If choosing is not your cup of tea, you will have a hard time at Temakery. This new takeaway and ‘fast casual restaurant’ is specialised in the latest healthy food trend around: bowls, wraps and hand rolls with an explosion of vitamins. Choose your base of quinoa, brown or white rice and fill it up with fish, tofu or chicken. Add your preferred veggies and healthy fats and top it off with your favourite sauce and crunchy stuff. In front of me an excellent sushi wrap of white rice was made, including tuna, seaweed, crab, avocado, a mango dressing and sesame. Loved it. I bet normal people could lunch or even dine on such a wrap, well not me. Luckily Temakery has some side dishes to choose from, one of them being a bit naughty – well, according to FIT-girls that is. I am talking about the fried Korean chicken wings: covered in a somewhat spicy sauce and sprinkled with cilantro and crushed peanuts. Meat so tender that even your toothless grandparents could eat it. For sure that naughty is da bomb!
Korean chicken wings, one portion, € 5.00
Ferdinand Bolstraat 128, South (De Pijp)
+31 (0) 6 24 13 21 45
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 11.30am-9pm
Food alert! The Spaarndammerstraat is getting hotter day by day. Let me introduce you to one of the newest kids on the block: Bocconi Sani, a small restaurant and takeaway serving pasta, soup, salads and bruschetta, bruschetta and bruschetta. This toasted bread of spelt flour is made in cooperation with Westerbos, a quality bakery at the Hugo de Grootplein. The cooks of Bocconi Sani drench the bread in olive oil of Vieste (Puglia, South East Italy), rub it with garlic and top each slice with the freshest of ingredients. I tried four mighty tasty variations: avocado, sun-dried tomatoes and mint, mashed artichokes, pancetta and mustard, baked sardines and onion and home-made roast beef with mushrooms. The toppings may differ from time to time, but the sardines and the roast beef are there to stay. These toppings turned out to be bestsellers. It’s easy to understand why: the sardines are juicy and full of taste and the slightly peppered beef is perfectly tender. Another good thing about the bruschette Bocconi sells: they are bocconi sani, Italian for ‘healthy bites’.
Mix of bruschette, four pieces, €9.50
Spaarndammerstraat 17, West (Spaarndammerbuurt)
+31 (0) 20 233 64 07
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday noon-midnight
Don’t you just love fresh mango? Sweet, velvety, juicy. Au naturel, turned into ice cream. With mango you can’t go wrong. Combine, for example, slices of mango with sticky rice drenched in coconut milk. De-li-cious. Rice and mango are made to match. That explains why sushi with mango is good too. Some weeks ago a food stylist I’ve worked with raved about Sushi Day. ‘Unlike similar places the chefs at Sushi Day roll and fill the sushi the moment you order. It’s always super fresh.’ I visited the place and, yes, he was right: it’s as fresh as it gets. Danny, the chatty and friendly owner of this takeaway and delivery, is passionate about his products and clients. ‘Most of my regulars are women. A good thing! Women are usually more critical than men.’ The sushi is made by his wife and two other experienced cooks. His wife learned the art of sushi making in several Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong. Wondering what sushi to buy? Let the sunshine in and order the ebi mango roll! Silky soft textures of avocado and mango, prawns with a bite, slightly salty tobiko (flying fish roe) and compact, soft rice. This bite evokes memories of sun, tropical beaches and azure blue seas.
Ebi mango roll, one, €6.50
Overtoom 466, West
+31 (0) 20 489 57 55
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 3pm-10pm (delivery: 5pm-9pm)