Perched in an old railway bridge that has been converted into an eye-catching, glass-fronted structure, Restaurant Open offers food with a view – of Westerdokskade on one side and the IJ on the other.
The menu encompasses French, Italian and Dutch influences with a strong emphasis on seasonal veg, free-range
meat and sustainably sourced fish.
Starters range from simple langoustines with a light lemon verbena mayo to a surprising (although not very cohesive) sliced pork loin with beetroots and roasted black salsify.
Depending on the season, Restaurant Open's mains run from light fish dishes with wilted greens, to wintery stews with mashed potatoes.
The dessert menu offers perhaps the best examples of the chefs' creativity. When we visited desserts included an apple parfait served between crunchy sheets of pastry, and rhubarb crumble with crème fraiche ice cream.
Service at Restaurant Open can be slow, but it’s easy to forgive the place its tardiness when you have views like this to take your mind off your stomach.
There’s a lofty terrace in the summer too, and good house wines for €3-€4 a glass.
daily for lunch 11.30-16.30 and dinner 18.00-22.30
Telephone: 020 620 1010
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