I was in Amsterdam for work and was recommended this place by so many websites And foody blogs .I really wanted to like it but was totally underwhelmed and disappointed. First the positives. It's a cool space, well done out and has a nice vibe. The staff were friendly enough . Our waiter had to read the menu from his iPhone which was odd as seeing as they have one menu for the week I would have thought by Friday he would have been able to remember what was on it. The menu is a series of tapas style dishes to share as starters, meat or fish as main and one desert. The starters were all cold and were all tasty but there was very little skill on show here by the kitchen, two cheese dishes, hummus, sausage and mussels with an over reduced, bitter sauce. As a main I had the chop and it was a nice cut, well cooked and seasoned but came with two cannaloni filled with ricotta and spinach that had been sort of re fried so they were hard on the outside......an italian would have fainted to see such a classic dish ruined and also served with meat. The wild mushrooms that came with it had grit in them . I had asked if they could cater for my vegetarian wife when I booked and they said yes. When I asked if they had a vegetarian option for her the waiter shrugged, asked another waiter who shrugged and ended up serving her the cannaloni with some fried broccoli . Really very poor. Desert was even worse. What looked like chocolate mousse was in fact melted dark chocolate in a glass with cream on top with a bit of poached pear. It was rock hard and a bit of a disaster. That was the desert. most dishes were prepared in advance so to be so poor was quite an achievement. Did no one in the kitchen taste the chocolate and realise it was wrong as a dessert? Wine was fine. Now if this food had been €20 each I would have not felt the need to write this review but the bill was €94. If I had been served this standard of food by a friend at a dinner party then I would have thought it was fine with a few typical on the night disasters but to pay these kind of prices for this standard of cooking is just not good enough. I really think the owners need to get out more and travel to other cities ( london , New York, Melbourne etc ) and realise that this level of cooking and service just Doesn't do it in 2013. The concept is fine , its very simple but it requires much better ambition and execution . The place is seemingly packed and people rave about it online and so I don't think it will change but really it was just one massive let down. It is definitely a 'style over substance 'type of place. It could be great and that is the real shame.
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