I arrived in holland for a holiday from australia a few days before my parents did (who had not been back to holland since the 1970's after they had immigrated in 1958) and wanted to have a meal at a traditional Dutch restaurant.
I walked passed this restaurant many times while I was exploring Amsterdam and from the outside it looked like a very nice place to visit, so I decided to take them there.
Little did I know that my father knew about this restaurant when he lived in holland in the 1950's and remembered it although he never went there (this restaurant gas been around for 100 years!!).
So we went in for lunch with no reservation.
I have to agree with the other reviewers annoyance about the wait to be seated - we stood at the doorway for a good five minutes while waiters walked past us and din not acknowledge us at all. Were we supposed to find our own table? Were we supposed to make a booking? My father finally decided to tap a waiter in the shoulder and asked if we could have a table, when he said 'you might as well take that one then' as he pointed to one.
The restaurant was not completely full, but even with the waiters being busy, they could have just told us 'we'll be with you in a moment' which they did not do at all. Once we had the table it took a while before we got our menu's.
After this questionable first impression, things improved. We ordered traditional Dutch fare of pea soup, meatballs and asparagus, along with fried eggs and ham on bread (a Dutch specialty).
The food was hearty and delicious, and was just like a home cooked meal my parents were used to when they lived in holland all those years ago. It was great for them! The atmosphere was nice too - wood and bergandy and the opulence of an old fashioned good quality restaurant. The staff were friendly once they got to us and after a scrumptious meal we left quite happy. So much so we'll come back for dinner one night. But perhaps we should book this time?
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