MEDITERRANEAN flavours at The House Bar & Kitchen in Amsterdam
Have you heard of The House Bar & Kitchen? In the building where first Sing Sing was situated (which used to be very hip, but suffered a silent death later) there’s now this new hotspot. The interior looks flawless. Lots of marble (love it!) and wooden details. In between meetings I recently cycled past this new restaurant in the south of Amsterdam in the Cornelis Krusemanstraat and I just had to stop for a coffee. Once inside I instantly fell in love with the large reading table of black marble. So pretty! And the rest of the place has a great atmosphere too, but most of all very cosy. The fish bone floor emanates such a warm feeling and fits right into the majestic old south of Amsterdam. While I nip my cappuccino, which has been prepared with one of the best machine ever by the way and – to be fair – tastes very good, I have a look at the menu.It also looks very good!
the menu x The House Bar & Kitchen in Amsterdam
Finally something different in the old southern part of Amsterdam when it comes to restaurants. You can find lots of brasseries and good Italian restaurants, but a hotspot where they serve you the Mediterranean kitchen with a dash of French (for breakfast) and especially a little bit of Turkish influences, was still missing. Immediately I have discovered something that I’ll have to come back for with my lover: a fried egg with Sucuk (spicy Turkish sausage). We get this sausage at our usual Turkish store in the east of Amsterdam and it’s so good when you’re in need of a solid breakfast after a night of too many drinks and too much fun with friends. Furthermore you can have breakfast with lots of crêpes and you have several options of bread to choose from, for example (oh yes!) Turkish bread. The evening menu is diverse and you’ll notice the Italian, Meditteranean and Turkish influences here. The meat and fish are prepared on the Josper grill and I’m sure I won’t have to explain to you just what it is that makes this SO tasty. The grill of grills! Who’s craving for a more easy going dinner can have a seat for a pasta or perhaps a pizza from the brick kiln (very handy if you’re having kids with you for dinner). The dishes that cross my eye look good!
The first impression of The House Bar & Kitchen in Amsterdam? A good successor of Sing Sing and this new restaurant is a gain for the old-south of Amsterdam. I for one will definitely return very soon to have an elaborate tasting!
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
⋙ 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
⋙ 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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I really hope you enjoy your time in Amsterdam! On my Instagram account @yourlbb you can find more recommendations and new hotspots in town.
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Cornelis Krusemanstraat 15Amsterdam (Amsterdam Old South)