Discover Benelux, Issue 55, July 2018

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Discover Benelux  |  Summer Special  |  Amsterdam West Highlights

Waterside dining with a twist TEXT: CHARLOTTE VAN HEK  |  PHOTOS: PONT 13

Moored in the former Wood Harbour of Amsterdam, Pont 13 combines an unbeatable location with a robust yet laidback charm and stunning food, proving that all good things in life can be best enjoyed from the water. When entering Pont 13, one cannot do much more than simply take it all in: the huge windows, the industrial metal, the scent of delicious food. The restaurant is located in a former ferry (pont) anno 1927, that once transported passengers over the IJ river, and everything about Pont 13 still breathes the romantic post-industrial vibe of this unique piece of heritage. An absolute showpiece of the room is the old diesel tank. “When we welcome our guests, the tank is often the first thing they want to see up close,” enthuses Onno Zwart, owner of Pont 13. However, Pont 13’s food is definitely not upstaged by its view or interior. The large authentic charcoal grill enhances the feel-

ing of sturdy excellence, perfectly preparing this season’s delicacies such as fresh fish or mouthwatering grilled meat. Besides an extensive wine menu, a great focus lies on specialty beers. “We call them our superb specialty beers, each with their own ingredients, taste, and heritage,” says Zwart. Whether you just want to have coffee, enjoy lunch or dinner, or hold a private event such as a wedding or business outing: anything is possible at Pont 13. And don’t forget you can also visit by boat. But no matter why you are visiting, the ever-relaxed atmosphere will always welcome you – accompanied by the most unique setting possible.

DID YOU KNOW? Pont 13 consists of more than 200,000 kilogrammes of steel. Pont 13 still has its original wooden floor. Pont 13 has crossed the IJ for 50 years.

Historic dinner with a view You see it from afar: the striking red and white structure towers 22 metres above the IJ river, building your expectations for an adventure. REM Eiland is an extraordinary restaurant in every way, from the breathtaking views to its fascinating history. Our adventure starts when we climb the steep metal stairs and reach the platform. Our reward is a beautiful 360-degree panoramic view over Amsterdam and a restaurant unlike anything we have seen before. The dining rooms are located on wraparound platforms, with an ex-helipad all around. When stepping into the restaurant, the black and white photos on the walls already provide a glimpse into history. “REM Eiland was built in the 1960s as a pirate television tower, set up by clever entrepreneurs to avoid the Netherlands’ restrictions on the broadcasting of commercial shows,” explains Onno Zwart, owner of REM Eiland. “However, the tower was shut down by the government after 44  |  Issue 55  |  July 2018


just a couple of months, and then served as a monitoring post.” Luckily for everyone, the island was transformed into a restaurant, helmed by Zwart since 2 years. In an industrial setting, REM serves French-European dishes for lunch and dinner. A brand new menu created by chef Arne Meijer awaits: fresh seafood, highquality meat, all topped off with excellent wines. Due to its fantastic location, REM Eiland is a favourite spot for small meetings and presentations held in their multifunctional space ‘Studio REM’. In the summer the rooftop bar is the best place for drinks. The combination of great food and an unique location make REM Eiland a memorable adventure, made even more special by the turbulent history. “REM’s history is the cherry on the cake. We make sure no one leaves without knowing our fantastic story!” Web: