August 17, 2009

De Belhamel Amsterdam

I was sure that my first review you would read while I'm in Europe would be one from Barcelona since I've been here for most of the time. But to my surprise, it's going to be a restaurant in Amsterdam. I have been to most of Europe and for some reason I never made it here until now, even though I've been wanting to come here for many years.



What a lovely evening it was at De Belhamel. The food was excellent and the table outside situated between the brewery's canal and the bike path was a perfect spot to watch the swans, boats and bikers passing by. The table we had was long enough to share with two other people who were seated next to us. We ended up having a nice conversation with Dr. Carla Delfos and Saskia Hegt. Saskia left Holland 40 years ago to live in New York and decided to come back and live in Amsterdam again. We even exchanged business cards for a future reunion either in Chicago or Amsterdam. I just love meeting people and hearing their stories.



The food is French/Dutch which is typical in Holland. Carlos had 'Salade belhamel' as a first course and it was excellent. For the main course, he had sea bass with fried risotto, green asparagus, and an anti boise dressing. I ordered from the set menu of the day which were sauteed prawns and scallops with puff pastry and chive-shrimps. It was SO GOOD! For the main course, I had the rack of lamb with eggplant biscuit and basil gravy, and finishing it all off with raspberry pink pepper parfait with nougatine.




The service was friendly and some people might say relaxed (slow) but considering the great food and the lovely time we had, we didn't mind it at all. The price is between 35€ - 50€ per person without drinks.

More to come from Amsterdam, stay tuned!

Sun

1 comment:

  1. the dishes look really great. thanks, Sun, for sharing your great find.

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