From the gold Gatsby like lettering on the basement window to it’s carefully restored upstairs and downstairs dining interior, Nieuw Amsterdam opens up like cellar. Stepping inside you can see the dark red bricks that make the foundations for the wall of this building. Arched doorways framed by black pillars and dark wooden chairs set the classy late night dining scene in this restaurant. Although I’ve never been to America before let alone to an American restaurant and bar, Nieuw Amsterdam does well to create that feel and familiarity you would associate with one.
I loved the cool vibe of this place. While waiting on the food to be served, you are given some complimentary bread and butter. The idea of having towel napkins was pretty cool and might I add environmentally friendly too.
BBQ Scallops with mango gazpacho, avocado and chilli $16.50
The scallops on their own were cooked perfectly and had really nice flavour. The sweeter components in my opinion did not suit my personal tastes but the idea of having deep fried spring onion was a nice touch and added a nice crunchy texture.
Grits Fritters with sweet corn and heirloom beetroot $21.00
These little fritters were like pillows of gnocchi but lighter and much softer. I love anything that contains beetroot and corn, so this was easily a palate pleaser for me and so it seems for many others as well. All around you could see grits fritters being served up on many tables.
Baked eggplant with grilled tofu, mushrooms & spiced yoghurt $22.00
I never was ever really a big fan of eggplants due to their soggy nature when cooked, but over the years I have come to appreciate the aurbergine family and its versatility in a variety of vegetarian dishes. Eggplants in particular when baked produce a really nice flavour and texture. Soft but with a bit of bite, the baked eggplant and grilled tofu balances out the strong mushroom flavours in this dish.
Chocolate Delice with honeycomb $13.00
The chocolate delice reminds me of chocolate custard-like mousse sitting on a slightly salted biscuit base. The honey comb was my favourite part of the desert. When cut open there is a rich dark chocolate sauce in the centre that tasted as if there was some alcohol infused in it. The waiter confirmed for us that no alcohol is present in the dessert, which was quite odd. My tastebuds must be toying with me.
Pumpkin pie with clotted cream $12.50
The pumpkin pie had just the right amount of sweetness to it. Encased in a light and crispy pastry the pumpkin pie tasted exactly how I had expected it to be. It was my favourite dish of the night.
Food here at Nieuw Amsterdam is really tasty. The service is great and the atmosphere is pretty cool and relaxed. At the end of the meal, we both felt that we had eaten a lot but that wasn’t the case. A more accurate word to describe what we felt after dining here was that we were both extremely satisfied. We managed to tick all the taste bud check boxes and left without that heaviness that you tend to get after having eaten too much. It was great. Of course if you wanted a more substantial meal, then there other options on the menu which include briskets, ribs and even ramen (fancy that). Check it out now.