Calling all Chinese food lovers. Hoi Tin, a restaurant situated in China Town, is ready to welcome you. Come prepared to eat; the main focus is the food. The clientele, locals and Chinese visitors alike, find delight in the large portions of food and Tsingtao beer, perfect to sip on throughout the night. Try one of the many delicious dishes such as Roasted Peking duck, Tekwan, salt and pepper squid or Baked Noodle Singapore; they have over 200 options available, including vegetarian-friendly plates. The menu is relatively inexpensive, so you'll have plenty to choose from. Come in and make yourself at home.
Local Expert tip: Come prepared to eat; the main focus is the food.
Rakang, a Thai restaurant tucked away in one of the most characteristic areas of the Jordaan, is known for its Thai food – fresh and fun. With a variety of fresh ingredients, as well as dishes cooked with passion, creativity and a dash of artistic flare, Rakang is known for its complete food experience: taste, presentation, service and more. You can choose from an a la carte menu or select one of the pre-set options. With the variety, you can decide what's best for you and your taste buds; both should (and will) be happy. Want to enjoy Thai food but at home, in a hotel room or in the park instead? No problem; Rakang offers carry out.
Local Expert tip: Want to enjoy Thai food but at home, in a hotel room or in the park? No problem; Rakang offers carry out.
Tempo Doeloe allows you to break away from the fast-paced lifestyle and share a delicious, stress-free meal with someone special. The restaurant's name translates to "the old days," creating a nostalgic foundation for good-quality food and attentive service many still appreciate today as they did in the past. The restaurant is designed with you in mind: to eat in peace and ensure no one is crowding the table. Upon arrival, you must first ring the bell. Then, if you made a reservation or if there's space, you will be seated. Indulge in the traditional, tasty dishes; choose from one of the rijsttafels or select a chicken, meat or fish option. Take your time, savor the spice and enjoy. If you're not accustomed to spice, start small and slow – don't take on more "hot" than you can handle. Selamat Makan!
Local Expert tip: If you're not accustomed to spice, start small and slow – don't take on more "hot" than you can handle.
Looking for authentic Chinese cuisine with a family-influenced flare? Try Nam Kee run by the Chan family. With a few locations scattered around the city – China Town, Nieuwmarkt and Heinekenplein – this restaurant provides you with several opportunities to try its delicious traditional cuisine. Start with a tasty appetizer, such as oysters, and continue with a main course: Peking duck or Tja Siew. Traveling with a group? Need a location for your next business meeting? Nam Kee can accommodate groups, as well as provide catering for events off-site. If you don't have time to visit, you can always catch some of the best and most popular recipes in their cookbook. The New York Times considers Nam Kee "a city icon" – don't miss out on their fantastic flavors.
Local Expert tip: If you don't have time to visit, you can always catch some of the best and most popular recipes in their cookbook.
Sichuan Food is another restaurant in Amsterdam that really shines. The Sichuan style is one of four main cooking preparations in China, internationally known for its hot and spicy tastes. Whether you explicitly have an appetite for the Sichuan cuisine or just love food with some zest, Sichuan Food is well worth a try. Located in the center of Amsterdam, it is one of the first Chinese restaurants in Europe to receive a Michelin star. One look at the menu will make your mouth water. With an array of options, the restaurant is known for its Peking duck, as well as a five-course meal concentrating on Sichuan delights. You can also choose from lobster, lamb and much more. For an evening out with savory dishes, some spice and good service, Sichuan Food is the right place.
Local Expert tip: The restaurant is known for its Peking duck, as well as a five-course meal concentrating on Sichuan delights
The Okura, a five star hotel in de Pijp, is home to several restaurants including three of which that have been awarded Michelin stars. At Yamazato, one of the first Japanese restaurants in Europe to receive a Michelin star, you'll truly be blown away. The kitchen is focused on kaikei ryori, a Japanese cooking style, while the interior is designed in the warm and simple Sukiya style, both leading to an excellent authentic experience. Chefs and servers are well trained. The Japanese garden also plays a pivotal role, symbolizing balance and simplicity. As an added bonus if you love sushi, you can eat at the sushi counter. All in all, you should expect nothing less than the best of the best.
Local Expert tip: The kitchen is focused on kaikei ryori, a Japanese cooking style.
The second you walk in to Oriental City, a three story Chinese restaurant only a short walk from Centraal Station, the Red Light District and China Town, you'll immediately feel the atmosphere is right for an authentic Chinese meal. Focused on Cantonese cuisine, as well as the Szechuan style, Oriental City features dishes and specialties such as dimsum, teppan (hot plate), grill, oven and crock. Some of the ingredients are even imported from the Far East. The restaurant, with over 200 seats and attentive service, can also comfortably accommodate groups, events, celebrations and business meetings. During the weekend, a reservation is recommended; the place is popular.
Local Expert tip: The atmosphere is right for an authentic Chinese meal
Sushi lovers around the world will rejoice at the mere thought of Tokyo Cafe. Located near the Spui and Kalverstraat, Tokyo Cafe is a delicious all-you-can-eat Japanese and sushi restaurant. Take a break from shopping or sightseeing and stop by for lunch, where you can choose from the a la carte menu, or plan an enjoyable evening out with friends and get your fill. For dinner, there are no limits – only fresh, flavorsome sushi and appetizing Japanese specialties. Start off with miso soup and a salad. Then order a couple rolls and a few pieces of nigiri. The trick? Mix and match. Try something new. Order what you want (but don't let food go to waste). At Tokyo Cafe, you can get your favorites as much and often as you want. The dinner menu starts at 22.80 EUR. Drinks are not included.
Recommended for Asian because: Tokyo Cafe is an affordable sushi restaurant, serving an a la carte menu during the day and all-you-can-eat in the evening.
Jessica's expert tip: Invite friends and family; the more you are, the more variety you can taste.
Located in China Town, New King is an Amsterdam favorite. Remember the saying, "Don't judge a book by its cover"? With Restaurant New King, this phrase rings true. While you may not look twice at this restaurant as you pass by, once inside you'll see New King addresses fine Chinese dining in a whole new manner. The ambiance is calming and soothing yet contemporary. The food, with its specialty in Mandarin cuisine, is like none other – delightful and attractive. Main courses include the Roasted Peking duck and the black pepper eggplant with fish or pork filling. While it is always crowded, service is quite prompt. For most occasions, a reservation is highly recommended.
Local Expert tip: For those who like spicy food, try the deep-fried squid with salt and pepper.
Puri Mas, an Indonesian restaurant located close to Leidseplein, is self-described as a place where every detail was chosen with care: the name, the food, the design, the service, even the location. Indulge in the incredible Indonesian flavors and spices. Foods are kept fresh and clean at all times, so you'll surely savor every bite. Dishes can be customised, as well, for those that may want a dish less (or more) spicy. If you're traveling with your company or planning a celebration, Puri Mas can also accept groups. The experience is made complete with top-of-the-line service. This restaurant is sure to impress, and you'll be longing to return time and time again.
Local Expert tip: In case you are not a fan of spice, you can customise the dishes.