In the heart of the Red Light District is a small alley that leads to this charming oasis, complete with the innocent chirping of birds. "Blue on the Quay" is set in a courtyard that once belonged to the Bethanienklooster monastery; it now offers a restful environment with multiple dining areas, each with a unique and serene view. Original wood floors and exposed-brick walls hint at the building's 1625 origins, but the extensive and inspired wine list and the open kitchen employing fresh local ingredients in its Mediterranean-influenced cuisine both have a contemporary chic. After starting with a frothy pea soup with chanterelle mushrooms and pancetta, you may want to indulge in a melt-in-the-mouth, herb-crusted lamb fillet.
Feb 18, 2012
Absolutely the best dinner i've had in years!!!! A must for a committed foodie, traveling to eat, or anyone looking for an exceptional culinary experience. Everything was Perfect from the moment we found this restaurant. Nothing is out of place, starting with a subdued setting along the (safest, we were assured) red light district canal, to being greeted by the owner Barrett ( hope, I am spelling his name correctly), sharing his extensive knowledge
of new age European wines, the menu has only 2 choices for entree, main, cheese and dessert course, but you will not be disappointed, just order everything, it was out of this world good. My app was a raw tuna salad paired with lentils in some sort of heavenly sauce, a combination as unusual as it was majorly delicious. The mains followed in the same manner - ingredients were combined in an unexpectedly elegant and tantalizing way. The wines paired were excellent. We would go there every week, if lived in Amsterdam. A foodie heaven!