So I know I usually only write about places that are off the beaten track. Those little gems you wouldn’t necessarily find unless someone told you about them. Insider tips basically. The Seafood Bar in Amsterdam definitely does not classify as such. On the contrary, it probably is among the most popular restaurants of the Dutch capital. But hey, rules are there to be broken every once in awhile, aren’t they? Personally I’m a big fan of this fish & seafood restaurant, which is why I wanted to share it with you despite its fame.
So far, I’ve been to the Seafood Bar three times: twice to the one in the Pijp – a very nice area to go for a stroll by the way – and once to the restaurant located at the Spui. Food and service wise things have always been excellent. In terms of main courses, I’m afraid I can’t tell you much, as I’ve chosen the platter you see on the picture, the ‘Plateau Deluxe’, every time I was at the Seafood Bar. I just love seafood and it’s not something I often eat, therefore I like to order a platter full of different crustaceans whenever I can. Preferably with fresh bread and some home made mayonnaise…
I can tell you however that some of the startes – in particular the Irish oysters and the Dutch shrimp croquettes – are delicious. As is the Plateau Deluxe obviously, if not I wouldn’t go for it all the time. It serves two and comes, among other things, with different types of prawns, a couple of langoustines, smoked eel (one of my favourites) and two types of smoked salmon. If you want to pair it with a bottle of alcohol – and let’s be honest here, if you want to do it right, you should – I suggest you go for the prosecco. Oh, and if you feel like a dessert, have the lemon pie. It’s one of the best ones I’ve had and I’m not usually a dessert person.
The Seafood Bar in Amsterdam has 3 different locations, go here for more information. If you want to go in the evening, you probably need to book in advance.