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.

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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
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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!

Roootin » The Healthy Middle Eastern Hotspot in Amsterdam

Hello hello newbie, warm welcome to Roootin. For weeks or maybe even months they were renovating their place…and the result doesn’t lie. Don’t expect the usual hotspot with eggs Benedict’s, croque madams and juicy burgers, nops. Time for something new, let’s introduce you to the Middle Eastern cuisine! I think I never had something Iranian or Kurdish before, so let’s zoom in on what they’ve in store for you!

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Interior Roootin Amsterdam

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The story behind Roootin Amsterdam
Roootin is an idea of one Iranian brother, his two sis and their mom. How cool a family have teamed up. During reading the intro you might have thought: Roootin with 3x ‘o’? Yes, and I tell you why. Roootin is a combi of roots and origin. It doesn’t only has to do with their Iranian roots, but also with their interest in the essence of humans, nature, healing power of products…let’s say the roots of things. Mix that with origin and Roootin is born, a place where you can meet the healthy Middle Eastern food.

Amsterdam meets Middle Eastern food
When it’s bedtime I can become such a happy kid by thinking of how my next morning will start: yaaasss breakfast is callin’! Recently my day started even better with a brunch at Roootin. I had no idea what to expect from a Middle Eastern inspired kitchen, I couldn’t mention one typical Iranian, Kurdish or Lebanese dish. A totally new food world opened for this girl with dishes like orange blossom pancakes, labneh, avocado toast the Iranian way and a Kurdish dish called Sawar. Choosing didn’t last long, pancakes for me. Defenitely one of the best I’ve had in Amsterdam, and I can know as probably one of the biggest pancake lovers in town (wink wink). Dropping by at Roootin means experiencing lots of new flavours, unknown homemade dishes and…a bright colour overload! Even when sometimes the sun is hard to find, you can find her here on your plate. Oh and I don’t discuss their complete menu in detail, because it has so much more charm to discover it by yourself.

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Pancakes Iranian style, love them!

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Vegan avo toast, worth tryin’

Roootin, place to charge yourself
Besides I really liked the pancakes and juices, for me the whole atmosphere stood out. No hustle or bustle, just relaxed vibes, laidback music in a modern and above all warm place. East has some places where it is ‘see and be seen’, luckily they’re not that kind of a food spot. In terms of hospitality, they also score super high. In case you’ve a food allergy, nothing is too much to ask. They’re really supportive and focus on specific solutions for every vegan, lactose-intolerant or other special wish.

One last thing: Roootin hopes to further deepen the concept by initiating all kinds of projects that are in line with their philosophy. Think about workshops and yoga classes, you name it. I’ll try more of their brunch food and healthy guilty pleasures as soon as possible, and book a yoga class. Who wants join this beginner yogi?

Love,

Sharmaine

Roootin
Linnaeusstraat 16, Amsterdam
Opening hours: Tuesday till Sunday 09:00 till 17:00, Mondays closed
No reservations
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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

Masterchef winner opens Restaurant Petossi in Haarlem

I’ve got a crush on Haarlem. It’s like the little sister of Amsterdam with all the charming canals, characteristic buildings and lots of trendy (healthy) hotspots, but then without the chaotic overload of tourists. Since this week Haarlem is even more fun by the advent of the brand new Restaurant Petossi. The proud owner is Brabander Bart van Berkel, you might know him as the winner of Masterchef 2014. Last week I was asked by Wander-Lust, to join the official lunch tasting and the opening of this new kid in town. Thumbs up for the well-deserved master chef, I’m a Petossi fan!

The story behind Restaurant Petossi Haarlem
‘OK, what are your first thoughts by seeing the name Petossi?’, I asked my table mates. Most of the foodies, including myself, made the association with ‘la bella Italia’ or the ‘bellissimo Italian cuisine.’ No, wrong! The very sympathetic Bart explained that ‘Petossi’  is actually a kale stew in Brabant, the Dutch southern region where his roots lie. It’s the icon and pride of the Dutch cuisine and a nice story behind the restaurant brand. Petossi stands for seasonal flavors with authentic products and multi culinary influences that play a leading role. And for sure, the Brabant roots and feel have gained their place in the part; raw versus very stylish ambiance.

