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Northampton, United Kingdom
March 14, 2013
From journal Amsterdam (yet) Again
Mexico City, Mexico
May 28, 2003
We were strolling through the New Market area of Amsterdam when we suddenly
felt peckish but no restaurant looked appealing. Some looked a bit dirty and
others seemed to be more "coffee shop" than restaurant. Also the
close proximity to the red light district made walking back towards the station
area to find somewhere to have a decent repast an unattractive option. I then
remembered reading a dining entry by IgoUgo’s resident Dutch guide, Marianne, on De Waag - a restaurant serving organic food where they
assure you that the veal is made of a calf who spent its entire life at the side
of it’s mother! I couldn’t really remember what the exact name of the place
was supposed to be but I hoped to find it once we got to Nieuwmarkt.
I need not have worried about the latter. Once at Nieuwmarkt it is simply
impossible not to find Restaurant Café in de Waag. It is located in a large
fortress like building, which was one of the city gates erected during the
fifteenth century. This imposing building stands on its own in the center of the
large square. Outdoor seating is available but as the weather was rather
unpleasant everyone was inside.
Inside the place is beautifully yet plainly decorated with lots of candles,
dark solid furniture and white washed walls. There are dining areas on several
levels and in several rooms - some reserved for larger private parties.
The menu selection is not particularly large but it is varied with lots of
vegetarian options, as one would expect from an organic food establishment. My
wife had the soup of the day, which was a tasty thick vegetable soup served with
fresh wholesome bread. I thought it would be a shame to pass on those dear
calves and had veal croquets (kalfskroketten) served piping hot with
slices of white bread. They were a bit more expensive than usual but the taste
was worth the splurge. However, I would have preferred a rather more substantial
type bread. The portions were not particularly big so with only a few hours left
in Amsterdam I thought it wise to load up on the bitterballen - very
tasty small meatballs served with strong mustard. Once again the taste was a cut
above the average.
We topped the meal off with two strong cappuccinos and a piece of apple tart
which had that mix of spices that only the Dutch seem to use in apple tart which
is a shame as it is a winning combination. In contrast to the meal this piece of
cake was really big so I made a mental note to arrive here at coffee time on
Adding two more drinks this repast came to Euro 30, which is not exactly
cheap but fair for the location and the quality of the food.
May 31, 2002
But Amsterdam expanded. At the beginning of the 17th century the Sint Anthonius gate stood within the city walls and was no longer a defence tower.
It was then transformed into a weighing house. Merchants liked it because it was conveniently situated near to the river. Soon they a weekly market in front of the Waag.
In 18th century the Nieuwmarkt, the new market, developed into one of Amsterdam's most important trade centres.
If you are interested in history you must visit De Waag. It served as the city archives. Napoleon used it for public executions.
But on a sunny day, the Waag is the a good place to do some people-watching..
All dishes are prepared by using organically grown ingredients. They work together with a group of farmers who allow their livestock to roam freely about. No pesticides are used to control weeds. All vegetables are grown organically. On the menu: "tender veal from calves who have spent their entire lives with their mothers". For me this is no recommendations, it makes eating meat worse as I can see mother cow and child calf happy together.....
So I order a vegetarian dish.
From journal Amsterdam: A Joy Forever
by Red Mezz
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
April 15, 2006
From journal January in Amsterdam
by wanderer 2005
December 29, 2004
WONDERFUL place! Right on the canal at Nieuwmarkt. Typical Dutch cuisine and atmosphere. The place is lined with candles and high candelabras, which makes for an awesome sight to see at night. The menu has some excellent choices--from venison to sea bass, duck, and chicken. The crudités plate as an appetizer was great! It came with three dipping sauces that were so wonderful, yet so different.
They have a website, In De Waag .
From journal Walking in Amsterdam
Colorado Springs, Colorado
October 20, 2003
It was very noisy and the food was nothing special. I think people come because the of the building the restaurant is in, not for the food, service, or value.
From journal Zigbee quarterly - 6/8/02
by Matt Keedy
February 11, 2003
From journal The Great Waterways of Europe/Amsterdam