Every time I visit the Kanarie Club I order the same dish. Look at this picture. Can you blame me? These juicy red heads sprinkled with almonds are floating on a lake of ricotta, situated on top of wentelteefjes, the Dutch version of French toast, drenched in lavender syrup. The taste of this dish is as good as its looks. The pretty cool interior and happy vibes of the club adding to the ultimate ‘Zen feeling’. This club for ‘free minded birds’ is owned by Tsibo Lin, Chong Chu, Zing-Kyn Cheung en Rakish Gangapersad, the founding fathers of the neighbouring Foodhallen If you can’t stand the heat of this food market anymore, do visit this club. It’s an ideal spot to have a drink or to dine before going to the movies at the Filmhallen. You need to get some work done? Relaxed free work places in abundance, the club even has some lockers to leave your laptop while you walk around. An oasis amidst one the most vibrant quarters of Amsterdam.
Kanarie Club Wentelteefjes with ricotta and strawberries, €7.50
Bellamyplein 51, West
+31 (0) 20 218 17 75
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 8.30am-11pm, Friday 8.30am-2.30am, Saturday9.30am-2.30am, Sunday 9.30am-11pm
Si, si, I know that Il Tramezzino is world-famous in Amsterdam for its tramezzini, triangular sandwiches constructed from two slices of soft bread with the crusts removed and filled with Italian culinary highlights, such as mortadella and olives, pollo e peperoni and – my favorite – mackerel, truffles and radicchio. But today I would like to draw your attention to its home-made savoury pies. Recently I got hooked on the torta salata featuring spinach, ricotta, raisins and toasted pine nuts. It’s the combination of salt and sweet that adds panache to this pie. If you’ve ever had Palermo’s trademark dish, pasta with wild fennel, sardines, raisins and pine nuts, you have experienced the same sensation – well sort of. It’s the kind of pie that shouts for a talk about the exquisite simplicity of Italian cuisine. Dare to indulge in some serious moments of la dolce far niente at this peaceful spot in the bustling Haarlemmerstraat. If needed, an espresso of one of the best and oldest Italian coffee brands, Caffè Vergnano, will bring you back to reality in a split second.
Torta salata with spinach and ricotta, one piece, €4.25
Haarlemmerstraat 79, City Centre (Haarlemmerbuurt)
+31 (0) 20 770 71 31
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 9.30am-5pm