Nes 67, Amsterdam, 1012 KD
- Recommended for:
- Couples, First-time travellers, Singles, People watching, Relaxation, Trendiness
Expert review of Brasserie Harkema
Harkema reminds me of all those rather exciting, see-and-be-seen, good-looking restaurants that Terence Conran opened in London back in the 1990s. Once the offices and storage building for a tobacco wholesaler, it is a large, dramatic dining space, with an open-plan kitchen one side and a wall covered with wine bottles.
Expect uncomplicated but good-quality classic brasserie dishes - oysters, Caesar salad, wild boar paté, onion soup, coq au vin, grilled tuna, steak and chips, apple tart, brownies...I recently had a vast, satisfying venison stew with a baked pear and mash. The lunch menu is simpler - croque monsieur, eggs benedict, that sort of thing. House wines are cheap (2.9 euros a glass).
Informal and lively, with tables closely packed.
Swift. It's a well-run machine, with waiters in white T-shirts taking orders, and those in black T-shirts delivering the food.
On a narrow backstreet right in the centre of the city just off Dam Square.
Good value by Amsterdam's (pricey) standards, with three-course dinners costing around 25-35 euros, without drinks.
More information on Brasserie Harkema:
- Price guide:
- Nes 67, Amsterdam, 1012 KD
- 020 428 2222
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Daily noon-4pm, 5.30pm-11pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards: