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Blog, Date Spot, Drink, Eat, London

Lassco Bar & Dining, Maltby Street Market

March 27, 2017
Lassco Bar & Dining, Maltby Street

Maltby Street Market is one of my favourite places in London.  A bit of a walk through some very quiet and a little dodgy parts of London, but worth it in the end.  On the weekend it’s heaving, and not with tourists, which is always a pleasure.  Especially since Borough Market has become so unbearable.

40 Maltby Street is a wine bar I repeatedly return to, with good ambience, nice wines and lovely food.  It seems to be one of the few places open in the evenings on the weekdays.  But then I read great reviews from the Nudge and Hot Dinners about the newly opened Lassco Bar & Dining, just opposite 40 Maltby Street, with very reasonable prices (£25 for 2 courses / £30 for three) and in an eccentric, fun setting.

Lassco Bar & Dining, Maltby Street

So I went on Friday and dragged a friend along.  When I finally managed to locate it (Lassco is a big warehouse, with multiple entrances), I found it very empty, which unnerved me slightly.  But it is an undeniably wonderful setting, and one which is hard to describe.  Everything around you is for sale, from the antique furniture, art work, tiles and vintage lamps.  You’re surrounded by a mixture of everything, from different continents and decades.  And it just works.

Lassco Bar & Dining, Maltby Street

The bar is jolly, adorned with (old school) bunting, and a good but select wine list.  The cocktails are meant to be worth trying too, but we stuck to the red wine (my preference went to the wine from Le Marche, Italy).   We were then led to the ‘dining room’, with attractive light green walls and a selection of prints hanging on the walls.   The food was good, starting with fresh sourdough bread and smoked whiskey butter which was beyond moorish.  I chose the scallops to start (delicious), Ash the beetroot and Stilton (also good – though Stilton always tends to overpower).

Lassco Bar & Dining, Maltby Street

Lassco Bar & Dining, Maltby Street

The main courses were both excellent, I again opted for the lemon sole (though I had forgotten how bony this fish is), and Ash went for the wild boar.  To finish I couldn’t resist the flourless chocolate cake, which tasted as good as it sounds.

Lassco Bar & Dining, Maltby Street

Lassco Bar & Dining, Maltby Street

Lassco Bar & Dining has a definite charm to it, and I’d recommend it for a low-lit date or even a sophisticated but fun night with a group of friends (reservations shouldn’t be hard).  It just needs a lot more diners (or drinkers), because it lacked the buzz and atmosphere that goes hand in hand with people having a good time.  They are apparently moving to an even larger space across the road in June, and I wish them all the best, because this is a place which deserves to do well.

Lassco Bar & Dining

Ropewalk, 41 Maltby Street,

SE1 3PA

Photo credit: Lassco Bar & Dining

Amsterdam, Blog, Drink, Eat, Stay, The Netherlands

The Pulitzer Hotel, Amsterdam

March 18, 2017
The Pulitzer, Amsterdam

Amsterdam has changed hugely in the past few years when it comes to hotels.  The iconic Amstel and De L’Europe have been pushed aside with the openings of new, better, glitzier or more contemporary hotels like the Waldorf Astoria (stunning all round), the W (I love the bar here) and the Hoxton (great for brunch).

The Pulitzer Amsterdam has been around for years, but shut for a massive refurbishment.  It re-opened in August 2016 and wow, it’s a stunner.  I’d never been to it before the renovation, so I don’t have much to compare it to.  But I was impressed not only with the look and feel of the place (a little Soho House-esque in terms of design and quirky touches) but also by how despite the hotel having 225 rooms, it still feels like a boutique hotel.

The Pulitzer, Amsterdam

It looks small(ish) from the outside too, but it’s actually 25 (!) canal houses put together, and connected by wonderful gardens and terraces, which will, I’m sure, be very popular in the summer.  The lobby stands out upon entering, with lots of colour and art.  And I love their cafe Pause, where we had tea and a delicious banana cake.

The Pulitzer, AmsterdamThe Pulitzer, AmsterdamThe Pulitzer, Amsterdam

While we only saw one room, I loved the look of it, under the beams, which is so quintessentially Dutch.  And it’s this mixture of classic Dutch design and a touch of the eclectic (and eccentric) which works so well here.   Some of the suites look amazing too.

