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.
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