Posts tagged ‘De Culinaire Werkplaats’

March 18, 2013

Where to eat in Amsterdam?

Dutchies are not foodies.

I sometimes do not feel at home in my homecountry, because I live to eat and the Dutch eat to live.

With my passion for good food I don’t think I live in the right country. Here for I try to import as much good stuff as possible and to escape as much as possible. I also generally do not eat the local snackfood anymore during or after partying, I even cook in the middle of the night…

But sometimes, one does want to visit a restaurant. To keep you from falling into the same trap as I have many times, for you to avoid the touristplaces, I hereby (in random order!) present you MY FAVOURITE restaurant recommendations in Amsterdam!

  • Restaurant Moeders
    Affordable (huge plates!), authentic Dutch food, Try a Stamppot! & Have the Old Dutch dessert combination!
    Perfect place to bring anyone’s mother. Do reserve! Quickly full.
    *Mon-Sun 17.00-1 (Kitchen till 22.30), Rozengracht 251
  • Restaurant Bazar calls itself a “world-eatinghouse”, it’s not a fancy restaurant. It’s in a former church. It’s really pretty inside. Dishes (Eastern, Turkish. etc. Good mix, something for everyone) come in all sizes, from Mezze, soups, to dayspecials etc. A maincourse is very big, (I’m a huge eater and can’t finish a plate.) I prefer to take more smaller dishes to try together. My favourite dish is the mercimek Corbas- Turkish lentilsoup. Ofcourse with sucuk (Turkish garlicsausage) and yoghurtsauce. Snacks untill 15 min before closing!
    *Albert Cuypstraat 182, Monday- Thursday 11.00- 24.00/Friday 11.00 -01.00/Saturday 11.00-01.00/ Sunday 11.00 -24.00.
  • Worst – sausage and winebar. Worst means sausage.
    My favourite newest discovery!  My favourite was the wild boar sausage with “Hete bliksem”, a typical Dutch-must-try and a good glass of Cava.
    * Barentszstraat 171, Tuesday-Saturday 16.00-00.00/Sunday 10.00-22.00. Monday closed.
  • Cafe Loetje– Worldfamous amongst the Dutch for the best steak. I have to say I had better in Croatia, Slovenia & Spain, but for Amsterdam standards it’s definitely very good and possibly the best. No-nonsense Dutch style & mentality (“Hey, you here again?” instead of “How can I help you,Sir/Madam, welcome”.) They have a few restaurants, the most central one is around the corner of the Museumplein, on the border of De Pijp and Centrum; on the corner of Johannes Vermeerstraat & Ruysdaelstraat.
  • De Culinaire Werkplaats. Not a restaurant! Vegetarian eating experience & concepts. Benelux best vegetable restaurant 2012, excellent concept, very special! An eat’inspiration consists of 5 dishes: an eat.cocktail, 2 savourish dishes, and 2 sweetish dishes. these dishes are an interpretation of regularly changing inspirational concepts, like black, honesty, flowers, or emotions.  Reservation very recommended! After you have eaten you decide on how much you will pay.
    * Next to Westerpark; Fannius Scholtenstraat 10.
    Here my blogposts about this place:
  • Sari Citra. Again an “eatinghouse”, no restaurant. NOTE: The dishes are made of plastic. BUT (also according to my Indonesian grandmom:) The best Indonesian food in Amsterdam!  Try for example a Nasi Kunin if available, a festive anc complete Indonesian “Rijsttafel”. If you’re not superhungry, try my favourite snack; Lemper. It’s a steamed rice roll stuffed with spiced & chicken. My childhood favourite snack ever. (And no I haven’t been brave enough to try to make them myself) *Ferdinand Bolstraat 52, Hours  Mon – Sun:14.00-21.00h. No website.
  • Amsterdam’s best Spanish restaurant; La Oliva Pinxtos y vino. From 17.00 freshly made Pinxtos will be on the bar for you to choose. You decide what you want, tell the waitress and she’ll warm it up if required and delivers nicely presented to your table.                                                                                                                                               *Mon-Wed 12.00- 22.00, Thursday-Saturday 12.00-23.00, Sunday 12.00- 22.00. Egelantiersstraat 122-124 

On my still-to-visit-list

  • Ams’ best Japanese restaurant in the Okura hotel; Yamazato, lunch: 14.00, dinner 18.00- 21.30. Ferdinand Bolstraat 333
  • Restaurant Red serves lobster, tournedos and not much more, 7 days a week, 18.00-00.00. Sounds perfect, right? Keizersgracht 594
  • Restaurant Marius has been chosen as (one of) Ams’ best restaurants, but I’ve never been there yet.
    They present themselves  as “small livingroom restaurant with a daily changing 4 course menu”. One of my favourites, Worst, is the little causin (and next door) of this place. Sunday & Monday closed. Barentszstraat 173
Worst Amsterdam

Worst Amsterdam

Please do let me know if you have visited one of the places, what did you eat and how was it? Do you know any other places I should definitely visit in Ams too?

January 19, 2012

The naturalists. Food=fashion dinner experience

I received an invitation from De Culinaire Werkplaats (Read about my 1st introduction to this place HERE ).

I would have chosen De Culinaire Werkplaats to win the Puur Restaurant Week last year for sure (Read what I wrote about that HERE) , but as one of two founders/owners Eric Meursing told me; It’s okay, we’re not a restaurant anyway. And that’s true. De Culinaire Werkplaats (The Culinary Workingplace) is a guaranteed unique food experience.

Curious? Cool! ‘Cause founding mother Marjolein (Wintjes) and founding father Eric allowed me to share my invitation with YOU, my dearest readers…..

De Culinaire Werkplaats presents; The Naturalists, a food=fashion forward dinner experience.
Have you ever put your teeth into a colour and texture forecast?

From 20 ’till 28 January 2012 you can experience an unforgettable “food=fashion forward dinner experience” at De Culinaire Werkplaats. For the 6th time this artistic eating initiative in Amsterdam is one of the participating locations of the DownTown programma (The DownTown programme) of the Amsterdam Fashion Week. This years’ project is called; The Naturalists. Especially for this Amsterdam Fashion Week culinary designers Marjolein Wintjes and Eric Meursing have created a tasty foodspecial and a few collages in which they “caught time in a colour and texture forecast for fashion fabrics in food in 2013 and after“. The result is an exciting food=fashion discoverytour in which the relationship with nature is central, in order to ask attention for our vulnerable ecosystem.

Food equals fashion; the naturalists.

  • The foodspecial consists of 5 dishes; 3 savoury followed by 2 sweet. The 5 dishes are a playful interpretation of a colour and texture forecast in which the global trends  new romanticism, nesting, down-to-earth, new landscaping and ethnic chic will reflect.
  • The exposition in movement exists of collages and contains amongst others samples of edible conceptual fashionfabrics and colour/texture code per trend. As always it’s an exposition in movement, which will continue to develop itself during the fashion week, so you can also experience “the making of”.

Practical info:

  • When? January 20, 21, 25, 26, 27 & 28 2012;
  • Openinghours? Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 17.00 – 22.00 h & Saturday from 12.00 – 22.00 h;
  • Outside openinghours? After reserving open on appointment for groups of minimum 15 pax;
  • Where? De Culinaire Werkplaats is located at the Fannius Scholtenstraat 10 huis, 1051 EX Amsterdam, The Netherlands;
  • Reservation? Yes, please! Dial 0031-(0) 6 54646576 or send an e-mail to;
  • Price? You decide afterwards. For any eatingexperience at the Culinaire Werkplaats YOU decide what your experience was worth. Visiting the exposition is for free.
  •  More info?
Invitation the naturalists - De Culinaire Werkplaats

Invitation the naturalists - De Culinaire Werkplaats

They definitely got me curious. I still don’t know what to expect, I think I just need to pass by and try ‘n taste.
How about you? If you decide to go too, please come back here and share your experience with us!

September 22, 2011

Pure Pact by Veggie in Pumps at De Culinaire Werkplaats

As announced, Lisette Kreischer of (amongst others) Veggie in Pumps (, invited me to the official presentation and Dutch product- launch of Pure Pact; a new organic haircare productline ( Last Tuesday this happening took place at De Culinaire Werkplaats in Amsterdam (


I can’t give you my opinion on the products yet, I’ll take my time to test them and will keep you posted. Everyone who I’ve met who tried the products though, was super-enthusiastic, amongst which Dianne te Mebel, director and owner of Instituut Haar en Gezondheid (, a hair-saloon in Amsterdam which specialises in working with (and particularly painting with) natural products. They are one of Holland’s first saloons to use Pure Pact.

If Pure Pact is as good and honest as they say (100% purity allows raw material to activate long after application. 100% pure organics – from herbs, plants, flowers and fruits – extracted with the newest technologies for the purest result, preserve the maximum from nature’s gifts for cosmetic use), I’ll become a fan. I’ll let you know! My comment so far is that I wonder what is the meaning of all those ingredients on the packages… is it all truly biological and ecological? Minus; I want to know what’s in the products I use and I’m not a scientist.


Lisette, now I’ve met you live, I’m even more impressed with your style. You know how to market a product and organise an event. No, to create an experience! Of course she didn’t do it alone, so big up for the whole team of Veggie in Pumps; I also had the pleasure to meet Amadea, Dieke and Marloes.

As expected, I love the location the event took place at; De Culinaire Werkplaats is a beautiful experience on its own, their team made very good vegan snacks to trigger all senses, with flavours connecting to the Pure Pact products. For example;a “cocktail” of black carrot, lime and cres, a “spoonfull” explosion of chocolate, strawberry and mint, or vegan “bitterballen” with quinoa and sesame and soy-yoghurtsauce- very impressive! This has been the first time I liked a soya-“dairy”-product. My favourite snack was chips made of lotus root. I’d never seen a fresh lotus root so I asked Eric Meursing (together with Marjolein Wintjes he is creator of de Culinaire Werkplaats), where I could buy one and he gave me one. I’ll also let you know what I did with it soon! Also I would like to thank the beautiful “Kleine Medewerker” of De Culinaire Werkplaats, because she seemed to put passion and love in the lovely snacks she was making. They turned me on!

I met some interesting and inspiring people at this excellent networking event ; June, with her stylish blog on tips and ideas on ethical fashion, eco beauty, fair food en eco travel;   ( , Liv, a “beautyblogger”, who blogs about natural cosmetics, ethical fashion and pure food; (, I also met two lovely ladies from Den Haag & Rotterdam (forgot your names, sorry!), one of them is working together with Lisette to develop an innovative and unique concept, I’ll see if they’ll allow me to write about that when the development hits a next stage. And last but not least, thank you Dieke for the nice head & shoulders massage! Very relaxing and very recommendable(

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