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Petossi gives you the chance to choose between 2 to 6 courses, from a quick bite to an extensive dinner.

The Petossi menu in a nutshell
Don’t expect a regular menu. No, eating out at Petossi means you’ll be surprised: you’ll have to take potluck! Petossi gives you the chance to choose between 2 to 6 courses, from a quick bite to an extensive dinner. Which number of courses suits you the best? Good to know: their menu changes regularly on the offer of mother nature. And no worries in case you’ve got a food allergy. Notify the team and the creative food brains will create the most delicious, out-of-the-box creations for you.

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Petossi’s interior

Upon entry there was one huge wooden table covered for about 25 foodies. And so cool, they had golden cutlery – no Brabant soberness at all ;)! I was really surprised by the 6 course lunch menu Bart and his team had created. It was all pearls for the eye, pure craftsmanship. I absolutely loved them all, especially the wild duck with sauce of licorice, apple syrup, blueberry, carrot cream and hazelnut. I also loved the panna cotta of basil – very surprising for a real sweet tooth – , strawberry sorbet, rhubarb and gin foam. Even though it was only 11:30 in the morning, during every course it was ‘wine o’clock’. I’m not such a wine connoisseur, but the very professional team of hospitality experts told me lots of why they had picked that specific red or white wine. This is the way how eating out should be done, credits to team Petossi for that one.

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Beautiful plates with golden cutlery 

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The panna cotta of basil, amazing!

During their first period they’ll only be open for dinner on Tuesday till Saturday. In case you’ve got something to celebrate or you’re in for an appetizing ‘quick bite’, this is definitely the place to be in Haarlem. So hup, put it on your food bucket list! Hope you’ll get the same experience I had and don’t hesitate to share it with me!

Love,

Sharmaine

Restaurant Petossi
Lange Veerstraat 15, Haarlem
Website

*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!

Cafe Zurich in Amsterdam West

Cafe Zurich has been around for a number of years now but it’s right to say that this place really changed the face of the Mercatorplein in Amsterdam West. Where before it was an empty dull square, is now a vibrant area where adults chat, eat and drink and children play. During spring and summer the large outside terras is never empty and one of the largest in Amsterdam West. During Autumn and winter it’s a cozy place to drink hot chocolate by the fire place.

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Cozy and stylish

Cafe Zurich is easy to reach by tram 17 or 13 and there is a parking lot right underneath the restaurant if you come by car. The building has been there for about 90 years and was meant to serve as a place where the neighborhood would come together. Since the new opening of Cafe Zurich, I have been enjoying my latte’s, lunches and dinners here. But due to my busy schedule, I haven’t had the change to pop in for food in a while. Time to find out what the new menu is all about! 

The New Menu
I had the privilege to taste several dishes from the menu and I started with a mousse of sweet potato with cauliflower and my boyfriend tried the mackerel with dille, crunchy croutons and lime mayonaise. He got an extra dish of wild deer with red cabbage and mustard gravy. For mains I got lentils with different mushrooms, poached egg and Parmesan cheese. We also tried cod with seasonal veggies plus the my boyfriend tasted the duck with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. Oh, and you should definitely order some of the homemade fries of fries with truffle, yummie! Gosh, my belly was about to pop but I could not resist the banana cake with white chocolate mouse.. oh yes, this was a good dinner. 

Dinner at Cafe Zurich
My starter with sweet potato and cauliflower

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Lentils with mushrooms, celeriac and Parmesan cheese

I remembered that I should pop in more often and enjoy these evenings with good company and great food! The special Christmas dishes are on the menu until the 30st of January.

