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Amsterdam this weekend, 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinner

OK after a little more research on the forum and a few calls across the ocean, De kas is definitely not possible (haha figures! i'm the type of person who calls restaurants 1 - 2 months ahead for reservation)... Anyhow, I decided on dinner at Blue Pepper for one night, the other night I wanted Bathazar's Kitchen but found out that they're only open for 3 nights a week? (wow what kinda restaurant is that!) Anyway if anyone can suggest something similar, like, casual elegant setting with simply good food that would be great (and of course, possible reservation/ walk-in). Thanks!

Feb 12, 2008
darbi in International Archive

Amsterdam this weekend, 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinner

Looking for some help here. My boyfriend and I are going to Amsterdam for less than 36 hours. We've both been to Amsterdam before but we didn't have much luck in finding anything better than frites and mayo. It was really our fault that we didn't do much research on food because we were with a group that had less inclination for culinary adventures.

A little background on us, we've lived in New York City for over a year and had been fortunate enough to sample some of the best restaurants in the city: per se, le bernadine, babbo, gramacy tavern etc. We are quite obsessed with good food and are generally very adventurous, anything to from fine dinning to a hole in the wall place in chinatown.

This time in Amsterdam I decided to do a little more research. I know it's already a little late for reserach but I've been too bz at work and this trip kinda came as a last minute thing.

What are the chances of me scoring a table at a good restaurant this weekend?? (a quick browse through this forum scareams De Kas?) I would like to have at least 1 fancy/romantic meal in Amsterdam since it's our 4th anniversary.

We also want to sample Indonesian food at some point. After that, we're open to any suggestions. Thanks in advance!

Feb 12, 2008
darbi in International Archive

Per Se AND French Laundry Veterans: Is FL worth trying?

Yeah I think $250 a head is quite hard to justify even though this is for a special occaion (my bf's bday) and god knows when I will go to the wine country again. I've been reading a lot of postings and the reviews (for both Per Se & French Laundry) are either GREAT or OVERATED. So it's making it even harder for me to decide. Now I think I may stir up a storm by saying that I think most ppl who think the food there is great is b/c they are millionaires or they do not frequent as many good as restaurants as other chow-hounders, and the ppl who think the food is overrated are either feeling the pain in their wallet or knows that there are plenty of places where the amount of money your pay equate to the food/atmostphere/service fairly. Comments?

Jan 30, 2007
darbi in San Francisco Bay Area

Per Se AND French Laundry Veterans: Is FL worth trying?

Hi, I am going to visit the Wine Country in a couple months and I made a reservation at French laundry but am wondering if it's worth going. I have been to Per se about a year ago but I thought it was a little over-rated. I probably caught myself with impossible expectations due to all the hype. My bf who ate at Per Se with me, had a cold that night and could hardly taste anything. He's dying to go back to Per Se but we haven't had the chance. Any thought on French Laundry?

Jan 30, 2007
darbi in San Francisco Bay Area

Any rock solid dinner choices left?

wonder why everyone here are so against cafe d'alsace? I ate there 3 times within the past 4 weeks and I thought the food were consistently good...

Dec 28, 2006
darbi in Manhattan

Any rock solid dinner choices left?

Babbo (if you can get a table), Tia Pol (Tapas), Cook Shop (organic american), Cafe D'Alsace (french bistro)

Dec 28, 2006
darbi in Manhattan

Je' Bon noodle shop

I order from there once in awhile. Considering where I live is a delivery deadzone (15st & 3rd) this is a decent choice. The food is nothing to be excited about but hey, it is cheap and at least edible (no offence but, I wouldn't say it's well-prepared chinese food).

Dec 27, 2006
darbi in Manhattan

restaurants serving seasonal veggies and game?

I went to Picholine 2 weeks ago and they have a pretty comprehensive game menu. I didn't try it myself but I think the food there is decent (just try hard not to focus on the decor of the place). It didn't really wow me but maybe their game is different.

Dec 27, 2006
darbi in Manhattan

Need some help from Babbo veterans

I did the pasta tasting menu with the wine pairing at babbo the first time I went. Our reservation was at 10pm and we tried to starve ourselves the whole day before going (which may not have been such a good idea). The pasta tasting (if i remember correctly) is 5 courses of pasta and 3 courses of dessert. It was a VERY filling meal, by the time the 5th pasta came I was barely able to eat, and definitely feeling the wine. I was surprised by the amount of wine they poured, they pretty much poured a full glass for every course. So by the end of the meal I was definitely out of it. If you can drink a lot, I think the wine pairing is a pretty good deal, I think it's $50 extra? All in all I think it was a very delicious meal. I don't think you can get the same pasta anywhere else.

Dec 21, 2006
darbi in Manhattan