Well, well. Fifteen Amsterdam.
The story so far
Ever since the overall Jamie Oliver craze (TV, books, restaurants, etc) I wanted to go to Fifteen. My initial aim was to go and eat at Fifteen London. Proximity, opportunity and budget made it possible to go and eat first at Fifteen Amsterdam. A long weekend in Amsterdam, biking along the canals, and dinner at Fifteen. A dream come true?
Warehouse. Bar on the left. Trattoria on the right. Open kitchen behind. Restaurant in the back. What I was expecting was long ques, impossible reservations and dressed up diners. What we got was plenty of space (although it was difficult to find a bike-parking, oh so very Dutch!) and a laid back atmosphere of jeans/T-shirts/trainers mixed with make-up/dresses/high heels. All very cool, extremely friendly and with that certain buzz I like in restaurants. I almost expected Jamie Oliver to greet us and show us around.
Well they say you can’t go wrong with Italian food. And they are right. We opted to eat in the Trattoria, located just in front of the open kitchen (an absolute delight to watch the chefs at work). The Trattoria menu is offering just enough choice of antipasti, mains and desserts to give an idea of what Fifteen can cook and serve.
Our choice was: the Fifteen Antipasti – a beautiful platter of Italian meats, spicy broccoli, pumpkin chutney, beet root with horseradish, buffallo mozarella and honey glazed fennel. What I found particularly nice about this dish was that the waitress took the time to explain each ingredient in detail so we knew exactly what we were tasting. Wonderful.
In a non-Italian style we skipped the primi, and dived right into the secondi. I had a delicious white wine, broad bean and peas risotto. Very smooth and silky, a real mealt in your mouth experience. My partner in crime had the shell fish stew with an absolutely delicious toasted bread with lime aioli. Delicious!
Being not quite full yet (remember we came on bikes – lots of calories got burned) we also had dessert. The special of the day was a semi freddo with strawberries, as fuzzily photographed above. A starter shared between the two of us, two mains and two desserts together with 3 glasses of wine each (suggestions of the day white and red) the bill came to a very round figure of 100euro (including tip).
Service with a smile
Yes, yes, and again yes. A restaurant like attitude, but without the ‘breathing-down-your-neck’ characteristic. Friendly and very informed staff, which when you have a lot of questions on the food is always welcomed.
So very happy we went. I would most definitely recommend Fifteen Amsterdam, even (maybe?) more than Fifteen London. What you miss with the semi-stardom status of the London restaurant, you gain with the relaxed atmosphere, the great food, the great service and most of all – no waiting list! A little bit of Jamie Oliver magic dust … in Amsterdam.