Miguel Martín Goméz and Florian Stallinga worked together at Hugo’s Bar Kitchen. Unfortunately this funky Amsterdam place is gone, but thank god the boys started Pikoteo: a very alive & kicking café serving a creative mix & match of European, Latin-American and Asian flavours, reflecting their cosmopolitan background. Chef Miguel was born in Madrid and lived in France, Germany, Austria, China and Indonesia before settling in Amsterdam. Manager Florian lived in Austria, England, Dubai and China before returning to this place of birth: good ol’ Amsterdam. Their joint-venture is a spot where fun and good food rules, slightly adventurous food I’d like to add, such as a foie gras crème brûlée or quail lollipops. Among my many favourites are the scallop ceviche, the tataki of tuna, spring perfect egg, Johnny Bravas and croquetas de jamon, excellent croquettes with Spanish ham served with salmorejo, a tomato dip with a tiny bit of sour. If you want to spoil your inner hedonist, visit Pikoteo and don’t forget to say ‘hi’ to the ultra friendly lady with the red hair. She rocks!
Croquetas de jamon, one large portion , €9.00
Houtmankade 9, West
+31 (0) 20 774 89 40
Opening hours: Sunday-Thursday 11am-1am, Friday-Saturday 11am-3am