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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Elkaar

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Ranked #200 of 3,767 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $33 - $60
Cuisines: European, French, Dutch
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Plantage & the East
Description: At Restaurant Elkaar you are always very welcome for a relax lunch or romantic dinner. We have a cozy ambience and unique terrace in Amsterdam.
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2012

Visited here for a casual business dinner. The restaurant interior was warm and inviting. The service was excellent albeit at a very relaxed place. We ordered aperitifs and were given amuse bouches before the dinner menus were presented to us. All the food was artfully presented and excellently prepared. It was the type of restaurant that you felt you could trust that whatever you ordered off the menu would be wonderful, even if it was an item you wouldn't normally order. It was a very enjoyable meal and I wouldn't hesitate to return.

  • Visited December 2012
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New York City, New York
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Loved it, loved it, loved it.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2012

I went here because it was close to my hotel and I wanted something local. Anything they dish up is highly original and very tasty indeed. I was there at six and the place around six thirty and did not feel uncomfortable eating alone, it got very busy at seven! Unusual and tasty, house-wine excellent but 4.50 a glass? Would recommend if you like quality with a difference and don't mind spending a bit.

  • Visited November 2012
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1 Thank Hope R
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26 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Wasn't my kind of restaurant...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012 via mobile

If I had to describe it in a word, that word would be "pretentious". If you like plates and dish-ware that is curved and fancy, and food that is a visual work of art, and ingredients that are unusual, then this place might be for you. But I wasn't 'wowed' by most of the food, and I found the portions to be small, with the exception of the main course. I'll sacrifice all that other stuff for incredible tasting food.

Perhaps because it was French food, the plates all (it seemed) had to have something 'tartare' or sweetbreads (organ meat) or quail eggs, to be haute cuisine... I prefer my food cooked, my meat standard and my eggs from a chicken. When they have to explain what is each item on my plate, I'd rather not bother with it.

This is what I mean by "pretentious".

Service was very friendly, although leisurely -- I felt it was slow, as we waited for several minutes between each course (and because of the portion sizes there was nothing but bread to eat most of the time), however you might like a slow pace such as this. I am also used to being checked on a few minutes after each course is served; is this an American bias? For example, we were not checked-on during the beef entree, and the almost-uneaten beef was cleared away without question. I would have mentioned something if asked.

The best thing I had was the risotto 'mid-course' item; my only regret was there wasn't enough of it. It was really nice. The entree' (French for 'appetizer', correctly) was described as "smoked beef thinly sliced"... But I expected that smoking the beef would have cooked it, and it was for the most part raw. I didn't care for the taste of the chicken main course at all.

In addition, it was described just as chicken, but it turned out to be breast meat only. (That comment is included to inform dark-meat lovers.)

My wife had the lobster bisque, which was tasty, but the thinnest bisque ever, with no chunks of anything. Her veal main course was good. Well prepared but not enchanting.

If you like cassoulet, or heavily sauced meats (as I do) for your French food, I don't recommend eating here. Otherwise this may be to your liking.

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New Hope, Pennsylvania
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“Unique, excellent food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

All of the dishes we ordered were excellent, unique sauces with a light and flavorful touch. Quiet location, with outdoor seating, along a canal on Plantage Middenlan, near Tropenmuseum.

Visited July 2012
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“It all comes together at Elkaar....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2012

Right across the canal from the Tropenmuseum, Restaurant Elkaar is slowly working towards a spot among Amsterdam's favourite dining spots. Located between the museum and the Amsterdam Zoo and on the ground floor of a residential building, this small restaurant offers contemporary food and beautiful wines. The elegant dishes are not only beautifully presented but deliver on flavour as well. The subtle flavours of our starter with mackerel tartare and crab 'cocktail' worked really well with the pata negra ham. The risotto with scallops was silken smooth and the lobster tail on our main meltingly soft. All in all Elkaar ticked almost all the boxes but please change those paintings on the wall!

  • Visited April 2012
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1 Thank Zwef
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