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“Good products, cool setting, poor technique”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Barbeque Castell

Barbeque Castell
Ranked #93 of 3,767 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Stadsdeel Zuid
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Good products, cool setting, poor technique”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

We were recommended to this place by a friend. Glad we went and had a nice time. Waitresses were really nice and service was great.
Also, the food was of good quality. Started with a crab cocktail, a little too mayo influenced...the crab didn't need the drenching.
Second for us was the filet (the big one) and the chicken skewers. The meat was good
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BUT here comes the only problem. They don't grill it correctly. They have a really cool open grill area on display. Rustic, nice touch. They have it really hot, and the grates are really close to the heat. It means they get a good, elicits sear on the meat, but the problem is they can't keep it on there very long. Makes it impossible to cook it correctly.

My filet came out and I could tell right away, just by how it moved and reacted to the pressure of my knife/fork. Now, to be clear, I am no stranger to steak houses, and am a medium rare to rare man. But when you slice 1mm in and it's pretty much raw you know you're in trouble.

I ate the perimeter and in as much as I could and then asked to have it revisit the grill. The gal said 'no problem' and whisked it away like it happens all the time. I was ready to explain and be polite and everything. No need, it was handled without so much as a flinch.

Came back and same story...ate it about half an inch in and then sent it back (offered this time) for one last go.

So, that's what happened. Delicious, but wow, just barely cooked. Again, a poor technique. They need to teach these guys how to check the steak with pressure on the grill for firmness. You shouldn't have to send it back once, let alone twice. The sear should have some thickness to it.

THe potato was awesome.

Visited July 2013
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“EXCELLENT!!!! BEEF GREAT!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013

THe portions are good!!! quite expensive but the taste is so well worth it! I got the lamb which was 19 euros and very juicy barley added any sauce to it! very fulfilling meal!

  • Visited June 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Best ribs i ever eat anywhere in the world......”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013

Came back to this place after not visiting it for several years.
I have to say that they still have the best ribs i ever had. I travelled around since being here back in the day and i have never had ribs as good as at this place.

The place itself is decorated really nicely and the service was just great. Very friendly people.

Highly recommended.

  • Visited June 2013
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Moscow
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“Greatest grill!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2013

If you want to eat the greatest grill in Amst ;) you shoud go here. I had seat in front of grill oven and saw by my eyes how red pieces of uncooked meat became a greatest steaks ;) it is a magic atmosphere there. Most of all i recommend to take a Mix Grill!

  • Visited May 2013
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Tiberias, Israel
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great like the first time..”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

I would highly recommend this place... great meat and superb staff.
If weather allows you, try to get a sit outside and have a couple of beers until the food arrives.
Never a disappointment.

Visited May 2013
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