Eerste Jacob van Campenstraat 54, 1072 BH Amsterdam
Sunday morning and I just could not be bothered cooking. My ear infection had worn me down. I remembered that a colleague of a friend who is also new to Amsterdam had suggested a cafe she thought we, as Aussies and picky coffee drinkers, might like. So we looked up where it was and headed off!
Now any of my Melbourne friends know it is quite a common site to see a queue, of varying lengths, at any of the "places to be" back home. Well, we walked straight in and got a table! Lucky because by the time our food arrived the queue was huge!
The feel of the cafe is bright, cheery and comfortable. The back wall has a splash of eye catching teal which looks fresh and pleasing especially behind the gorgeous bouquet of tulips placed on the big share table.
Each of the smaller tables has an adorable little floral arrangement on it (pictured with coffee) and the long bench seat is scattered with cushions.
Our coffee arrived in cute coloured cups of varying blues and greys. To our surprise the coffee was really strong and bitter and given we can't have sugar at the moment just had to deal with it as is. I was lucky because rather than ask/explain what a piccolo or magic was I just asked for a double ristretto with hot milk on the side, so I just kept adding little bits of milk till the coffee was all gone.
The menu looked great! We were quite excited to see such familiar brunch options (e.g. Classy Eggs Benedict, Smoked Salmon Stack (smoked salmon on large homemade potato hash cakes) and Huevos Rancheros to name a few). Simon got excited because there was L&P on the drinks menu. I got excited because there was a banana and peanut butter smoothie! (Ordered it, drank it, oops it had fruit in it!)
Simon ordered the Kiwi Brekkie (a.k.a The Big Breakfast with eggs, bacon, potato hash cake, garlicky spinach, creamy mushrooms, home-made tomato relish and hot buttered sour dough toast). I ordered the Huevos Rancheros as most of the reviews I'd read said "not to be missed" (crispy tortilla topped with organic Brazilian black beans, melted cheese, two fried free range eggs, avocado, fresh tomato salsa and sour cream). Both dishes were presented nicely, both contained quality ingredients, both were tasty but lacked the "pizzazz" that we're accustomed to in Melbourne.
Overall I'd go back & give them another go. Try something different on the menu (I had food envy of the guy next to me chowing into the impressive looking Smoked Salmon stack!) I'd test their coffee finesse by directly ordering a Picollo or Magic and seeing how they respond. I'd also have to give their Espresso Martini a try as I'm known to guzzle these bright and early in the morning, Melbourne style (FYI Likor 43 makes any espresso Martini shine!).