My time in Amsterdam was coming to a close so for my last lunch I decided to find a small cafe by a canal for a bite to eat and a couple of beers after doing a circuit on one of the canal boats.
I jumped off at the Hermitage Amsterdam and headed over the Skinny Bridge made famous in the James Bond movie “Diamonds are forever” in 1971.
I headed towards the Amstelsluizen, the impressive sluice gates across the Amstel, and turned down the north side of Prinsengracht. It was a delightful walk in the warm Amsterdam spring weather.
After about 10 minutes I stopped at Café “Marcella” and small cafe with an outdoor area on the canal and I sat down at a table that had just been vacated.
After having heard about the Dutch Croquettes several times during the week I thought I’d better give this traditional dish a try.
About 10 or 15 minutes later out came 2 croquettes, 2 pieces of bread and a couple of sachets of Heinz mustard and I started to construct my lunch 🙂 Biting into the now bread and mustard surrounded croquette I had a mouthful of lava hot tasty goodness. The texture was a little weird, more liquid than solid, but the taste was good.
The beer selection was very good. I started with a Dutch De Koninck 2017 from Francke Brouwerij and then a couple of Kriek from the Belgian Brouwerij Lindemans. The Kriek was so refreshing I had a second.
For desert I had a good apple pie and cream.
Café “Marcella” was a really pleasant place to have lunch on a canal and had a decent menu of food and drinks.
I’m really glad that I stumbled upon Frenzi.
After getting back to my hotel after my outing to Den Haag, I was looking for somewhere close for dinner. I cast the net a little wider than usual and noticed a small cafe no more than 100 metres (as the crow flies) from my hotel, but maybe a 400 or 500 metres walk as I needed to get across The Amstel and a canal.
A great location on a canal looking across to Amstelhoeck and the Flea Market. A corner building that has outdoor seating as well as a nice indoor tiled dining room.
The outside tables were all occupied on this splendid spring evening so I sat inside by the window.
One of the options for dinner is 3 courses (2 tapas + main course + dessert) for €29.50 which is a very good option.
The tapas starters I chose were meatballs with fennel and a spicy dip of tomato and cinnamon, and honey bbq ribs and they were both great.
For my main course I had the casssoulet carcasonne, duck leg with white kidney beans and tomato which was excellent.
Dessert was a scrumptious tiramisu.
Decent wines as well – I had a glass of the recommended sangiovese which complimented the meal.
If I’d managed to get a seat outside I probably would have stayed longer to drink a couple more glasses of wine.
A hidden gem that’s well worth a visit.
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.
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 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.