Cafe Zurich
Mercatorplein 2b, Amsterdam
Website

Love,

Elke

The gate to good food » Restaurant Stripes

Eyes searching, travel trolleys which follow their owners and flight information screens hanging above your head like they’re restaurant menus for countries: Schiphol Airport. For many the start of their vacation, the last step before going back to reality or for good food. Food? Yes, there’s more to it than just a dry hamburger or pre-packaged sandwiches. Restaurant Stripes lifts the ‘Schiphol-bite’ to a new level.

The gate to good food is just a 2 minute walk from Schiphol Plaza at the Sheraton Hotel. While entering the hotel surprised by the difference two minutes can make, I let go of the rushed Schiphol vibe while I enter the building. The spacious layout of the hotel, bright light and luxurious materials make me feel like standing in the middle of a hotel in downtown Manhattan (I’ve actually never been to New York, but watch a millions of American movies so that’s pretty much the same as going there, right?). Rarely do I see a spot so close to Amsterdam City with that much space, great!

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Restaurant Stripes at the Sharaton Schiphol (Source: Sheraton)

The elevator takes me away from the fun looking man-in-suit after work gathering on the ground floor and brings me to Restaurant Stripes. The international appeal also endures on this floor. Everything looks sleek and spacious. There is a digital band passionately playing cover songs, a few men dreaming away while looking at the large assortment of alcoholic beverages behind the bar and a few couples relaxing after a satisfying meal.
It’s a shame that the lights of the restaurant are very bright, too bright. This results in the restaurant looking a little bit more like a lunchroom or business meeting space instead of the cozy wine-drinking-with-candle-light type of restaurant. But, I’ve been told the light dimmers have been ordered, so no worries. Altogether it’s a relaxed atmosphere but I do miss some authenticity and coziness. On the other hand, that makes it really accessible for all type of audiences.

The cuisine is international within a Dutch sauce, baked in the passion for meat. The Dutch dishes can be found on the menu card by simply following the symbolic windmills. A ‘Zaanse Schans’, but a little different. Do not expect grandma’s stew or ‘Febo’ croquettes, in a original way they integrate the somewhat simplistic Dutch cuisine with cultural delights. For example, a ‘Bitterbal’ made of veal, polenta, green peas, black garlic just and apple compote. It even feels a little bit wrong to call it a ‘Bitterbal’. God.. that was tasty.

Menu Restaurant Stripes

Let’s talk meat. The offer is simple but good, all the meat is prepared in a Josper Grill to retain the juiciness but gain the BBQ crispiness. This gift from an animal is the foundation for your main course. Choose your type of meat, varying from a 160g Lady Filet Mignon to a 800g Roasted Prime Rib, the sauce and rub you prefer. To upgrade your dish with some vitamins you can add vegetables (the Quinoa salad is to die for, just saying).

Besides the well-prepared meat, a few pieces of fish and beautiful combined dishes you will find a lover letter to the potato on the menu. Strips shows us that Vincent van Gogh made a great point while creating a painting dedicated to potatoes called ‘De Aardappeleters”, which means potato eaters. You can choose between different potatoes, each with different roots, a different story and different background. Meet Bintje, Nicola, Eigenheimer and Opperdoezer. Yep, still talking about potatoes, how cute! Eat them smashed, fried or out of the oven, it’s up to you.

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Butternut squash & yellow lentil Soup Grilled tomatoes

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Although the food would be a perfect fit on a lazy Sunday, I understand that you are not too motivated to go to Schiphol just to eat. But in many other situations this » location is actually really nice. Just to mention a few:
» Business appointments, the covered parking of Sheraton makes it ideal
» Flight transfer at Schiphol
»…or just because you missed your train

Whenever you arrive (just like me) three hours before check-in at the airport – just to be safe- and then dying because of the hunger
Or simply because you, as a true Amsterdam local, think its ridiculously far to go to visit your friend in Leiden, and meet up here in the middle.

Restaurant Stripes
Sheraton Schiphol Boulevard 101, Schiphol
Website

Love,

Eva

*Eva is one of our guest bloggers from Amsterdam. She’s a city girl who only leaves her heals 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.

Restaurant Bureau » Amsterdam’s Hidden Rooftop

This could well be one of Amsterdam’s best kept secrets. Restaurant Bureau is a rooftop restaurant in Amsterdam West with a story of it’s own. Bureau Amsterdam is part of B-Amsterdam. The building was originally build for the IBM headquarters but when they departed it was empty for 12 years until it finally became a new opportunity for start-up businesses. You can book a work spot for as little as 75 euro’s per month or if you’re beginning a new venture you can rent office space and share the building with tons of creative people. You can find restaurant Bureau in a secluded area where you will find businesses, hospitals and other industrial buildings. But this place is definitely worth the extra bicycle ride.

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We serve people, not titles. The entrance of Bureau

The Rooftop
This one is different than any rooftop you will come across. The rooftop garden was designed and built by Rooftop Doctors and GrownDownTown and you can compare it to a fun park with lot’s of green. There are old car wrecks, a small beach area and a pont with fish. You want a fresh mint tea? You can pick it yourself from the herb garden! Wanna play some Jeu de Boules? No problem. 75{8b669be72a7f340f9ef2d6d852585cd40ddf0e79ccf763f3ea93c1234c3d888b} that grows here, you can eat. Herbs and plants are maintained by recycled rainwater that falls on the roof. They even have a strawberry hill with several types of strawberries and a hen of chickens that provide the restaurant with some daily fresh eggs.

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The Restaurant
Bureau only opened a few weeks ago and you can feel the buzz, even if they intentionally didn’t want to promote it. “We want our customers by word of mouth and let them experience it for themselves.”- Explains manager Laurens. I was dying to see it so I walked in last Friday to see it with my own eyes. The interior is spacious, yet cozy with a bar molded out of the steel plates that once lay on the roof. The lights are all individually made and you can pull a cord in order to change their height. If you look closely, you can see that they are made out of porcelain plates! Chef Niels Veenvliet (you may know him from restaurant Choux), works with a new menu every 2 months so people come back to taste different flavors. If you love wine you might like the fact that they serve Vinos Naturales at restaurant Bureau. This basically means nothing weird is added and you drink the wine in it’s purest vorm. This may taste a bit different than you’re used to but I loved it!

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Something unique, the lights at restaurant Bureau

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When the sun is out, you have plenty of choice

When you have dinner, you will receive a small amuse and you can bet on it that they’ve used something from the garden. I ordered the fish soup with langoustine as a starter and the vegetarian risotto as a main course. Both very tasty in their own right plus the bread they serve at restaurant Bureau is to die for. When you’re a dessert kind of person, make sure you order a coffee because it’s roasted by a Dutch label named Moyee coffee. They focus on Fairtrade so the farmers in the country of origin (Ethiopia) get their fair share. 

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Tasty and healthy!

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Sunset at restaurant Bureau

Amsterdam is a new rooftop richer and this one is right up my street. Creative, sustainable and they truly serve people, not titles.

Restaurant Bureau
B. Amsterdam – 5th Floor
Johan huizingalaan 763a Amsterdam
020 723 84 92
www.atthebureau.amsterdam/restaurant

Love,

Elke

Looiedet Coffee & Toast in Amsterdam New West

I live outside the “ring” in Amsterdam which means I don’t live in the center but this doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to do around here! I live in Amsterdam new west and I’m happily surprised to see new cafe’s, restaurants and shops opening up by the month. So has Looiedet Coffee & Toast.