The Pulitzer, AmsterdamThe Pulitzer, Amsterdam

My favourite part of the hotel was the Pulitzer Bar, so slick and beautiful and inviting and of course open to locals too.  I will be returning their for one of their signature cocktails.  Their restaurant Jansz also looks great, and can be accessed from the Reestraat (one of the nine ‘little streets’ / Negen Straatjes).

The Pulitzer, AmsterdamThe Pulitzer, Amsterdam

In short, all the Amsterdam old-timer hotels and even the new kids on the block need to watch out, as the Pulitzer provides a more affordable five star option, which will especially attract a younger, trendier crowd.

The Pulitzer

Prinsengracht 323,

1016 GZ Amsterdam

Rooms from EUR 275 a night

Photo credit: Pulitzer Hotel (apart from the photo of the bar)

Blog, Italy, Rome

Atelier Canova Tadolini, Rome – EAT

February 18, 2017
Museo Canova Tadolini, Rome

While I always try my hardest to be as ‘un-touristy’ as possible, especially when in Rome, where I like to consider myself almost a local (shame I don’t speak the language!), sometimes it’s quite fun to do something a little touristy and a little naff.

Having lunch at Atelier Canova Tadolini is one of these things worth doing.   We had a hilarious time, eating between the various classical busts and statues.  It was surprisingly quiet when we had lunch there, and made it almost feel like we had a private dining experience, were it for a charming French family who sat next to us.

Atelier Canova Tadolini, RomeAtelier Canova Tadolini, Rome

The staff were lovely, smiling at us as we took the mandatory photos of us having lunch.

And the food was surprisingly good.  I would stick to the ‘primi’ dishes – the pasta and risotto options – which were very rich but delicious.  I opted for the zucchini flower risotto which was a real hit, and my other favourite was the pecorino and black pepper home made pasta in the parmesan basket which is very typical of Rome.  The prices are also very reasonable.

Atelier Canova Tadolini, RomeAtelier Canova Tadolini, Rome

We left after a strong espresso to give us more energy to continue exploring the city.  While this isn’t on my top places to eat in Rome, I would recommend it, even if you just stop by for a coffee, because ultimately it is a fun and different experience.

Oh, and book ahead.

Ristorante Atelier Canova Tadolini

Via del Babuino 150/A

0039 632110702

Blog, Date Spot, Do, Drink, Eat, London

Petersham Nurseries, Richmond Park

January 3, 2017
Petersham Nurseries, Richmond

Going for a walk in Richmond Park is something I don’t do enough.  And every time I go I remind myself how beautiful it is, how tame the deer are and how it actually feels like you’re in the countryside [for a little while].  And now I have another excuse to keep returning: Petersham Nurseries.

Richmond ParkRichmond Park

It’s one of those places where I wondered why on earth I hadn’t come sooner.  First and foremost it’s a garden centre, which doesn’t sound hugely appealing in itself.  But then you get there and you understand what all the fuss is about.  Even in early November, when it gets dark early and Richmond Park is soggy and your hands are freezing, Petersham Nurseries is like a flowery fairytale.  Everything is ridiculously pretty, without being kitsch.

Petersham Nurseries, Richmond park

But flowers aside, there’s a lot more to Petersham Nurseries.  Namely the restaurant and cafe, both in glasshouses.  In fact, it reminds me a little of a British version of South Africa’s Babylonstoren.  Arguably without the sun, the winelands, and the Cape Dutch architecture, but Babylonstoren does also have a cafe and an excellent restaurant (Babel) in glasshouses.  There’s something about eating in a glasshouse that clearly appeals, I for one love it.

Petersham Nurseries, Richmond park

We came here for tea, having walked our on-loan dog Amiga through an autumnal Richmond Park.  Dogs are allowed too (in the cafe).  Even in the winter this place gets busy, and the restaurant is always fully booked (so book ahead).   The cafe is teaming with life; from dogs barking, children laughing and friends gossiping.  The cakes are so good you could sit here for hours and work your way through the (considerable) selection.  They – of course – also have a large range of teas, from mint to English Breakfast, and also serve more casual, hearty lunch options like quiches and roasts.   It’s cosy and warm and the best place to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Petersham Nurseries, Richmond

Petersham Nurseries’ more formal restaurant made a name for itself when chef Skye Gyngell (who since left to set up Spring) became Head Chef, and it was awarded a Michelin star.   I’m yet to eat here, but I’ve only heard good things.

But quite honestly, Petersham Nurseries was one of my 2016 highlights.  And I look forward to returning many more times in 2017.

Petersham Nurseries

Church Lane, Petersham Road,

Richmond TW10 7AB

Photo credit: my own and Stephanie Wolff’s photos

Blog, Mexico, Mexico City

Huset, Mexico City

December 31, 2016
Huset, Mexico City

Huset is one of Mexico City’s 2016 new openings, and has been exceptionally well received by locals and tourists a like.  In the very trendy district of Roma Norte (the place for bar hopping and cool restaurants), Huset has found the perfect home.

Its stand out feature is of course its beautiful green terrace/courtyard, which is wonderful for brunch/lunch, or for dinner. With countless lamp bulbs strung overhead, almost like a ceiling of lights, it looks stunning lit up at night.  Naturally it’s most popular to sit here, and very lively, so book ahead if you specifically want to sit here.

Huset, Mexico City

We did not book ahead on a Saturday night, so sat inside.  The bar inside is charming too, less atmospheric perhaps, but with exceptionally nice staff (their English isn’t great, but who cares), who are talented cocktail shakers.  Our Espresso Martinis were excellent and helped fight off our jet lag.  But Huset is mainly a place to come for lunch or dinner, and as we had booked Pujol for dinner we didn’t dine here, which I quite regretted having looked at the menu.  I have since also read excellent reviews of the food.

Huset, Mexico City

Huset

Colima 256, Cuauhtemoc,

Roma Nte.

Mexico City

 

Blog, Croatia

Laganini Lounge Bar & Fish House, Palmizana Hvar

July 20, 2016
Laganini, Hvar

If you’re spending a couple of days in Hvar it’s highly recommended to hire a boat for the day.  No need for a super yacht – even a little speed boat (doesn’t cost much) will do, and it means you can sail around the islands surrounding Hvar (mainly the Pakleni islands).  Palmizana is one of them – the perfect place for lunch at Bacchus and then a relaxing afternoon at Laganini beach club.

Laganini, Hvar

If you like Hula Hula Beach Bar but you’re looking for something a little quieter and more relaxed, Laganini is perfect.  You don’t pay the prices of Bonj les Bains, but you still get a very comfortable place to spend the day.  They also serve serving platters if you feel like a snack, and drinks too of course.  In the summer months it does get busier, but the vibe remains more laid back than in Hvar itself.

Langanini HvarLaganini, Hvar

The restaurant – which is more formal – serves excellent, refined food (and lots of fresh fish). Guaranteed a fun day (or night) out.

FYI you can also get a shared water taxi there from Hvar harbour. 

Laganini Lounge Bar & Fish House

Palmižana 33, 21450, Hvar, Croatia

Photo credit: Laganini

Blog, Croatia

Dalmatino, Hvar – EAT

July 18, 2016
Dalmatino, Hvar

I’m always sceptical when I’m recommended a restaurant which is number one on Tripadvisor.  Will it be excessively touristy?  Will it lack authenticity?  Are the reviews real?  Dalmatino is top of list on Tripadvisor for Hvar.  And, despite my hesitation, I did end up going because not only had my colleague loved it (and been twice in three days), but Rob managed to sneak there for lunch while I was doing bridesmaid duties, and he came back raving about it as well.

So then I had to go.  Nothing would stop me, not even when my friend who tried to make a reservation for us was told that it was fully booked all night.  I just called them and pleaded.  And begged.  And somehow that seemed to work, and the five of us got a table downstairs which was perfect.  I think it’s better to sit outside (as always tends to be the case in warm holiday destinations like Hvar), but beggars can’t be choosers.

First thing to mention is the service.   All the waiters there are extraordinarily friendly.  In a very genuine, unforced way.  They are clearly proud to work there (taking you through the menu with care and dedication), and happy to help you in any way possible.  Their aim is to make your evening enjoyable.  And they completely succeed here.

Dalmatino, Hvar

But you come here for the food.  And I didn’t really think Croatia did food like it (on the whole, I still think Croatian food is a poor version of Italian cuisine).  But Dalmatino blew us all away.  From the stunning, fresh tuna and avocado tartare, to the shrimp and orange tartar – the starters were healthy and delicious.

Dalmatino, HvarBut the dish which blew us all away was the black truffle and shrimp gnocchi – so rich, so creamy and so opulent (photo below does not do it justice).  The portion was massive but there’s no way you will leave a morsel.

Dalmatino, Hvar

The setting is simple, right by Hvar’s marina, down a little side street.  It looks unassuming, unflashy – in contrast to the superyachts moored around the corner.  But it will be full every lunch and night this summer, so if you’re in Hvar you must go, and make sure you book ahead.  Unless you’re not afraid to beg.

Dalmatino, Hvar

Dalmatino

Sveti Marak 1,

21450 Hvar

Photo credit: Dalmatino

Blog, Cape Town, South Africa

The Pot Luck Club, Cape Town – EAT + DRINK

January 5, 2016
The Pot Luck Club, Cape Town

I often find the Potluck Club somewhat overshadowed by its more prominent and more famous sister restaurant, the Test Kitchen.  They sit side by side within the the Old Biscuit Mill, a complex filled with charming boutiques, restaurants and bars, in an otherwise fairly dodgy part of Cape Town.  Side by side isn’t perhaps so accurate – while the Test Kitchen is on ground level, part of the unique charm of the Potluck Club is that it is elevated, on the 6th floor of the factory tower.  This means wonderful views of Cape Town, Table Mountain and beyond.

Potluck Club, Cape Town

We came here for a cocktail before dinner at the Test Kitchen, and even if you can’t get a table booking at either of them (the Potluck club is also notoriously difficult), I would recommend coming here for a drink.  Arrive early and getting a seat at the bar shouldn’t be a problem.  For me there were three highlights:

  1. The aforementioned views (the city looks so beautiful at sunset, but also very cool in the dark) and aesthetics of the place itself.  I preferred the interiors and the setting here to the Test Kitchen.  It’s a little more casual here but still is clearly a place to come for a special occasion. It had a great buzz.
  2. The bar staff were phenomenal. So friendly, so skilled and so enthusiastic.  They gave us tasters to help us make our choices, they explained how they been through proper training courses and how much they loved working there.
  3. The cocktails. Until arriving in Cape Town I’d struggled to find a bar in South Africa which served good cocktails, even at some of the five star hotels we stayed. So I stuck to wine.  At the Potluck Club the Martini menu was so good I wanted to try a whole range of them. I struck gold with the rosemary and elderflower vodka martini, and then was recommended the thai curry martini. I was hesitant but loved it – the chilli and the lemongrass were a wonderful addition to the citrus and vodka. And the best bit?  They were no more than £2.50 a cocktail. Too good to be true.

The Pot Luck Club, Cape Town

We could have sat by the bar all evening, sipping martinis and talking about Cape Town, but had to head down to the Test Kitchen for dinner (it’s a tough life).  So this is a place I have to return to, because the food that came by looked wonderful.  And I really need to have one of their rosemary elderflower martinis again.

The Pot Luck Club, Cape Town

The Potluck Club

6, The Silo,

The Old Biscuit Mill,

373-375 Albert Rd,

Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915,

Photo credit: the Potluck Club

Blog, Drink, Eat, London, Stay

Mondrian Hotel, South Bank

December 25, 2015
Mondrian Hotel, South Bank

London has had quite a few show-stopping hotel openings in 2015, but the Mondrian Hotel may be the most prominent one of all.  And for good reason – this modern beauty, with prime location in the Sea Containers building on the South Bank is worth a visit.  Whether it be for breakfast, dinner, cocktails or an overnight stay, the Mondrian will delight.

I went for dinner and cocktails about a month ago. Even your arrival is memorable – the copper, sea inspired ‘wave’ is perhaps more unique than it is beautiful, but I loved it.  The whole design of the place is to echo a 1920s cruise ship.  In my mind that description sounds like it should look hideous, but it’s far from it.

Mondrian Hotel, South BankMondrian Hotel, South Bank

The restaurant – colourful and shiny – was busy in a pleasant way; the design sleek with a flashy bar in the centre of the room.  But your eyes are instantly drawn to the views.  You’re right on the river Thames and you’ve got Blackfriars Bridge and the City on your right (the Tate Modern is an 8 minute walk), and Westminster and all its glories to your left.  The food was delicious and light, presented with care.  Perhaps I chose healthy options, but I left feeling satisfied without overly full (which is sadly usually the case when you’re as greedy as I am).

Mondrian Hotel, South BankMondrian Hotel, South Bank

The bar at the Mondrian is perhaps even more of a highlight than the restaurant – the decor (modern, of course) again stands out. While bright pink leather sofas may not necessarily be my cup of tea, here they fit perfectly with the emerald green walls. At night the bar is so dimly lit you don’t even necessarily notice the colours.  Again, the view drew my attention more than anything. London looks so magical at night, and from the bar (make sure you sit close to the window) the views are uninterrupted.  The cocktails too deserve a mention, the menu beautifully designed and the drinks were well crafted.

Mondrian Hotel, South Bank

The Mondrian hotel may not be for everyone – it’s daring and loud, the design is ridiculously slick and it perhaps lacks a degree coziness.  But its style is fun and original, the views phenomenal, the location ideal to see London and the pricing fair (this is all relative of course).  While I didn’t see the rooms I know some say they do feel slightly more business-like than the hotel’s communal areas, but still very comfortable with all the mod-cons you could wish for.

Mondrian Hotel, South BankMondrian Hotel, South Bank

But I suppose what I liked so much about the place was that the restaurant and bar did not feel like they were part of a hotel at all.  So regardless of whether you’re a hotel guest or not, you still very much feel like a special guest in your own right.

The Mondrian Hotel

Sea Containers

20 Upper Ground,

London SE1 9PD

Blog, South Africa

Babylonstoren, Franschoek – STAY

December 14, 2015
Babylonstoren, Franschoek

Franschoek is a very pretty Cape Dutch Town, all white washed cottages, a lovely 19th Century church and plenty of cafes and restaurants populating the high street. But it is beyond the town where Franschoek’s beauty truly lies. In the towering mountains, the roads winding through vineyard after vineyard, the picturesque Cape Dutch farm houses surrounded by beautiful gardens.

Babylonstoren, Franschoek

Babylonstoren is one of the oldest Cape Dutch farm in the area (it’s in between Franschoek and Paarl), and it is out of this world stunning.  It not only boasts a vineyard, but it is an actual (200 hectare) working farm, with the most lovely gardens.   And with the mountains in the backdrop it is breathtaking.

Babylonstoren, FranschoekBabylonstoren, Franschoek

Anyone can come and visit Babylonstoren, for a 10 rand (£0.50) fee at the entrance. I can see the appeal, especially for families. There are donkeys, chickens, a wonderful Glasshouse for a casual picnic style lunch (we had the freshest smoked trout on sourdough), and of course, the gardens to walk through.

Babylonstoren, FranschoekBabylonstoren, FranschoekBabylonstoren, Franschoek

You can also stay on the property, which I highly recommend.  At the moment it offers 21 suites and cottages (some of them with multiple bedrooms), but they are adding a few more.   While from the outside these suites and cottages look like simple white washed farm houses, from the inside they are a sight to behold. It’s like walking into a Scandinavian suite; large open plan bedrooms with four poster beds, large windows, wooden floors, fireplaces, high ceilings and a huge white bathroom (the baths are heavenly). The family units also offer a fully functioning kitchen, ideal for those with younger kids or if you want to be more self-sufficient.

Babylonstoren, FranschoekBabylonstoren, Franschoek

Their fine dining restaurant, Babel, was under construction when I went, but is usually booked months in advance. You can expect plenty of fresh, home grown produce and a seriously high standard of food.

Their pool was one of my favourite parts, in an old water reservoir, with lovely views of the surroundings.  They’ve now also built a ‘beach’, where you can have massages, and they have quite an extensive ‘Garden spa’, as well as a very modern gym.   And for the shopaholics, they have one of the best ‘hotel’ boutiques I’ve come across, with fantastic scented candles, wines, biltong and other souvenirs.  It goes without saying that they also offer daily wine tasting sessions, and are nearly finished with a new space for the wine tastings (it looks stunning).

Babylonstoren, FranschoekBabylonstoren, Franschoek

In short, Babylonstoren is a dream come true for couples or families – an authentic, warm experience, with the more delightful staff, in the most beautiful setting.

Rates from £220 per room in low season.

Other recommended places to stay in the Franschoek area:

*La Residence (if you want to splash out)

*Mont Rochelle (If you’re a fan of the Virgin Limited properties – who isn’t?) – also good to swing by for a picnic lunch

*Or this charming Airbnb property (if you’re on a budget).

Photo credit: Babylonstoren, and some my own.

Blog, Date Spot, Eat, London

10 Greek Street, Soho

December 6, 2015
10 Greek Street, Soho

I’ve spent a lot of time on Greek Street in Soho recently: dining at the excellent Korean grill Bo Drake, drinks at hidden bar the Vault under Milroys and now – finally – having dinner at 10 Greek Street.

I’ve been wanting to go for so long but have been put off by long queues and rumours of how difficult it is to get a table.  But this should not deter you, because, like other popular establishments like Palomar, they’ll take your name and number and give you a call when a table’s available.  So you can grab a cocktail at the Vault a few doors down, or grab a glass of wine at the new Les Couilles de Chien bar (translation: Dog’s bollocks) at Arbutus around the corner on Frith Street.

10 Greek Street, Soho

10 Greek Street is small, with just 30 covers.  It offers a simple but inviting dining room, with menus scribbled on large blackboards.  It has an open kitchen which adds to the lively atmosphere.   It is the perfect place for a date or to come to with a group of friends, like I did.  The menu changes daily and delighted us with a generous array of healthy options.  Lots of fish, pulses, grains and my favourite orange foods (sweet potatoes/pumpkin/squash).  It was Thanksgiving so that might explain the abundance of pumpkin (the burrata and roasted pumpkin was sublime).

We order a selection of small and large plates and shared everything between the four of us.  Our favourite was beyond any doubt the artichoke tart with truffle shavings and rocket.  Exquisite and almost too good to share.   The langoustines with a light fennel salad were full of flavour, but I always find it more effort than its worth trying to get the (little) meat from the shell.  The butterflied red snapper was delicious and zesty, the sea bass with cauliflower, pomegranate and large couscous had a hint of the Middle East and I really enjoyed it.

10 Greek Street, Soho10 Greek Street, Soho10 Greek Street, Soho

Puddings were equally delightful.  The chocolate tart with pear was finished within seconds, and the warm tart tartin was phenomenal with ice cream.  We drank three bottles of wine, trying three different ones with the Bordeaux winning for me, though the others liked the lighter Pinot Noir.

10 Greek Street, Soho10 Greek Street, Soho

We had a fun, long dinner and there wasn’t a dish we didn’t enjoy.  The staff were friendly, attentive and gave us good recommendations.  It fully lived up to my expectations and is worth returning to, regardless of the wait for a table.

10 Greek Street

Soho

Photo credit: 10 Greek Street and my Instagram

Amsterdam, Blog, Drink, Eat, The Netherlands

Cafe Panache, Amsterdam

October 19, 2015
Cafe Panache, Amsterdam

I always thought the Dutch liked to have dinner early; that eating at 10 or 11pm like the Spanish was just not a done thing.  Until we arrived at – heaving – Cafe Panache, the new restaurant & bar in Amsterdam West that everyone seems to be talking about and loving.  We were late, having just been to the fantastic UNSEEN Photography Fair, but I thought that at 10pm we wouldn’t have a problem getting a table.  Wrong.  We were told to wait at the bar while we waited for a table to clear.  I was astounded.

Cafe Panache, Amsterdam

Cafe Panache has the feel of a buzzing warehouse restaurant in New York’s Meatpacking district.  The energy of the place, which was still in full flow when we left past midnight, is unlike any restaurant I’ve been to in Amsterdam.  This is where all the locals hang out – as the Dutch would say, it’s the new ‘hotspot’ in town.  And it’s a complete mix of people; hipster/posh/grungy/yummy mummy/student.  I loved it.

Cafe Panache, Amsterdam

Their menu tends to seem quite fish-heavy, but what I really recommend if you’re looking for value for money is their three course set menu.  For 30 Euros you get a starter (we had the gravlax), a main course (we had beef) and pudding (baked cheese cake).  The main course was the best of the lot, the beef cooked perfectly, with celeriac mash and chicory.  The gravlax was slightly on the dry side, and while the girls weren’t a massive fan of the cheesecake, I loved it.  We also ordered oysters on the side (3 euros a pop), as it seemed a shame not to try more of their seafood selection.

Cafe Panache, Amsterdam

If you don’t want a full on meal, then you can just enjoy the large bar area and order bar snacks (we saw some phenomenal sharing platters come by).  It seems a bit more casual there, and open until 1am.  While the location is a bit out of the way (in the less familiar part of the Ten Kate markt), you’re in the centre in less than 10 minutes (by bike) and there are a number of other pubs and bars you can head to in West if you prefer.

Really recommend it.

Cafe Panache

Ten Katestraat 117,

1053 CC Amsterdam

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