Something tasty happens if you walk around Amsterdam aimlessly…and hungry. There’s always less delicious foods everywhere but for some reason, I hardly had any of those in the Netherlands so far. People who moved there and started a restaurant or take-away business are pretty talented foodies. I, for my part, absolutely l-o-v-e Asian food and if you do as well, these are two good places for Asian dining in Amsterdam I recommend trying out.
Woo Bros Asian Dining Amsterdam
Jodenbreestraat 144 • Amsterdam
As you can see, this is a bit of a high standard Asian Restaurant. I walked in when they opened (at 4pm) and this way I was able to take everything in, untouched. Their interior is pretty amazing and very artistic in a way. The picture above is the ground floor and they have a basement area with a bar as well. They use mirrors to make the rooms appear larger and their decorations are of a fitting taste as well. The tables also have an impressive table setting. Enough of the visuals.
Their pricing might be a tiny bit above average but you get what you pay for and actually they usually go the Asian way with more people at a table who share the food. When you go there alone, of course you get the meals for one person. (Not like the sizes change when you’re there with more than one person.) Shortly after I started into my meals, locals came to eat as well. It seems a place people go to celebrate something with small groups. Either way, it was interesting to be the only “outsider”. I was told it’s good to make a reservation, as normally, the place is full.
First I enjoyed a Maki variation I didn’t see at any other place in Amsterdam. Mango-Avocado Maki filled with pepper, avocado on top and a hot-mango sauce. Was very delicious and unique. On their menu I was searching for any type of Sushi with salmon but they had none. So I asked the waiter and he explained they don’t like to offer much with (raw) salmon, they rather have Sushi and Maki with tuna because it’s less fatty. That’s why tuna tastes more “dry” and salmon so “soft”.
For the “main” course I had fried tofu with mushroom, bamboo, peppers and carrots with jasmine rice. I have to say that it could have been more spicy. But being raised by a mom who didn’t put too much salt in anything, I enjoyed this warm meal very much. It was easy and light. Just like a vegeterian dish should be, I guess. The texture of the sauce was perfect, just like the rice. I would go there to just eat the rice, seriously. (Because it’s so good.) I recommend trying out different things from their menu as it appeared to be exquisite and interesting, meals you might not get so easily and good at other places in town. Thumbs up for Woo Bros! 🙂
Zeedijk 105 – 107
1012 AV Amsterdam
Probably my favourite restaurant for good warm Asian food! I stopped counting how often I’ve been there. Located in the Chinatown of Amsterdam (Zeedijk), it has a pretty cool vibe. Everyone I recommended this place to and people I took there, all said it’s de-li-cious. I took a friend there the first time she was in Amsterdam, right after we checked in and all – we were pretty hungry – and she absolutely enjoyed it. Their staff might not always get your questions but unless it’s a really important question, really just order and eat without any complications. The menu is in English anyway and sometimes you just gotta trust. And yes, trust the chefs, they know what they’re doing.
Their prices are quite in the middle or I dare even say that it’s quite “cheap” for Amsterdam and even though the plate doesn’t look big, you might have problems eating it all (when it comes to the warm main courses). I don’t know if you’ve noticed already, but I love-love-love Sushi and Maki and of course I ordered their sushi as well. I can say their Sushi/Makis are not small at all and it’s worth the price and everything. On their website they say they have a “wide variety of daily fresh sushi” but I wouldn’t say it’s so many different variations. It’s more the common ones. But it’s not a specified Sushi resaurant anyway so actually it’s quite good they have a couple different Makis and Nigiri Sushis.
Come here if you want to fill your tummy for the afternoon or if you’re super hungry any time of the day. Even if just for a snack like spring rolls or dumplings, or a soup. I recommend this place to everyone. Should you be in Amsterdam, I think this is a place you should definitely go to and eat. 🙂 Check out their menu to see what they have and see the prices.
Have YOU been to Woo Bros and/or Eat Mode? If yes, how did you like it?
Where else would you recommend going for Asian food in Amsterdam?