New York, New York
March 1, 2006
"Werck Restaurant and Cafe Bar is in the heart of the Jordaan quarter, in the former coach house of the Westerkerk Church," from www.werck.nl.
We randomly wandered into Werck after visiting the Anne Frank House just next door. Its architecture and exterior decor was what attracted us to this restaurant. That, and we went to the back of the building first, where you were able to see the entire kitchen through floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Curious as to what type of food they were serving, we went around to the front to find a really cute restaurant. At first, I wasn't sure if it was a restaurant or a lounge that served food. The interior reminded me of a lounge in the Meatpacking District of NYC.This is the first place where I didn't feel like a tourist. I took on the ambience of the restaurant and felt as though I was a local having a casual dinner with a friend, as I would in NYC. We were probably the only people in the building who were tourists. There were two girlfriends gossiping, a group of friends getting together for the first time in a month, a couple on a date, and several people lounging on the sofas having cocktails.I would see this place turning into a hot nightspot after the kitchen closed, but we didn't stick around long enough to find out.The cuisine is Asian fusion. For an appetizer, I had the tuna sashimi, and for dinner, a salmon dish. Their house bread comes with a garlicky-tasting butter. This garlic butter spread, as I was calling it, was the BEST-tasting bread spread ever! Even with the little time I had in the city, I laboriously scoured the isles of four major supermarkets looking for something like this to take home. Coming up empty-handed, I realized that it was a house specialty.I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking to get a glimpse and feel for life in Amsterdam. Due to time limitations, I didn't have the luxury of understand the psyche of locals, but 2 hours at Werck made me feel like Amsterdam was my home.
From journal 24 Hours in Amsterdam