Tuesday, December 29, 2015

CT - Coffee & Coconuts

CT Coffee & Coconuts
Ceintuurbaan 282
1072 GK  Amsterdam


This former cinema (Ceintuur Theater (CT)) currently holds a restaurant for breakfast, lunch and diner. I really love this place. The entourage is just marvellous. They transformed this old cinema in a restaurant with different levels. From bar, tables to lounge. The tables that are attached with robes on 1 side to the ceiling ... wouw !

A simple menu but with some high prices (especially coffee) some food prices too, some are low. It's a strange combination :-). The food is oké but the salads could be a bit better. Some more ingredients for those prices. Breakfast also not the cheapest in town but that's excellent. And like I said .. the place itself is stunning. The coffee is terrible, so much acid taste ... especially with the espresso ....

Good atmosphere though, really nice place, good staff (walking those stairs every time getting a free exercise at the same time :-) ). Menu could be a bit better but there are also some really nice items on it. The Hummus is oké but lacked a bit of flavor. Crab cakes are lovely. And I think the menu on the website is not always updated to the lastest one.

But ... go there. You'll love the place. Food taste is as always .... personal :-)

Monday, December 14, 2015

Risorante Il Cherubino

Risorante Il Cherubino
Rue de Turi
L-3378 Livange
14 and 16 december 2015


During our stay in Luxembourg after long hours you don't really want to go into town but eating in the hotel is also not very attractive. We tried the italian restaurant next door. In this part away from the city, not reachable without a car and kind of middle of nowhere. It was not full but quite a lot of people inside. We went a lot of times and haven't seen an empty restaurant, they must be doing something very well. Let's try ...

The menu is pretty large and has a good combination between nice dishes and pizza's. The first night tried the lamb chops and ended with a Tiramisu. The second night the grilled scampies and a pana cotta to end with.  The lamb chops were good, maybe a bit too dry but nice of taste and quite a portion, served with some pan fried poatoes. The Tiramisu is not as good as my own italian (Il Delfino Blue). It lacks a bit of taste. The scampies were also a bit to dry and could gave been grilled a little less. Also quite a portion and more than enough. The Panna Cotta was not so good, and lacked a lot of taste and had much starch in it.
So after this I must admit it was quite oke. Could be better but for the price and quality and amount it was pretty oké. With a bit more finess it would be good. The staff and service is excellent. They even did some X-Mas decorating in the restaurant. For a quick bite it's good. And beats the hotel menu by far. And with a large group it's perfect.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Lentze Parc


Lentze Parc
212 Rue de Luxembourg
8077 Bertrange


From a local we received this address. A restaurant with a nice terrace overlooking a part of Lyxembourg. Must be really nice during the summer. And from the street you can't see this restaurant, you really need to stop at nr, 212 drive to the parking places and look for it on the left :-).

It's a traditional restaurant with traditional a menu.

 Since not too hungry decided to have a main course only. I choose the traditional Salade Gourmande. Since I hadn't had a piece of foie in a long long time ... It looked very good on the plate. Was a bit much salad and not too many ingredients like the magret fumé - hardly there. It could have been a bit more 'decorated'.

Quality was good though. Afterwards a small appetizer would have been nice.

Must go back sometime and try the local specialities. And than especially in summer.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Van Rijn - Amsterdam

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor van rijn amsterdam logoVan Rijn
Rembrandtplein 17
1017 CT  Amsterdam
+31 20 450 0555

What a stunning place. High ceilings, good location and new staff. With new I mean starting staff. Asking every step if all is oké, little bit too much but hey better than most places that's for sure.

We were with a group and had a small menu :

Peking Quail served with a pancake with hoisin, cucumber, sellery and red pepper

Plaice (Schol in NL) with aubergine compote, dried tomato and capers

Strawberries with creme fraiche ice cream, elderberry cream ice, cabernet sauvignon and basil

Menu was good, the quail was excellent, and for a place this big, holding up so many people it's pretty good. Not too fancy, good food and quality. The place it self is magic, helps too :-) Don't forget the toilets as well. And look around for all the details.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Ron Gastrobar Oriental - Amsterdam

Ron Gastrobar Oriental
Kerkstraat 23
1017 GA  Amsterdam
+31 20 223 5352

The second Gastrobar of Ron Blaauw but now on to the oriental style. Don't really know what to think of it. The place is perfect, nice bar on which lot of people eat, combined with lots of tables, two kitchens and a nice menu card.

Staff is (in beginning) not very helpful. We had to wait way to long for attention and or a drink. While there has been eye contact. Luckily it was better at the end but not very nice in begin. Almost left the place...

The menu is well presented and looks like there is enogh to choose from. For the menu you'll be givin it's quite a high price at the end of yout meal. Especially with prices like € 3,00 for an espresso ... That's too much for this quality. The meal is very high on flavor. Spicy (3 stars) is actually oké not too spicy so if like really really spicey no worries at all.

We had two starters

Shrimp toast with foie (1)
Octopus tempura (2)
pretty pricy for what you get. It's nice but especially the octopus could be better, bit more Octopus would have been nice.

Had some dumplings as well (4 + 5)
Dai Tie Sieuw Mai & Kai Kauw Choi Kau
Very good, fresh made in the seperate kitchen and full of flavour. Beats the dumplings from the well known freezers by miles...
We also took the Soft Shell Crab (3), love this dish ... soft shell crab is sooooo good.

Decided to have an extra go for the
Coquille with black beans (7)
Sweet and sour Shrimps (6)
Coquille was not the best combination as of some other dishes what you get for this price. Could do better. The Shrimps were perfect and well worth the money.

So that's why I started the way I did. Staff is not very well at times, the food is not always what you expect for small plate of € 15,00. So overall it's oké but could do some extra work. Not a place I 'need' to go back to next week.








Saturday, May 30, 2015

Eataly - Torrino / Italia

Via Nizza 230
10126 Torino (Lingotto)


What can we say .. a combination (for the Dutch foodies) between the Markthallen in Rotterdam, The Food hallen in Amsterdam, the new Jumbo Foodmarket. Combining the food for preparation at home, to go for a quick bite or just to eat inside. From the best espresso untill the best fresh fish and everything in between. Completed with presentation rooms. It's a foodies heaven. The prices of the ingredients are not for everyone (especially the fresh fish) but the items to eat in are good priced. Especially for the quality served. And it was full (not too many seats but all full).

Only two pictures that shows how they present their fresh bread and fish it's just a big treat :-) And of course they have fresh vegtables and fruits. They do have pastries, meat, pasta, chocolates etc, etc ....

Even a special café for the best espresso after the meal :-) And that espresso is really good, best one of those two days. If in the proximity you should definitely have a look and take your lunch there. If you sit between the fish and meat preparation areas you can order both :-)

They also serve for onlt € 1,00 bread and water as much as you want. And good quality bread - of course fresh from the own bakery. And a whole bottle of sparkling or still water as well. It's a treat to eat here. Should definitely work in Amsterdam ... :-)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Loetje aan 't IJ

Loetje aan 't IJ
Werfkade 14
1033 RA  Amsterdam


Been to I think all stores of Loetje. And here in the North of Amsterdam a few times. So I won't say much other than ... place is packed again and .... service and food impecable. They do amaze me though. Every time the same good quality and the same quick and pleasant service. This place is amazing though. Next to the water, nice ceiling (just have a look when you're there) and build in a round - like it very much !

So I wrote my first small visit in 2007 I think .... still one of the best to date ... Impressive !

So only will put 1 photo who says it all ...

19 IT - Amsterdam

Bar Restaurant 19IT                                    Breakfastclub De Pijp - by Bar - Restaurant 19IT
Tweede Jacob van Campenstraat 140
1073 XZ Amsterdam
+31 20 36 22 300


Rather new (during the time of this blog) is this bar restaurant a little of the 'high' streets but in the perfect 'Pijp' neighbourhood. A very stylish interieur with an open bar in stead of an open kitchen. Small preparations and coffee from an open bar. That's really something else and gives a good vibe. The staff can look from the monitors in the back and they really come right away so no feeling coming into a place were you need to waite for some attention ...

Two italian chefs that use fresh ingredients and pay a lot of attention to the presentation of the plates. It came to my attention and since they have a small breakfast offer just ran in for a small visit. They even have a flag outside saying The Breakfast Club De Pijp. Actually they don't have very much for breakfast so we ordered a smoothie and a sandwich (looked like 'Speltbrood' from BBrood) egg with salmon. referring to the breakfast is a bit of strange ... All very well presented and very tastefull. And a very well made cappuccino. I know only drink cappuccino in the morning and never during or especially after a meal, but than again I'm not an italian ... :-)

A very nice place, rather quite only table with a mother and daughter next to us. Maybe because it's just so new but looking at the menu Ill be visiting soon for lunch or diner.

Why can't I remember a day,
that I can't forget!
90210 - February 1999