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Ultimately when it comes to the Pasta Factory it depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re in the area, craving Italian-American style food and just want to have a quick bite then by all means. But if you want something special, true Italian or even Italian-American made with a lot of heart – you should keep looking. I stopped into the Pasta Factory at Muntplein for a work lunch yesterday. It’s right in the middle of the action – just across the street from the Bloemgracht or floating flower market and a short walk from Rembrandtplein. It’s prime real…

When family came to visit last month my partner Bogdan spent a lot of time putting together a list of Amsterdam points of interest: good restaurants, shops, local attractions etc. He came across newly opened Vatten Ramen when looking for good ramen places in Amsterdam and added it to the list. One evening after drinks at de Kroon in Rembrandtplein, we were close enough to walk over for dinner. Five of us ordered the signature dish vatten ramen. We all opted for the addition of a marinated egg and shared the karaage aka. deep fried chicken and the takoyaki -…

It’s obvious that this family-run eatery is the work of people with a deep love and respect for food. The quintessentially Dutch fried kibbeling is prepared according to an old family recipe. Besides fried fish you’ll also find king crab legs, fresh tuna, mussels, oysters and clams – all prepared while you wait with friendly service and reasonable prices. This is a must-eat if you’re visiting the Netherlands (or live here) and want to sample something truly Dutch. One of the benefits of working in the centre of Amsterdam is that there’s no shortage of interesting places to eat at…

I was totally blown away friends. Pilsvogel doesn’t just deliver good food and good service in a picturesque (prime people watching) spot, it goes above and beyond. From the excellent presentation to the totally delicious food, the whole experience exceeded my expectations…including most notably the bathroom. On Sunday afternoon we headed out in search of kimchi and candles. I had wanted to check on Tjin’s Toko for a while. It’s a well known spot for picking up diverse food items that you can’t easily find in most supermarkets in Amsterdam i.e. kimchi. So off we headed towards Tjin’s in De…

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