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“A young chef has created a second excellent restaurant” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Modern

Cafe Modern
Meidoornweg 2, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Ranked #270 of 2,465 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, French
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Scottsdale, Arizona
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“A young chef has created a second excellent restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Cafe Modern, 2 Meidoornweg Amsterdam, +31 20-494 06, a short taxi ride from downtown is worth the visit;No pretense exists here, so come with your partner, family, and friends but make a reservation since it gets very busy on the weekends. Reservations should be made in advance on line. .Cafe Modern is an upscale restaurant of about 80-90 covers, with 2 chefs and an assistant pupil, three servers, and head waiter. We had a grand meal, paired with very nice and modest priced wines from Germany, Austria, and France; The prix fixed meal with wine was 75 Euros for each.The restaurant/café is about 1 year old, and Chef Sander is a young man,who studied European history at University, and then quit to become a chef. For us, this was great.The meal included a raw Ahi tuna served with some carrot, kohlrabi diced over the tuna, with some lettuce, and accompanied by fried squid a slice from the body and a slice from the arm with some of the center of the arm removed. The squid was dried; a leak soup with white wine vinegar and mussels, a small filet of pike served over sauerkraut with a small a jus, a Barberry Duck Breast sliced over black rice, with yellow and pink beets (two pieces, soft and mild flavor, an aubergine puree as a scoop, and sauce like preiselbeeren (lingonberries) , the dessert was a cinnamon moose covered with a plumb like syrup with scoop of vanilla ice-cream. The cheese course was simple and nice with a goat"s, sheep's, and blue cheese combination with a slight amount of apple syrup. His menu may change even further, since was going to see Gabrielle Kreuter's Modern at the MOMA in NYC. I will definitely return to this gem, without hesitation.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Houston, Texas
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78 restaurant reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Will return!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Despite going solo, this restaurant not only had incredible food but also incredible service. The portions were perfect, the wine choices well matched. It was a bit of a trek from my hotel but well worth it. I will definitely return again when in Amsterdam.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 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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“Excellent food in former bank building!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Café Modern, is the new kid on the block in Amsterdam! Interior is in a style of the fifties. A bit nilism. Service outstanding, the owner alsways greets you personaly, by handshakes, his assistent does the same, they make you feel very welcome.
And then the food a five small courses dinner, that changes every week. Creative cooking and the most important very tasteful and innovating. The starters in the menu are outstanding. Wines and winelist are a bit simple, but the wines do fit the menu's. So that is very oké!
And very funny, toilets are downstairs in the former safes of this former banking building!
This place is in Amsterdam Noord, but if your by bike, you cross the harbour by pont and then it is only two minutes.
Top place!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Geneva, Switzerland
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182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
“Absolutely delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

I had such great dinner here on the terrace. The food was extremely tasty, and inventive. I had the set menu, there were no other choices, and it was truly delicious. They were so kind as to prepare a dish for my son separately. The white wine I drank was so good. The waiter was professional and very friendly at the same time, a rare combination. I will be back whenever I'll travel to Amsterdam!

Visited July 2013
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“Supurb restaurant in up-and-coming North Amsterdam”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Great restaurant just 10 minutes away from the northern banks of the IJ river, reachable by ferry from Central Station. A bit hard to find, and surrounded by dismal housing blocks, but a definite must-go! Its fifties interior makes you feel like dining in DDR athmosphere (like the film 'The Lives of Others'), but serving high-end cuisine. The staff is extremly friendly and serves fixed 5-course day menus for € 40, that change every week. The starter was a fried soft-shell crab, followed by pumpkin soup. The main course was a lovely cod fish, followed by tasty steak. Desert was a great vanilla mousse with blood orange and sesame candy. Please check the toilets downstairs for a peek into the building's past - a former bank - where you will find all kinds of safe-deposits, even in the toilet! Closed on sundays. From the same owners of hip restaurant 'Hotel de Goudfazant', also in Amsterdam North.

  • 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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