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“High Point of Dutch Dining” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Blauw aan de Wal

Blauw aan de Wal
Ranked #235 of 3,725 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $120
Cuisines: European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Red Light District (De Wallen)
San Carlos, CA
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115 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
“High Point of Dutch Dining”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2014

Blauw aan de Wal is tucked in an alley in the seedy red light district; you most probably will walk by the place if you are not paying close attention, which is hard to do with the Lupercalian revels taking place in the streets all around you. Once you enter the place it is refreshingly bright, particularly the upstairs rooms (I thought the downstairs, after dark, was too dark), though the large windows look out on nothing interesting, the blank yellow walls of buildings. Be that as it may, the concentration here is on the food and the bright, starched linens and plain white plates on the table. The menu is very simply a couple of offerings with a couple of choices each on a fixed menu. My wife had the Angus steak tartare with caviar on potato salad and pickles and green apples. For the main course she had the perfectly done tuna with fennel in a ginger broth with brioche gnocchi and carrots and tiny asparagus. I had the octopus terrine with mussels on a bed of zucchini. My main course was the coriander and black pepper encrusted fillet of lamb with mashed chickpeas. For dessert we had the thick shaved parmesan poached pear in a white wine, honey, cinnamon and black pepper sauce. Our wine choice was a Braunewell Teufelspfad Spätburgunder 2011. This was a meal of a very high order, one of two really superb meals we had in three weeks of European travel, the other being in Sarlat, France.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Maarssen, The Netherlands
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91 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Way too expensive”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2014

Some colleagues and I ate some weeks ago in Blauw aan de Wal. I had seen some good reviews.
Unfortunately, the restaurant did not distinguish itself from the most restaurants in Amsterdam. Much pretensions and only mediocre performances. All right, we had some nice food, but nothing really special. Except the price. We had a three course menu for 59 euro. In the nearby restaurant Lastage (one Michelin star) a three course menu is 39 euro. Next to the price, I was quite dissatisfied with the wine. We got wine with each course. The wines were not special, they did not really fit with the food, and we got longwinded explanations for each wine.
So, next time I will go to Lastage. Less expensive, much more refined food and a good sommelier.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Loved it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2014 via mobile

Great little restaurant astride the red light district. 3 of us let the staff decide what we would eat, which included outstanding razor clams, tuna and lamb cooked with dates all of which were excellently cooked and delivered un rushed and in a laid back fashion - there is no hurry at this restaurant and your allowed to sit and enjoy. The white room almost perfectly sits as an exact opposite to melee of the streets outside. A bit pricey but very very good

Visited May 2014
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“Lost their way....”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2014 via mobile

This used to be one of my favourite places to take visitors. Great location and cosy with simple and tasty menu. But visiting again after some time, the menu/food were poor. Strange combinations that meant it was difficult for many of us to even find something we liked. Lamb very tough and chewy, People were nice and friendly but would not go back until they improve the menu and quality of food.

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The Netherlands
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“Perfect diner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2014 via mobile

Lovely surrounding and top meal. Every dish was so lovely put on the plate! It needs a star! Service was friendly and the wines very well chosen.good atmosphere.

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