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“Great come-back!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bicken

Bicken
Overtoom 28-30, 1054 HJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Ranked #942 of 2,435 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Amsterdam
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Great come-back!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

Already several years ago we visited this restaurant and were very pleased with our experience there. Unfortunately, the second and third time we went there, the quality had deteriorated and we decided not to return. Luckily I decided to try again last november (after reading definitely better reviews on a Dutch restaurant website) and was very, very pleasantly surprised. Apparently a new team is working the kitchen and with more than good results. That evening I had a most enjoyable evening with absolutely lovely food. Perfectly prepared and brought to us in a very friendly professional way. Soon after my husband and I decided to try again, now with other (also culinary spoilt) friends. Again the menu was filled with fresh, seasonal products (I love it when I am served dishes that should be served in season). in the end, the bill is quite reasonable and one returns home happy and satisfied. Great place, good value, definitely a thumbs up1

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Portland, Oregon
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
“BICKEN - Great Good Restaurant near Leiden Square”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

Staying at the Marriott and was tired of the 'touristy' fare at Leider Square and walked around the corner to an Indonesian restaurnat that is highly rated - but alas, it was closed. So having passed Bicken and it looked promising, took them up on dinner. Good choice (see other review re AMS this trip). They were almost full but were able to seat us near the front window. Their English was very good and they were very helpful with the menu (only in Dutch and English, except for the special Dine AMS week pris fix menu). They were very helpful in selecting the various courses and the wine paring was very good as well. The food is generally classically French, only three or four ingredients/flavors on a dish at a time. I started with the fennel mouse with 'carpaccio' of langoustines and deep fried small Dutch prawns - this was a very interesting dish that when you mixed it all together in your mouth, it really came alive. The next course was the special of the week, duck three ways - perfectly cooked duck breast, with a duck filled thin pasta and foi gras all on a light duck sauce. This was accompanied with an excellent light Italian red (don't recall the name). Individually it was OK, but as instructed, when all three duck pieces were forked together at the same time, it was an interested experience that was not expected. First the foi gras, the texture of the duck breast and then the smooth texure of the pasta roll - must do this again. The finish was their chocolat emousse with amarene cherry's on a bed of mango relish. . OK, this sort of worked as the mousse by itself was excellent with the mango, but when mixed with the cherries, they simply overpowered and all you really tasted was cherry. Topped of with a coffee.

Given the expense and not so great quality of the food in the Leiter square area, really surprized that at a total of 60 euros for a very good dinning experience (even the chef came around to make sure things were going well) and excellent dinner that more people are not going here from the local hotels.

Good eats . . .
Classic French –

Fennel mouse with “carpaccio” of langoustines and deep fried small Dutch prawns 13.00
Duck three ways . . .
Dark chocolate mousse with foam of Amarene cherry’s and mango

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Porto, Portugal
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80 reviews 80 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Cosy, central and good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Right near Leidesplein this small restaurante has the right atmosphere, for a good dinner out, staff was very efficient and food very simple and well prepared. I went several times as I travel for work very often to close by location. Worth a visit but make sure to book as it is sometimes full.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Thank you very much Bicken”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

I cannot understand why visitors to the centre of Amsterdam, walk into a McDonalds or KFC, when this lovely little (and unknown) restaurant is a 2 minute walk away. I went to visit a friend in amsterdam recently, and we ate so much delicious food and drank amazing wine, all very reasonably priced...wow.

It has a modern feel, an excellent chef, and main courses for under 20 euros. Amazing value for money, the prices wont be this low for a long time. Michelin will be on their way...

Thank you Bicken very much...you really looked after me.

See you again when i am back in Amsterdam.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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86 reviews 86 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Better than average!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

We found this restaurant just a bit too pricy for what you get. That's why I rated it only three stars. Couldn't fault the service, wines and food though. Atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Staff were friendly and efficient. They served some lovely bread and excellent salted butter and a nice complimentary amuse. Portions were a bit too small and the plates weren't hot enough. Food was nice (rouleau/pate style mousse wrapped in bacon as a starter and duckbreast as main) but nothing special. Wines were good, but expensive. A good restaurant, but not in my top 10 of Amsterdam restaurants.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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