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Few things are more seductive than an exquisite meal in an intimate setting. We’ve rounded up the Amsterdam restaurants guaranteed to make your amour’s heart skip a beat.
Ciel Bleu. With panoramic views from the 23th floor of the Okura Hotel and a two Michelin-starred French menu, few restaurants in Amsterdam offer more sumptuous food in such impeccable surroundings. Finish the evening with an expertly mixed cocktail in the Twenty Third Bar next door. Definitely one to reserve for very special occasions.
De Belhamel. Turn on the charm over a pre-dinner drink at this gorgeous art nouveau restaurant on Brouwersgracht, before indulging in predominantly French dishes that include elements such as truffle oil, honey marinade and candied orange. Save room for the Petit Grand Dessert, a decadent tasting plate that’s ideal for sharing.
Blauw. Also ideal for sharing is the rijsttafel, a Dutch colonial interpretation of an Indonesian feast, at this modern yet intimate restaurant near Vondelpark. Meander through an assortment of almost two dozen dishes—meat, fish, vegetables and eggs impeccably prepared in countless blends of herbs and spices—during a leisurely meal that takes time but no effort.
De Ondeugd. Dutch for ‘mischief’, De Ondeugd in De Pijp neighborhood offers a playful take on classic dishes. At one of the dimly lit tables for two, dine on tuna enlivened with a ginger-lime sauce and creamy panna cotta with strawberry coulis accompanied by a bottle of Venoge Brut, the house champagne.