Brasserie Harkema

Price guide: Mid-range

Nes 67, Amsterdam, 1012 KD

Price guide: Mid-range

Brasserie Harkema © Yarushka

By Fred Mawer, your Amsterdam expert

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#20 of 40
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Expert overall rating:4.1 out of 5
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Ambience:
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Service:
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Location:
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Value for money:
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Recommended for:
Couples, First-time travellers, Singles, People watching, Relaxation, Trendiness

Expert review of Brasserie Harkema

Buzzy, French-style brasserie in a former tobacco warehouse.

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.

Food and drink: 

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).

Ambience: 

Informal and lively, with tables closely packed.

Service: 

Swift. It's a well-run machine, with waiters in white T-shirts taking orders, and those in black T-shirts delivering the food.

Location: 

On a narrow backstreet right in the centre of the city just off Dam Square. 

Price advice: 

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:
Mid-range
Type:
Brasserie
Food:
French
Address:
Nes 67, Amsterdam, 1012 KD
Telephone:
020 428 2222
Website:
http://www.brasserieharkema.nl
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Daily noon-4pm, 5.30pm-11pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

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