Sumptuous feasts are something that Belgians do well. Discover the best gastronomic addresses in our southern neighbour’s country.
Ask every expat and they will agree: the Dutch are lousy breakfast eaters and bad lunchers. We’re quite good at having brunch at the weekend – and we’re getting better and better at it. Where do you need to be?
Buffet van Odette The best place for a big brunch the French way is Buffet van Odette restaurant, on the Prinsengracht in the heart of Amsterdam-Centrum. Odette understands that brunch means coffee (from the Amsterdam coffee roasters, Bocca), Bloody Marys and good food. On Saturday and Sunday, the beautiful breakfast and lunch menu is served, with delicious savoury dishes such as spicy couscous and fresh ravioli, extended for weekend brunch of scrambled eggs with salmon, yoghurt with granola and grapefruit brûlée with maple syrup. The sticky toffee cake is famous here.
Little Collins The first Little Collins in De Pijp was such a success that a second branch opened in Amsterdam-West. There, on Bilderdijkstraat, Little Collins has done it again: they have created a fantastic lunch and dinner location with food inspired by what you can eat on Little Collins Street in Melbourne, Australia. And what is that? “Avo” on toast, for example, or dahl curry and fried eggs with kimchi. The whole thing is washed down with Australian wine. In the evening there’s shared dining and a relaxed atmosphere.
C.T. Coffee & Coconuts The old Ceintuur Theater, a large, beautiful art deco building on Ceintuurbaan in De Pijp, is home to C.T. Coffee & Coconuts, an instant success among laptop freelancers. The menu is surprisingly tasty and healthy as well as surprisingly affordable: you can score a meal fit for a prince for under ten euros. The dinner menu is just as excellent, with a wine and cocktail selection that is definitely something to write home about.
The Lobby at Hotel V One of the first hotels in Amsterdam to show off their restaurant not only to hotel guests but to the locals as well. At Hotel V, right in the heart of the city, where you expect nothing but tourist traps, The Lobby at Hotel V Nesplein’s flammkuchen and excellent wine list have served as one of the best brunches in the city for many years now.
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Ask every expat and they will agree: the Dutch are lousy breakfast eaters and bad lunchers. We’re quite good at having brunch at the weekend – and we’re getting better and better at it. Where do you need to be? Buffet van Odette The best place for a big brunch the French way is Buffet […]