Even though they’ve been open for weeks now, I had never heard from this cool lunchroom yet. It all started with the motorcycle lessons school. They used the space to fix bikes and it quickly became a hangout for friends, family and acquaintances. So why not expand right? The result was a place to book your motorcycle lessons, a barbershop, a vintage bike store and a coffee/lunch bar. The perfect combination for people on the go that enjoy coffee and a simple but tasty meal. On the menu you can choose out of 15 different toasts from mozzarella with pesto to banana and nutella.

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The original toasts as we know it

Looiedet Coffee & Toast recently invested in the king of coffee machines and even held a party to celebrate it. The Sanremo Opera is the best technical coffee machine out there and you can really taste the purity of the beans after it’s roasted and pressed into your cup. The only downside is that they don’t serve soy milk so that’s a shame for the peeps that have an intolerance to milk. Maybe this is a sneaky hint..? Besides coffee they also serve delicious leaf tea’s and with that the occasional cakes or scones.

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The king of the coffee machines is ready for you!

The building has a very nice industrial look and feel and looks like a place where hip Amsterdam would normally sit. However, the owner told me: “we like to keep this place low key and gain customers by word of mouth. Bike lovers, men with beards and people who enjoy good coffee and a killer toasty are at the right address here. “Everything we serve is Halal too so whether you own a bike or not, everybody is welcome!” In the store you will find jeans, shirts and cool vintage biker stuff while upstairs the men can get their  beard pimped. If you’re an early bird, you can get a coffee for just 2 euros until 10am.

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Hair did. Beard did.

For me it’s just around the corner but even if you’re not in the neighborhood, this place is definitely worth the extra bicycle (or motorcycle) ride!

Looiedet Coffee & Toast
Burgemeester Rendorpstraat 11-15, Amsterdam
Tel: 020 411 6688 / Opening hours: 9am – 6pm Mon – Sun
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Love,

Elke

Restaurant Jala, Langkawi

After checking out the skyscrapers in the capital of Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur, local food tasting at the Filipino night market in Kota Kinabalu, a snorkeling trip in Manukan and an exciting jungle trekking in Kuching it was time to relax for a while!

How to get there
We traveled from Penang to Langkawi by ferry (Langkawi ferry service).
» Departure Times of boats from Penang to Langkawi : Three boats a day – 8.15am (via Pulau Payar), 8.30am and 2pm.

» The costs for an Adult are RM60 one way – RM120 return.
» The high speed boats are scheduled to take 1.5 hours to reach Pulau Payar and 2.45 minutes to Langkawi.
Keep in mind that it often takes a bit longer, depending on the weather conditions.

Langkawi is THE place to be for excellent diving spots, tropical hidden gems, turquoise sea, duty-free shopping and chocolate.

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Along this journey I experienced an abundance of fresh and delicious food. I couldn’t wish for more great food experiences during this trip, on the contrary I got even more I wished for! I was invited by Jala restaurant in Langkawi. A restaurant that is part of the beautiful Andaman resort, nestled between lush tropical rainforest and crystal blue waters lead by chef Thorsten Killian. Thorsten came to our table where I got the chance to get to know him a bit better. I must say that this man from Thai-German origin, has lots of skills! He initially started his career back in 2003 as a commis de cuisine at the Hanner Restaurant in Austria and worked in various high quality Hotels and restaurants before he started working at Jala. From five-star hotels in Switzerland to Michelin-starred Restaurant São Gabriel in Portugal and finally made his way to Asia where he became chef in

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The man himself, Thorsten Killian Source

Together with his team of experts he lives next to the Andaman resort where he starts in the very early morning to prepare the food and serves his unique top quality dishes in the evening. The beautiful part of Jala restaurant is that they partner with local fishermen to ensure the freshest catch arrives daily on the shores of The Andaman, at the Nelayan Hut (a fisherman’s hut in Malay). Every afternoon, guests can look forward to walk down the beach to watch the fish and the chefs of Jala in action dealing and negotiating with local fishermen on the purchases of fresh seafood.

