Discover Benelux | Summer Special | Amsterdam Oost Highlights
So, what can you expect? Well, let’s just say that the boys and girls of service can be the first to enter the dance floor, just to make sure that you will join them after you have finished your dinner. That does not mean that they are dancing all night, of course. According to Verhoeven, they are “extremely compliant and willing to boil the ocean when it comes to serving the guests”. Who are those guests then, you might ask? Although everyone is welcome, obviously, the restaurant focuses on firststring men and women, mainly past their thirties, who really want to turn a restaurant visit into a night out. “They mostly arrive around 8pm, order something off the menu, enjoy their food and have some drinks afterwards. We do not really do background music as we are not afraid to turn up the volume a bit.” In that way, The Harbour Club tries to add something
extra to the evening – it is no coincidence that the personnel are the first to show off their dance moves. Now that the restaurant has been included in Amsterdam East’s brand-new development plan, they are planning on expanding, so their guests can even stay after hours, if they desire. One of the main reasons the restaurant manages to distinguish itself from other places in the area, is its variety of wellknown (and lesser known) concepts, such as ‘Lobster Monday’, where whole lobsters are served for no more than 25 euros and ‘The Harbour Club Goes Cabaret’: a monthly recurring evening, inspired by the club and cabaret restaurant Lío in Ibiza. We must also mention the restaurant’s sushi. It is considered as one of the best in town, if not the best, mainly thanks to
its own sushi chef and the impeccable quality of the fish he works with. When Verhoeven talks about coquilles that are hand-caught on the ocean floor, a fruits de mer platter that consists of lobster, gamba and (razor) clams, we are most certainly led to believe that this must be delicious. During weekends, they usually have an immense swordfish, tuna or halibut – weighing up to 80 kilos – that is filleted live for everyone to see. If they wish, of course. With all those extras, you could definitely believe that visiting The Harbour Club is about more than just having great food; it is the whole experience and the extra mile of its personnel that makes it one of the top notch places in Amsterdam. Web: www.theharbourclub.com/ amsterdam-oost
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