacks: from authentic curry sausage to jerk chicken, from home-made piccalilly with old cheese to Dutch-made charcuterie. In addition, IJver has a selection of pickled, preserved and preserved fruit and vegetables. Not only to uphold the Amsterdam tradition of investing, but also to make optimum use of what the season has to offer.

Food at IJver Amsterdam

Beer & Wine

IJver has 34 taps(!), serves beer cocktails and has around a hundred different bottled beers. Wine lovers will also find what they are looking for with a wonderful range of wines from a local wine supplier.

IJver 
Scheepsbouwkade 72, Amsterdam
Website 

Love,

Elke

Yuan’s Hot Pot | Traditional Chinese Fondue

Preparing food in a hotpot is a traditional Chinese cooking method where a simmering pot of Chinese soup base fills the middle of the dining table. During dinner, guests drop their favourite fish, meat, frogs (oh yes) or veggies in the bubbling hot pot (Chuan Chuan Xiang). You can compare it to a traditional fondue, but better and also a bit healthier because you are not frying your ingredients. Yuan’s Hot Pot is the first of its kind based in Amsterdam. 

Yuan's Hot Pot

How it works

You start off by picking the base of your soup.Tip: be careful with your choice in the level of spice. These levels are curated on the tongues of the Asians, therefore, the half-half spicy is already very spicy! You can try it out anyway if you’re a bit stubborn, they can also make it less spicy by adding some more cooked water. Whatever you’ll choose, there are enough ingredients to choose from. At Yuan’s Hot Pot, you order your favourite dishes and drinks on a tablet and add them into your digital basket. Very 2019. What you order arrives at the table on bamboo skewers. The hot pot keeps simmering while you place the skewers into the soup and wait a couple minutes until it’s cooked and ready to eat.

Yuan's Hot Pot Amsterdam

Bring your friends!

In my opinion Yuan’s Hot Pot is not the kind of restaurant you’ll bring your date to, but I’ll leave that up to you. The interior doesn’t scream “Instagram hotspot” but this is what makes it authentic and traditional. As a result, you will see a lot of Asian customers and this is always a good sign! You’ll have more fun with family or friends around the table and time flies by while the soup boils. It’s also nice to reserve a table with more people than two, because you will be able to try and share more. This way you might be brave enough to order the frog legs, which are a real recommendation! Another option and less scary than the frog legs: shrimp dumplings (we ordered this up to five times). If you are a vegetarian or vegan, you have plenty of choice too!

Yuan's Hot Pot Vegetables

Yuan’s Hot Pot is the first restaurant in Amsterdam with this Hot Pot concept.

Why visit?

In conclusion, at Yuan’s Hot Pot, you’ll experience the real authentic taste of the Chengdu Hot Pot. This is the first restaurant in Amsterdam with this Hot Pot concept. They pamper their customers with much kindness and their secret family recipe and dishes. Sounds good right? A recipe that has been passed down from generations must be good!

Yuan's Hot Pot

YUAN’S HOT POT
Rijnstraat 51, Amsterdam
Website / Instagram
Monday – Sunday: 12:00 – 22:30

Love,

Larissa

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