Excellent Dutch cuisine away from the crowds
Amsterdam, where we lived for a few years, has an extraordinary variety of cuisines, but surprisingly few restaurants honoring Dutch food and cooking. A good walk into the Nine Streets area will bring you to L’Invite, located in a charming canal house on the Bloemgracht, which specializes in the country’s cuisine.
We chose the tasting menu, and were not disappointed. The menu varies with availability for produce, fish, and meats but we especially enjoyed the razor clams and the lamb. The latter comes from the island of Texel, in the Waddensee in the north of the country. The lambs there are definitely free range, enjoying the salt-tinged fresh grass. The meat was perfectly prepared, the best lamb I have ever tasted. The pairings with Dutch wines were a pleasant surprise, and were well suited to the dishes which they accompanied.
Not cheap, but an excellent cost to quality ratio. We look forward to returning on our next trip back to the Netherlands.