Brasserie Harkema

Address: Nes 67, Amsterdam, 1012 KD, The Netherlands
Telephone: 020 428 2222

- Mid-range

4.1

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
3.9
90%
Service
4
90%
Food and drink
3.9
90%
Value for money
4.3
90%
Ambience
4.3
90%
Location
3.9
90%

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.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • First-time travellers
  • Singles
  • People watching
  • Relaxation
  • Trendiness

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