Discover Benelux, Issue 31, July 2016

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Discover Benelux | Amsterdam Highlights | Dam & Nieuwmarkt

Lunch with the locals TEXT: FRANK VAN LIESHOUT | PHOTOS: DE DRIE GRAEFJES

Looking to enjoy a hearty breakfast, a healthy lunch or a perfect coffee with a big slice of delicious cake right in the historic centre of Amsterdam? Look no further than De Drie Graefjes. Loved by locals and tourists alike, lunchroom and American bakery De Drie Graefjes offers a wide selection of all-day breakfasts, lunch, teas, coffees and American-style cakes and pastries. “Visitors from abroad really enjoy our local atmosphere,” says energetic young owner Aylin Oguz. “Many even revisit us during their short stay in Amsterdam.” Some six years ago, Aylin joined her father in his lunchroom on Gravenstraat, just behind Dam Square. Since then, they have opened a second trendy lunchroom and bakery on fashionable Rokin with a gorgeous view over the Amstel river. “I think our customers enjoy the historic setting, the relaxed atmosphere and the

friendly service we offer,” Aylin smiles. “And of course our wide assortment of sandwiches, American-style pastries and traditional high teas.” The extensive breakfast, brunch and lunch menu includes a large range of hot and cold sandwiches, burgers and salads. “Much of our breakfast and lunch menu is organic. And everything is freshly prepared on our premises.” At their Rokin bakery, De Drie Graefjes bake a delicious selection of scones, brownies, cupcakes, muffins, pies and cakes, including carrot cake, velvet cake and several flavours of cheese cake, on a daily basis. “It is all freshly baked and we serve big slices - we believe in offering value for money. Have it with one of our special coffees or teas and I can guarantee you will be one happy customer.”

www.dedriegraefjes.nl

Elegance, style and sophisticated Dutch food TEXT: XANDRA BOERSMA | PHOTOS: DE SILVEREN SPIEGEL

The beautiful and centrally located De Silveren Spiegel restaurant is one of the oldest in Amsterdam. The building it is housed in is even older, originating from 1614. It used to be the house of the mayor of Amsterdam – mister Spiegel – and still radiates this level of class. Purchased by Jim van der Hoff and his wife Francisca 16 years ago, their son Yves recently joined the business. “He is an amazing chef, who has worked in restaurants with Michelin stars for years,” Van der Hoff says, which is remarkable because he is only 22 years old. But, as guests have said multiple times, he is very capable. His speciality? “The eel always does great, as does the North Sea crab. But fish isn’t our only success. Our dish with stewed calf from Amsterdam is incredibly popular too,” Van der Hoff explains. “We want to promote Dutch products, all the ingredients we use originate here. As do the liqueurs and gin.” Plus, the

restaurant is one of three in Amsterdam that has an Award of Excellence from New York’s Wine Spectator. ‘Wine and Dine’ is another showpiece at De Silveren Spiegel. “You can choose from a three to six-course dinner and we have a specially selected wine for each dish. Fun fact: we recently added a dish to our regular menu that is served with a fine Dutch wine.” But it is not just the food that makes this restaurant worth visiting, it is the smile that greets you at the door. “Always,” Van der Hoff affirms. “Elegance, style and great hospitality.” www.desilverenspiegel.com

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