Hoofdstad Brasserie … enjoy Amsterdam’s canals

When I visited: August 2015

Location: Amsterdam, within Hotel de l’Europe

Team: Richard van Oostenbrugge (Executive Chef), Dannis Apeldoorn (Head Sommelier)

Rating in the Michelin Guide: Bib Gourmand (=very good value) and Recommended

Dining Owl Hoot rating: 3/5

What to wear: Men – jeans or nice trousers and a shirt; women – jeans and a smart top or a smart dress

Ambience: Smart / casual, canal view

Course of the meal: Ceviche of dorado

If I could change one thing: Faster service


Hotel de l’Europe is gorgeous and posh and includes a Michelin-starred restaurant (Bord’eau), but as this was closed on my visit with my partner Owl, we went to the brasserie instead. We went for lunch and chose seats looking out onto the canal. The service was unfortunately a bit slow but the serving staff were very friendly and helpful and the food and drink itself was good.

We had a bottle of white whine (Chablis) with our a la carte lunch. The highlight for me was my starter of the ceviche of dorade, which was light and delicious. My partner Owl had gazpacho with tomato and cucumber which was delivered with the ‘joke’ “watch out, it’s hot!”. Lame banter aside, both starters were very good. Our mains were tenderloin steak frites and canner lobster, which both came with a bowl of seasoned lettuce. Another highlight was the seasonal cake (chocolate) we shared at the end, which again was light and sumptuous.

This brasserie is definitely worth a visit if you’re in Amsterdam and want a reliable place for lunch.

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