We booked a table for 4 for an evening meal. The menu looked inviting and the class of the restaurant looked good too. We were advised to book for 18.30 as the restaurant was fully booked later on in the evening. We arrived at 18.30 and had to wait in the doorway as the table we had booked was not quite ready. In fact there were still people having coffee and waiting for their bill. I do not know why we were not given another table. By the time we were seated and menus given we could have booked the 19.00 time slot that we had wanted.
We were shown to our table by Jose our server for the evening. We ordered water and wine. Our food order was taken and we waited for our starters to arrive. The waiter served the red wine and I had a taste of it. I noticed that the cork had been pierced and pieces were in my glass. The waiter took the glass and put it on another table and gave me another glass in which to try the wine. Shortly thereafter, we noticed that the 1/3 full glass of wine was still sitting on the other table. I asked about the wine that we were missing from the bottle. The waiter apologised, went to the kitchen and returned with my filtered wine. A little strange to say the least.
My husband, sister and brother in law chose the set menu at 32€ but I chose a la carte. My husband and brother in law chose the pea soup with smoked sausage and bacon, which was served in a tureen. They pronounced it very delicious. My sister also praised her asparagus soup. In fact, she had wanted a different starter. She had chosen something from the set menu but it was not available so was advised to choose from the al a carte menu. This was when she decided on the soup, which she did find delicious. This was also served in a soup tureen. I had the 3 fish starter which consisted of smoked salmon, fish soup and fish cake, I think it was crab and the three were tasty.
We waited a while for our main dish. As we were in no hurry and were prepared to wait the delay was not a problem. The restaurant was full and very busy. We all made our choices, three of us ordering pork dishes while my sister ordered steak with prunes and onions, with brown bread.. My brother in law found his pork rather tough. I did not have dessert but the others did. They had bread pudding with ice cream which they thoroughly enjoyed.
Although we were prepared to wait for a while for our food we found the whole evening meal took over three hours which was rather a long time. Service in the restaurant did appear to be slow although there was plenty of staff available. Friday night when we dined was particularly busy. I would recommend dining here but first reserve a table for dinner. My sister and brother in law were not impressed and would not recommend this restaurant. There was some confusion over the bill because of the substitution that the waiter had suggested but it worked out well in the end.
The toilets were located towards the back of the restaurant and were easy to reach. They were clean and well maintained. Good location and friendly service. The bill was not excessive for Amsterdam.
We found out that the restaurant dated from 1911 and there were art deco features throughout. The restaurant was located across from the Dam Square and easy to reach.
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