rosa & rita
de vliegende schotel
Watertorenplein 6 (682 26 66).
Amsterdam is a very large restaurant (275 seats), with an extensive and varied menu at moderate prices, and efficient service by waiters clad in traditional black and white. The building used to house the pumping station for the nearby water tower, and a lot of the machinery has been left untouched; the interior even includes one of the original pumping engines. With high ceilings, thick walls and the black-and-white color scheme, the decor is impressive. Amsterdam is extremely 'kids-friendly', so expect a little noise. Reservations necessary during weekends.
Open 11am-1am (2am weekends).
[2 reviews, avg 8/10]
Elandsgracht 108 (420 21 14).
Excellent Mediterranean cooking with a touch of the Orient in this popular and lively place in the middle of the Jordaan. The small and narrow Balthazar's is dominated by its open kitchen (keuken), which contributes to the bustling atmosphere. No carte, just one fixed three-course menu. Reservations recommended.
Open Wed-Sat 6pm-midnight.
[3 reviews, avg 6/10]
Albert Cuypstraat 182 (675 05 44).
This really huge restaurant is located right in the bustling center of Pijp neighborhood, on the lively Albert Cuyp day-market. Bazar houses in a former church - hence the large angel above the entrance - that has been done up in tasteful Arabic kitsch. Menu to match with couscous, kebabs, aubergine and the like, at moderate prices. A minor complaint: due to the sheer size of the place the acoustics are not that great.
Open daily 11am-1pm, weekends 9am-1pm.
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Nieuwmarkt 9 (622 00 34).
A traditional 'brown' bar-restaurant which surprisingly is very popular with a slightly alternative crowd. Famous for its Swiss cheese fondue, a real bargain. Bern has a terrace with a good view of the Nieuwmarkt. No music.
Open 4pm-1am (3am weekends).
[5 reviews, avg 9/10]
Prinsengracht 60 (626 18 03).
Amsterdam's most famous vegetarian/vegan restaurant, with a canalside terrace. Caters mainly to the mellow subcultures, but has none of the stuffy atmosphere of the old-style veggie restaurant.
Open daily noon-11pm (12pm Sat).
[9 reviews, avg 8/10]
2e Tuindwarsstraat 12 (623 68 54).
A large and very popular Jordaan eaterie, featuring an Italian menu (Burger was the name of the butcher from whom the property was bought). Indeed there's a large patio, with a fountain.
Open 6pm-1am (kitchen closes at 11pm).
[5 reviews, avg 9/10]
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