If you long for Chinese food in style, these are the places where peking duck are mixed with funky tunes and a smile!
- Best of China Town (certainly cheaper restaurants than these mentioned below)
- more Asian restaurants (Indian, Japanese, etc)
What we love: the romantic booths giving dining couple a sense of privacy. (see most romantic restaurants of amsterdam). Dedicate a bar to shaking cocktails and another to pouring champagnes is always appreciated.
Must-have dish: Geisha’s take on the Kanton Siu Mai dumpling: homemade with Iberican pork and truffle. It’s the best dim-sum dumpling in Amsterdam.
More good points:
+ diverse Asian-fusion menu (not only Chinese), including lobster sashimi, grilled Wagyu beef steak, and delicious friend rice.
+ good sake list
+ modern interior Asian art
+++ friendly service
We’d like to see the following fixes:
- more art on the wall
- speedier service (though they’re friendly and it’s romantic, waiting hungrily for a second dish after an hour wasn’t that joyous)
Good to know: take 3 dishes per person and ask for a seat in the booth!
Geisha, Prins Hendrikkade 106a, Nieuwmarkt area, Amsterdam.
Fancy Chinese dining is done at Chang-i. The restaurant is a stunning: Asian modern art look while preserving a homeliness feel. The innovative Chinese cuisine is presented with artistic care. Chang i is perfect for business, a special night out or for dining with your in-laws. Chang-i, J.W. Brouwersstraat 7, behind Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.
A modern Chinese dining experience for the ‘young & happening’. The menu boasts mostly Chinese and Asian starters, served tapas-style. Food is presented stylishly: both interior-wise and on-your-plate-wise. Orbit Restaurant & Lounge, Scheldestraat 95, close to the RAI*, Amsterdam. *Be sure to reserve when there’s a major event at the RAI!
A very good (price-quality-wise) and chic Chinese restaurant. Correct service, good chef who goes beyond the ‘friend noodles with sweet-sour chicken’, oh… and don’t forget the wine! I seriously don’t understand why this restaurant is not packed every evening. Oriental 128, Amstelveensweg 128, near Vondelpark exit, Amsterdam.
If you long for a decent Chinese meal served & consumed within one hour, but don’t like the plastic plates of China Town or the feeling of being rushed, then Uncle Wong is the place to be. The interior is modern with Asian features, it’s clean and there are many (comfortable) tables. The waiters are sincerely friendly but can’t spend too much time on you as they have to work hard to serve everyone properly. Cuisine: Szechuan, Canton. Uncle Wong, restaurant/take away, A. Cuypstraat 66hs, De Pijp, Amsterdam.
AmsterdamFoodie.nl comments “Not only is the menu Asian fusion, but the portions are tapas-sized, adding another dimension to the meeting of cultures. Again, I was extremely cynical, but it worked. We had two sorts of dim sum-style dumpling, one of which was Thai; I don’t know how to describe the other, but it made me want to jump up and down and kiss the chef”. read complete review. A-Fusion Food & Drinks, Zeedijk 130, Amsterdam Centre.