There are many things that make this place a very very good option, especially on sunny afternoons. The decor is classic, 40's-early 60's "Jazz Era", and no matter where you sit it is a room with a view. From the marbled pillars inside to the industrial harbour view, complete with ships of all descriptions sailing by on the IJ just outside your window seats. There are also terrace tables available for those who like the warm sun and the sea breeze while sipping teas or a enjoying a crispy light salad. The staff is at all times very friendly, doing their best to keep things "gezellige", which is Dutch for pleasant. The menu is inviting, to say the least. A great mix of starters, entrees, and desserts...which, to judge by the loving descriptions, would seem to justify the slightly higher than average prices. So far, so very, very good. Then the food arrives and one thinks...is the chef off tonite? The portions are adequate but not generous. Presentation? There are school lunches that look better on the plate. And then comes the tasting. You ask yourself..did anyone on staff try this before serving? If only the attention that had gone into decor, choosing service personnel, the menu..if only that attention had been shown in the kitchen then I would have had no problem giving this establishment a very good rating. But as it is....given the cafeteria quality meal and the hotel quality pricing, well... it's a nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to eat there...until they hire a new chef!
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