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It was such a beautiful evening when we had dinner at Jala. What makes it so unique is the magnificent quiet surrounding, hearing the gentle breeze of the ocean on the background, your feet tucked in the sand, with comfortable temperatures, far away from the hustle and bustle, a very unique setting with friendly waiting staff, an unique open-air beachside experience where you overlook the glistening blue waters where you watch the breathtaking sunset while having dinner.

Jala offers the finest fresh seafood in an open kitchen concept, prepared in a fusion of Western and Asian cooking styles, located on a secluded part of Langkawi. A very unique experience which I will never forget!

Time to taste some of the best seafood signature dishes:

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Step 1: Choose your fish from the fresh seafood display/bar

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Pomfret fish caught from Andaman waters

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Chocolate hazelnut cake with chocolate ganache and ice cream

More info:
Address: Jalan Teluk Datai · Langkawi, 07000 · Malaysia
Website

I hope you will get the chance to visit to wonderful place in Malaysia

Love,

Sarah

More tips about Malaysia? Check here!

 

 

 

Amsterdam » Best (secret) Indonesian food spots

My father is half Indonesian so I grew up with the flavors of this beautiful country.
Thank god I live in the Netherlands where Indonesian food has almost become part of the Dutch culture. This is because Indonesia has been a colony of the Netherlands from 1800 to 1942 so you will see many Elke look-alikes wandering around here! 😉

But saying that, it doesn’t always mean that every Indonesian restaurant is good. Over the years in I have come across a few Indonesian jewels that totally stand out but are not that well known by all. Time to put them in the limelight!

1. Sie Joe
This very small and very tucked away restaurant is situated in Amsterdam’s shopping districts. Just around the corner of the famous Dam Square you will find this tiny Indonesian secret.
They don’t have a large menu but the food is pure and delicious! I always go for the vegetarian Gado Gado with peanut sauce. 
You will find locals here and the occasional lost tourist.
Sie Joe has been tipped by the media before so this little restaurant is doing something right!

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You won’t know it until you’ve heard about it!

Sie Joe
Gravenstraat 24-A, Amsterdam
www.siejoe.com/

2. Indonesian Kitchen
Only open since 2 weeks and discovered by chance! I walked past it yesterday evening on my way to an event and I needed a quick bite.
It’s because of the large sign by the door that I noticed it. Too curious to walk past, I entered. Tucked away in a basement, the old walls remain intact as do the wooden beams on the ceiling. I ordered the vegetarian dish and received a tasty corn cake as a starter on the house.
The main dish looked neat and yummie. Tofu, Tempeh and Gaddo Gaddo with another delicious vegetable dish I haven’t had before. The peanut sauce was so nice that I asked for an extra bowl! I was the only person in the restaurant because they literally just opened and I was early. There’s room for about 20 people which makes this restaurant nice and cozy. You should definitely try it!

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Indonesian Kitchen
Herengracht 287, Amsterdam
020-6230260

3. Kartika 
The Overtoom in Amsterdam keeps surprising me! This restaurant has been here for years but I only found out about it last year.
It’s been around for over 50 years in different generations. You can’t get it any more authentic than this one!
They are most famous for their Indonesian Rice Tables: Ramayana and Shinta (pictured below). They will bring everything on the table for you to feast your eyes on.

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Kartika
Overtoom 68, Amsterdam
www.restaurantkartika.com

4. Toko Kokkita
Not a restaurant but a great place to get a tasty Indonesian take away. This might not be a secret for the people who live nearby, but certainly good to know for the rest of Amsterdam and surroundings!
Besides the take away menu, they offer catering and you can buy authentic Indonesian products in the store.
They always have discounts going on, so check their website before ordering. YumYum!

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Shop & Eat at Kokkita (sourse: Kokkita)

Toko Kokkita
Amstelveenseweg 166, Amsterdam
www.kokkita.nl

So no need to search for those authentic Indonesian flavors. They are right here and all very affordable! 

Love,

Elke