Japanese restaurant Izakaya at the Sir Albert hotel in Amsterdam - spicy tuna

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Izakaya Amsterdam: our all time favourite Japanese hotspot!

11 March 2014

Yourlbb loves Izakaya in Amsterdam

I know, I know.. we wrote about Izakaya and the Sir Albert hotel before. But hey, we just love this hotspot and since we reviewed Izakaya over a year ago it was time for an ‘Izakaya revisited’ blog. When you ask me what the best modern Asian restaurant in Amsterdam is, my answer still is Izakaya. I love to come here for the great cocktails (also super good mocktails, without alcohol) and superb Japanese food.

The menu consists of a selection of Asian style shared dining dishes and some main dishes. Since we wanted to try and taste as many flavours as we could my love and I went for the shared dining. Or actually I should say shared lunching ;-). On the extensive menu you will find warm dishes from tempura to gyoza and a very good selection from the raw bar. We kick off the lunch with a cocktail. Of course I order my favourite one: the Bloody Mary.

I’m so lucky that me and my boyfriend have exactly the same taste when it comes to food… We’re food twins! So we didn’t doubt long and enjoyed a selection of 6 dishes to share. This is perfect for a lunch (and If you lunch late you don’t even have to cook at night anymore ;-). We had the: popcorn shrimp tempura, fried rice with with spicy tuna, spicy tuna maki (uhm yes… we LOVE spicy tuna…), soft shell crab maki, crispy duck roll and Wagyu beef gyoza with foie. All recommended for you to try yourself!

Japanese restaurant Izakaya at the Sir Albert hotel in Amsterdam - duck roll
Japanese restaurant Izakaya at the Sir Albert hotel in Amsterdam - gyoza
Japanese restaurant Izakaya at the Sir Albert hotel in Amsterdam - popcorn shrimp
Japanese restaurant Izakaya at the Sir Albert hotel in Amsterdam - spicy tuna
Japanese restaurant Izakaya at the Sir Albert hotel in Amsterdam - gyoza
Japanese restaurant Izakaya at the Sir Albert hotel in Amsterdam - crab

The interior design is modern but warm and I’m always so much in love with the cute light blue plates with blossom flowers on them. When I spot these somewhere I’m going to buy them to use at home. We sat close to the window on one of the first sunny Sundays. The light shining in through the high windows… just perfect!

Japanese restaurant Izakaya at the Sir Albert hotel in Amsterdam
Japanese restaurant Izakaya at the Sir Albert hotel in Amsterdam

Ok, I will stop raving about my all time favourite Izakaya now.. I think the photos talk for themselves ;-).

Have you been to Izakaya? Do you like this place just as much as we do?

Izakaya Amsterdam

Address: Albert Cuypstraat 2-6, Amsterdam
Neighbourhood: Amsterdam De Pijp
Website: izakaya-amsterdam.com
Price level: around € 70,- p.p. for lunch including cocktails
Perfect for: a special lunch on the weekend with friends or your love

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Amsterdam Bucketlist
THINGS TO DO:
Canal Cruise by day or in the evening
A bike tour through Amsterdam OR Rent a bike by yourself
The best view over Amsterdam from the A’DAM Lookout
Visit Artis Royal Zoo
FAVOURITE MUSEUMS:
Rijksmuseum with the Dutch masters
Van Gogh Museum, a staple in Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum for modern art lovers
MOCO Museum for street art
Photography museum FOAM
SEASONAL:
Amsterdam Light Festival (during winter months)
Cruise like a local with your own boat (great with good weather!)
ONE OF A KIND:
Discover the Instagrammable experience WONDR
Red Light District tour
Get out of town and into the Dutch country side of Giethoorn

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Our favourite hotels:
AFFORDABLE // €
Generator Hostel: the best poshtel of the city located in a park.
The Student Hotel: budget proof in trendy East.
Het Volkshotel: affordable and with a cool rooftop bar.
CitizenM: all you need is that XL bed (location near Amstel is great).
Motel One: budget design hotel with locations at
VERY VERY NICE // €€
Hotel V: with two locations and a great restaurant, in the city center and East.
Sir Adam: with the coolest view over Amsterdam.
Sweets: a unique stay in former bridge houses.
Park Plaza Vondelpark: located next to Vondelpark and beautifully renovated.
Hotel Dwars: small scale around the corner of the trendy Utrechtsestraat.
Pillows Anna van den Vondel: great hotel close to Vondelpark.
Hotel Mercier: new hotel in the cosy and historic Jordaan district.
INK Hotel: lifestyle hotel in the heart of the city.
The Hoxton: favourite lifestyle hotel right on the canals.
Morgan & Mees: boutique hotel in Amsterdam West.
Conscious Hotel Westerpark: in a beautiful building at the industrial Westergas area.
QO Amsterdam: eco design hotel with a great skybar.
TOP LUXURY // €€€
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam: if you have something to celebrate this is the one.
Pulitzer Amsterdam: on the canals at the border of the Nine Streets and the Jordaan.
L’Europe: this hotel has the best spa with a view in Amsterdam.
Conservatorium Hotel: located in one of the most beautiful buildings in town.
W Amsterdam: with great restaurants and a rooftop bar with swimming pool.

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Anne de Buck