Another new opening in Amsterdam is The Seafood Bar. Set up like a canteen in New York’s meat district, the venue is white, spacious, ‘scrubbed-bare’ brick walls, use of natural materials. Main eye catcher is the bar with glass ‘windows’ displaying fresh fish and crustacea in ice, as well as seafood dishes as sushi and fish salads.
what i like: the overall concept (well done, de horeca fabriek!)
> what’s on the menu: from fish & chips to sushi.
> the freshness of the products
> the opening hours: from 10h-22h
what can be improved: The staff’s level of professionalism.
So you find a ‘gap’ in the market, you develop a great concept, invest in a venue and opened it in the most chic area of Amsterdam. And to make the place a big success you put untrained adolescents with nothing but a cute face behind the bar?! I just don’t understand! I know they just opened, so the boys and girls will get more experienced. However, I had to say ‘I’m sorry, I couldn’t hear what you were saying, can you repeat it?’ for FOUR TIMES (in Dutch). Clearly, the boy is too shy to assists guests. I could list more examples, but I'm not a basher and in their defense, there was 1 capable (trained and service-oriented) waiter, who I assumed to be the manager.
what i had: fish & chips
the verdict: the fish was lovely, I enjoyed the fresh green salad on the side, the chips were a bit too greasy, but not greasy enough to be ‘slap chips’. No vinegar was served with the dish, so it was also not meant to be eaten English-style. The portion was huge and surely enough for a lunch or dinner.
I also had a bite of the sushi, but that didn’t impress me. Rather go to Momo’s (on Hobbemastraat 1, 100m north) or a real sushi place.
The seafood Bar Amsterdam, van Baerlestraat 5, Amsterdam South.