In the good ol’ south of Amsterdam you’ll find one of the best shops to get your sushi.
In the 70s and 80s Amsterdam had quite a large influx of Japanese people as their big electronics, automotive and photographic equipment makers made their way to Europe so in 1974 Meidi-Ya opened its doors in Amsterdam as their only overseas location. At Meidi-Ya you can find much more than just sushi and this is actually a proper little Japanese supermarket. They have everything from dumplings, ice-cream, crispy seaweed sheets and other sushi paraphernalia to your hard to find japanese drinks and candy.
A great restaurant in the north of Amsterdam. They’ve been around for a while but we’d never been there before. The restaurant is located in an old spacious warehouse on the waterfront of the once industrial north side of town. There was really nothing wrong with anything at this place. The location is remarkable, the food is tasty and the staff attentive. What more can you ask for?
Definitely one to visit on the reg.
Sometimes there’s a new thing in town and you don’t really want to give it away. Just so that you can enjoy it by yourself and don’t have to share it with the rest of the city right at the beginning. Pllek (a play on the dutch word ‘place’with double l) is one of those places.
We went there in the last days of May when we had some early sun and we finally decided that it’s too good not to be shared. It’s in the industrial north of Amsterdam where a lot of creative companies have settled in the past decade. Pllek consists of a main building made out of shipping containers, a deck with picnic tables and a fine pebble beach with a great view over the water and the new skyline of the western harbour. They’re still adding new features to the site and expanding the kitchen’s offering, or at least back in May they were, but we already enjoyed a well made coffee and delicious sandwich that were beyond expectations for a beach joint.
This is where we’ll be this weekend. Rollende Keukens, or Rolling Kitchens, is an event at Westergasfabriek where a wide range of mobile kitchens will gather to cook up some delicious foods. From the simple food truck serving you burgers and fries to complete mobile restaurants serving the highest of the highbrow. It’s all present at this open air food extravaganza.
And as if they haven’t thought of everything, there’s also mobile music, theatre, cinema and other rolling entertainment to enjoy while noshing.
Rollende Keukens runs from today until sunday the 20th and is open daily from 13.00h – 23.00h. Entrance is gratis.
The Hollandse Nieuwe is in town (Dutch New Herring). This herring is caught at the end of spring and beginning of summer and it’s the treat your typical Dutchman is lusting for this time of year. It is usually eaten with raw onion and pickles, on a bread roll or sans.
This italian guy shows us how to freestyle it straight from the fist.
Had a great dinner at Pata Negra this friday. It seems to have become one of those places where the young crowd flocks to on the weekend to celebrate the end of another week. Pata Negra is a tapas restaurant in the Utrechtsestraat in Amsterdam, spanish owned and has all that authentic spanish atmosphere that you’re looking for when you want to eat tapas: colored tile on the walls, bad lighting and Pata Negra hams hanging from the ceiling. On fridays and saturdays the place is packed so expect to wait on your table for an hour if you haven’t made any reservations.
The pictures below are horribly underlit, but it more or less captures the right atmosphere. And we wouldn’t want to do the place injustice now do we?