Café Mooy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

I was originally heading to the Beer Tasting Room In The Wildeman but, as I was to find out, they are closed on Sundays. Luckily, right across the narrow laneway was another bar called Café Mooy.

Café Mooy is an old fashioned / traditional Dutch bar serving a good selection of beers with both inside and outside seating areas.

I sat inside on one of the comfy leather seats by the window while I had a couple of beers.

Firstly I had an Affligem Blonde from the Belgian Affligem Brouwerij, a middle of the road blonde – light, smooth and fruity.

My second beer was Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Antwerp based Brouwerij der Trappisten van Westmalle. This was a great tasting strong beer that I really enjoyed.

Café Mooy is a pleasant place for a Sunday afternoon beer.

Café ‘t Monumentje, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

For Sunday brunch I headed into the western part of Amsterdam. The destination for my trek was Café ‘t Monumentje.

Café ‘t Monumentje is a cosy and quaint cafe that serves coffees, pastries and importantly local beers.

I settled in at the large table towards the back of the cafe with a stubby of Saison Brûût from the local Amsterdam Bruut Bier. It was a sour, fruity bitter beer that I liked very much.

My second beer was another local Amsterdam beer by Oedipus Brewing. The Mannenliefde was another Saison which has a spicy taste to it. A good, middle of the road saison.

I think the Saison Brûût was the better of the two beers but only by a small margin.

If you’re over in the western side of Amsterdam do yourself a favor and drop into Café ‘t Monumentje, you won’t be disappointed.

Brasserie FLO Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Brasserie FLO Amsterdam is part of the sprawling Eden Hotel Amsterdam and Rembrandt Square Hotel Amsterdam complex.

Walking you you’re greeted with a large restaurant, white linen covered tables, and immaculately dressed waiters.

The menu is French and Dutch.

For starters I ordered their French onion soup with gruyere and it was good.

For mains I had duck leg which was perfectly cooked and tasted absolutely divine.

To finish off a great meal I ordered the profiteroles filled with vanilla ice cream served with chocolate sauce. It was a excellent way to finish off the meal.

The wine list is pretty good too 🙂 I just had a glass of house red.

Just one further word on the menu, don’t go by the menu on their website. It was uploaded in 2012 by the looks of it and is woefully out of date.

De Nachtwacht, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

On the western side of Rembrandt Square is a steak restaurant called De Nachtwacht.

I visited on a Saturday evening around 6pm but was still able to get a seat out on the well patronised terrace.

I already knew I’d be ordering steak of some variety so when I saw a 300g Dutch black angus reb-eye on the menu I knew that’s what I would be eating. I also ordered a side dish of fries with mayonnaise.

While my steak was being cooked I drank a Heinken and devoured the bread with herb butter.

When the steak arrived it was absolutely perfectly cooked and oozing with taste. I’d made a good decision with this dish!

For desert I had the chocolate truffle pie with walnut ice cream and caramel which was extraordinarily good.

Foodwise, you can’t fault this restaurant.

However, as the terrace got busier service became a bit slower… it was hard to grab someone’s attention to order a second beer, and it was difficult to get the bill at the end of my meal. The bill was also slightly wrong – I pointed out that they’d not added the second beer but they said not to worry about it.

I’d suggest you visit if you are a steak lover.

Cafe De Sluyswacht, Amsterdam, The Netherland

A magnificent building built in 1695 as the home for the sluice master who operated the sluice gates that still sit in the walls of the canal. Now the building is home to a bar.

On a warm day sitting on the terrace you can watch the boating traffic go by on one of Amsterdam’s busiest canals, and if you are there long enough you’ll inevitably see the Amsterdam equivalent of a traffic jam.

The beer selection at Cafe De Sluyswacht is superb. My tastings over a couple of days included

The Leffe Brune and the Tripel Karmeliet were the standout beers for me.

The Dutch meatballs were a tasty snack to accompany the beers.

If you’re in Amsterdam on a warm afternoon and are looking for somewhere to chill, Cafe De Sluyswacht should definitely be close to the top of your list.