Friday, June 29, 2012

Restaurant Bazar (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

On our second day in Amsterdam, we decided to check out the Albert Cuyp Market and grab some lunch before heading to the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseums nearby.  I'll say more about the market itself in a later post, but for lunch we ducked behind the market stalls to reach Restaurant Bazar, which serves Middle Eastern fare.  After squeezing in from the narrow sidewalk, we were surprised to find the inside of this two-story building so spacious; its high ceilings and decorated windows hint of its former life as a church, while the bright colors and almost psychedelic lights give the space a distinctly upbeat vibe.  The place was packed with so much uniqueness that I could have taken a million photos.  I nearly did.

Restaurant Bazar
View of Restaurant Bazar from the entrance

Restaurant Bazar
Inside Restaurant Bazar

Restaurant Bazar
Inside Restaurant Bazar

Restaurant Bazar
Inside Restaurant Bazar

We started with some drinks: a Turkish beer "Efes" for R. and a "Jillz" cider for me (incidentally, a product of Heineken, which is headquartered in Amsterdam).  One interesting observation about both Paris and Amsterdam is that each beer comes with its own branded glass.  Where they find the room to store all the different glasses to match all the different beers, I don't know.  For our meal, I started with the slightly creamy New Delhi Soup, consisting of tomato, sweet pepper, and Madras curry.  R. and I then split the Lahmacun, or a Turkish pizza filled with tomato and veal mince, served with salad and garlic sauce.  Both were fantastic, and reasonably-priced, too.  Another great recommendation by Rick Steves!

Efes Beer at Restaurant Bazar
Efes, a Turkish beer

Jillz at Restaurant Bazar

New Delhi Soup at Restaurant Bazar
New Delhi Soup (5 euros)

Lahmacun at Restaurant Bazar
Lahmacun (5,5 euros)

Restaurant info:
Restaurant Bazar
Albert Cuypstraat 182, 1073 BL Amsterdam
31 (0)20 6750544
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Our honeymoon food adventures are archived here.