Stitch and Bear

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Cafe de Fles - Amsterdam

Cafe de Fles is located just over the canal from my Amsterdam residence. It's located down a steep flight of stairs and has looked so tempting for so long now. I finally got to visit last weekend, and immediately I regretted not visiting much sooner.

Step carefully down the steep flight of stairs and you'll find yourself entering a dark wood panelled basement with an enclosed kitchen in the middle. The delicious smell of grilling meat will greet you, making you keen to get started. In order to maximise space, there's even an indoor balcony to hold some extra tables.

The set (or monthly) menu looks like amazing value with three courses for €28.50 featuring king crab, ostrich steak and duck liver mousse. We however, opted for a single course each. I chose the tuna steak while he went for the spare ribs. My tuna steak came rare, served with a fennel and potato cake, while his ribs were cooked until tender and served with a delicious barbeque sauce. A bowl of fries and a delicious spinach and lardon salad came as sides.

This is classy cooking served in a traditional basement pub. Cafe de Fles is a true Amsterdam experience. Now that summer seems to be arriving, I'm looking forward to enjoying some evening meals at their outdoor canalside tables.

Cafe de Fles, Vijzelstraat 137 (ingang Prinsengracht), Amsterdam 1017 HJ. +33 (0)20 624 96 44

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