On the 22nd of May 2017, I went to try a restaurant with my mom called Jansz which is part of the Pulitzer hotel in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. I had reserved a table because it was nice weather and we weren’t sure if it was going to be busy or not when sitting outside. When we got there we sat down on the corner of the street. We had ordered a small still water and a glass of wine. We waited about 15 minutes and still didn’t receive our drinks which is weird because it wasn’t busy at all and drinks normally don’t take long to get. After asking again they came with a big bottle of still water when we had asked for a small one. So they after came back 10 minutes later with the water. We also ordered food and I ordered a portion of fries to go with my meal which was Ricotta on toast. Then after 30 minutes our food still didn’t come and we asked where it was and some woman told us our food never got placed in the system of it being ordered. We were not happy about this at this point and after we re-ordered we got it in about 10 minutes. The food it self tasted very good but the service wasn’t even when it wasn’t that busy either which was a shame and a disappointment but what was weird is that we were the only people which had this situation. Next time we will try again and see if we will have the same problem or if it was a one off. The atmosphere itself was very nice because we sat outside on the terrace along the road with good weather and watched people, cars and bikes go by. I would rate this 4 out of 5 because after all the disappointment we had a waiter decided to take off the drinks and the fries from the bill because we did get our food but the fries never came till like 10 minutes after we finished our meal.
Jansz – Reestraat 8, 1016 DN Amsterdam
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On the 20th May 2017, I went to try Benji’s with my dad. Which is located outside of the city centre of Amsterdam near the outskirts where many collages and universities are. It was a nice and spacious place has a lot of glass windows and makes it very nice and bright from inside. There was plenty of seats to go and sit at and especially when it’s nice weather you are able to sit outside on the terrace to. We decided to sit inside because we were not sure if it was going to rain or not. As we sat down we got a menu and then you had to go and order at the bar. I ordered as drink a juice of the day which was a green drink with spinach and other green vegetables. As my meal I ordered the ”Buddha Bowl Salad” which had Quinoa, Chickpeas, carrot, red cabbage, avocado, homemade hummus, cucumber and sweet potato. But I ordered my dish without cucumber because I am not a big fan of cucumber and prefer it without. Then when the meal came there was a mistake made and in my dish they had put cucumber in and with my dad’s dish they left the cucumber out so they had no problem with sorting it out and bringing the orders back to solve the problem. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The food was really good to and great atmosphere not too noisy and you could probably come and study here while eating something. I would definitely come again because the service was great and they solved the situation out with the cucumber and with no problem. We came also around 12PM on a Saturday and there was no que, not sure if it gets busy at any time when you have to wait but I know for sure there are plenty of seats available.
Benji’s – Wibautstraat 196, 1091 Amsterdam
Today, Saturday 13 May 2017, I went to try The Avocado Show with my parents. Last time I went I was there with just my mom throughout the week but because it was Saturday my dad joined too. The food last time was really good thats why we came back again today to also try new dishes from last time. The Avocado Show was opened around March 2017, since then it has become a very popular hotspot place of Amsterdam with many tourists that know about it to because of the Instagram Page that was set up. The menu has a reasonable amount of choice with every dish being different. Because it’s new and a lot of people know about it. There is also a waiting que at the moment which can lead up to 1 hour and 30 minutes (It’s worth the wait when you get inside for the food). The atmosphere is very pleasant inside and the staff are friendly and all speak good spoken english. As drink I ordered a Iced latte which was very nice but a bit too strong for me. As a starter dish we ordered nachos which comes with cheese on top and 3 dips which are salsa, guacamole and sour cream but its a big portion. We also ordered Yakitori skewers which was very good. As our second dishes we all had 3x a poke bowl which is my absolute favourite because I had it last time and remembered how good it was. As last we had a dessert which was ”The Blind Date” It’s a avocado split in half thats like cake but it’s hard to describe what is in it or what it actually is but I had it last time as well and it was very good. I would definitely come again and always will probably but the only downside is the waiting que but you have to wait to receive good food. I would rate this a 5 out of 5
THE AVOCADO SHOW – Daniël Stalpertstraat 61, 1072 XB Amsterdam
On the 13th of April 2017, When arriving in Paris for Easter, We were not sure were to eat and find a typical french restaurant for dinner, our hotel receptionist suggested us a restaurant called ”Le Scheffer”. We decided to go and try this place which was near ”Trocadero” but a little further down the road. When we got there we thought it was shut or shut down because there were typical french curtains around the windows but once we opened the door, we realised it wasn’t shut. We had reserved a table and sat down, The staff are very friendly and spoke pretty good english. There wasn’t many people but we had arrived at 7:30PM and when we left around 9:30PM, it was completely full. The menu is also in english so you would not struggle trying to understand the menu. I ordered as starter the bone marrow which is a typical french dish and tasted very good. Sadly the snails were sold out which I would have ordered. As main course I ordered a steak with some fries. The portions come quite big and that’s why when we were there we realised most people only ordered a main course. That’s why sadly I didn’t feel like I could have a dessert. But the atmosphere is very french and have the typical french table cloths. I would definitely come back again, I would rate this a 5 out of 5
Le Scheffer – 22 Rue Scheffer, 75116 Paris, France