It’s a fact, Amsterdam now has a food market and it is the talk of the town. Amsterdam’s Foodhallen was all the buzz last weekend. It was as if all of hipster Amsterdam had subconsciously gathered in this great industrial space to eat. The food market offers so much from burgers, to Dutch ‘bitterballen’, hand-rolled temaki’s and delicious desserts making it hard to choose what you want to eat (I promise, you will want to eat it all!). These next few weeks, I will feature some of the foods the food market has to offer. Starting with…
Le Big Fish
An initiative of Dutch chefs Robert Kranenborg en Richard van Oostenbrugge, this shop serves fish soup and steamed burgers in little Asian buns. We tried the soft shell crab buns with a wasabi mayonaise, chuka wakame and pickles. These were an absolute feast in your mouth. The crunchy texture of the soft shell crab works great with the buns. The buns however, were a little too soft for my taste. But then there was the wasabi mayonaise, pulling it all together. And the pickles added the extra tang it needed. I wasn’t overly fond of the price tag. You will have to pay EUR 9 for two small buns which you could practically eat in two bites.
Bulls & Dogs
Culinary hotdogs brought to you by the men of Bulls & Dogs. Their menu offers many ‘dogs’ served in pretzel buns (a first?). We chose the Luxurious Dog, which is a hotdog with mushrooms, a truffle sauce, hazelnuts and green onions sprinkled on top. The sausage is on the smaller side but I absolutely loved the combination of the truffle sauce and hazelnuts. On top of that, I thought the pretzel buns were genius. I’m not a fan of soft and soggy buns. So having my first hotdog served in a bun that actually has a bite (it was also a well-seasoned pretzel bun mind you), it was a lovely surprise. The prices for a hotdog vary between EUR 5 – 6.
We’re hungry for more! So which of these shall we try next week?
Le Big Fish
Bulls and Dogs
Jabugo Bar Iberico
Wild Moa Pies
Pasta di Mamma
The Rough Kitchen