Discover Benelux, Issue 43, July 2017

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Discover Benelux  |  Amsterdam South  |  The Ultimate Summer Destination

Takeaway heaven for chicken lovers TEXT: BAS VAN DUREN  |  PHOTOS: CHEFS POULET & FRITES

Dutch cuisine is no stranger to comfort food and it is the combination of chicken, fries and apple sauce that can be described as its pinnacle. Over at CHEFS Poulet & Frites, sisters Helen and Martine Hissink created their own take on the dish, serving it with freshly cut fries, an array of finger foods, homemade sauces such as ketchup and mayonnaise and the most succulent free-range chicken. With their door at the Scheldeplein (near RAI Convention Centre) wide open, anyone approaching CHEFS Poulet & Frites is greeted with smells that will drag you inside like a scene from a cartoon. The culprit is a big rotisserie, slow-roasting chickens for that tender, flavourful taste. The secret? “Putting some lemon, garlic and herbs and rubbing it in with our homemade mixture,” tells Helen Hissink, holding a bottle of homemade CHEFS piri piri.

The ingredients are all on the label, but not the ratio. “That’s the chef’s secret,” she grins. “We deliver through Foodora, Deliveroo and UberEATS to locals, nearby hotels and B&Bs, but don’t let that stop you from ordering in here. We created a homely atmosphere: you can sit outside or inside at the chef’s table. Order your food and sip on a wine to complement our dishes such as chicken stew or chicken meatballs in Soprano-style tomato sauce. There’s also ‘rocking’ chicken thighs – treated with my own mix of harissa, ras el hanout, almonds, raisins and more,” adds Hissink.

“I try to come up with new recipes inspired by existing ones, but also by travelling and tasting everything, ensuring CHEFS Poulet & Frites is a true takeaway heaven for chicken lovers.”

CHEFS Poulet & Frites Scheldeplein 20, 1078 GR Amsterdam Tel: +31 (0)20-2339100 Email: Web:

Restaurant Stedelijk: exciting your senses TEXT: CHARLOTTE VAN HEK  |  PHOTOS: RESTAURANT STEDELIJK

Located at the very heart of Amsterdam’s bustling museum district, Restaurant Stedelijk is as exceptional as the artworks hanging in the eponymous museum. It does not get much more ‘Amsterdam’ than Restaurant Stedelijk. Located at the worldfamous eponymous museum, the restaurant’s fashionable red and white interior has become a recognisable staple in the museum quarter, while its dishes are known far beyond. Not planning a trip to the museum? Panic not, as no ticket is required to eat at Restaurant Stedelijk. Food is served all day long: from breakfast to

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lunch, to dinner, to bar bites. The Fish Market allows you to enjoy everything the sea has to offer. Visiting as a couple? Try the delicious fish plateau, which is perfect for two to share. Executive chef Richard Aloserij and chef Arnoud van Ommen honour an international spirit with their cooking, translating to a wide variety of surprising world cuisine dishes that are ever-changing, dependent on the season. Thanks to local connections, the (mainly organic) products are sourced from Amsterdam and the surroundings. The balance between the interior and the exterior ensure a finishing touch to your visit. Living up to its name as a ‘museum res-

taurant’, Stedelijk has created a contemporary atmosphere with ingredients such as the eye-catching bar, idiosyncratic art, and matching furniture. In summer, the restaurant terrace is a lovely place to view all the ins and outs of one of Amsterdam’s most beautiful neighbourhoods and enjoy the sun any time of the day. Web: Facebook: RestaurantStedelijk Instagram: @stedelijkrestaurant

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