Stitch and Bear

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Rakang Thai Restaurant, Amsterdam

It's snowing in Amsterdam, and I was seriously tempted to stay in the hotel tonight and have a steak in the restaurant. But a group got together and so we headed out along the snowy and icy canals. Elandsgracht is a nice wide street in the Jordaan district, and it was there that we found the busy and hopping Rakang Thai restaurant.

A plate of shared starters was excellent as was an utterly sublime coconut chicken soup, fantastically flavoured with lemongrass and ginger. I would return to this restaurant for the soup alone. At this stage, I was expecting great things for the main courses, but unfortunately things went downhill from here. The main courses (a beef massaman, spicy duck and garlic chicken) were overblown with no subtlety in the spices. The duck in particular had a bitter flavour in the spice paste. Espressos served with little chocolate coffee beans were sharp and strong.

The decor alone is worth a visit at Rakang. The tablecloths have shirt collars and ties attached, while little statues with phalluses feature on some tables (well, it is Amsterdam after all). The food was a mixed bag - some great, some not so great. At the prices being charged, I'd probably only head back for the soup!

Rakang, Elandsgracht 29-31, Jordaan, 1016 TM Amsterdam, The Netherlands. +31 (0)20 620 9551

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