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Though Amsterdam is known more for fried food than fine cuisine, it’s possible to get a good meal if you know where to go. That’s why we’ve broken it down for you. Here are the five best places to eat in Amsterdam.
1. Blauw. Food from Amsterdam’s former colony Indonesia is a must-try when visiting the city. Blauw does a more modern, lighter take than other Indonesian restaurants on the rijsttafel (rice table), a bounty of delicious small plates brought to your table and all served with rice. Though you never know exactly what you’ll get in your rijsttafel, keep your eye out for scrumptious dishes like saté ayam (chicken in peanut sauce) and oedang goreng (fried shrimp with a sweet and spicy sauce).
2. Ron Blaauw. No relation to the Indonesian-focused Blauw, Ron Blaauw serves modern French food with some molecular gastronomy touches. Many of the products used in the restaurant’s dishes are regional — some are even grown in their own gardens outside of Amsterdam. Choose from three- to seven-course menus comprised of whatever’s in season, with wine pairings if you’d like.
3. De Kas. Housed in a former greenhouse, De Kas prides itself on using mainly local, organic ingredients (including many grown in its own) in its modern Dutch cuisine. Try their three-course prix fixe dinner menu; dishes on offer change daily.
4. Ciel Blu. At this award-winning French restaurant located on the 23rd floor of the Hotel Okura Amsterdam, you can enjoy luxurious food like foie gras and prawns or lobster and sweetbread while marveling at the city views. Order a la carte or choose from three- or four-course menus; for the ultimate meal, opt for the restaurant’s signature tasting menu.
5. Restaurant Lastage. This canalhouse restaurant has received accolades for its delectable French-influenced Dutch cuisine. Choose from three- to six-course menus that might include dishes like wild sea bass with cannelloni and Dutch shrimp or lamb with Dutch asparagus.