Dutch cuisine meets French cuisine

Hello to all! The chatty foodie here, and I’m back today to chit-chat about turning another year older and my experience at the restaurant Hotel de goudfazant. And no, despite what the name may suggest,  it is not a hotel haha.

*If you’d rather go straight to the restaurant info and review, just keep scrolling down!

It was my first proper ‘fine dining’ experience here in Amsterdam, and it did not disappoint. I didn’t have many expectations going in because I didn’t actually know where Alex was taking me for dinner that night as it was my surprise birthday dinner! It was the perfect ending to a fun day out and I don’t know what I did to deserve such a wonderful Boyfriend. But one thing I am sure of is that he knows what makes me happy – delicious food! Mmm…

So, I’m another year older and honestly, I’m not mad at that. I’ve never minded aging but that’s not to say I don’t get butterflies in my stomach from time to time when I think about all the things I’m “suppose to be doing” at my age. Does anyone out there get that feeling sometimes too? I have learned over the years to forget about what is expected of us at certain periods of our lives and just focus on being the best that I can be. Age is just a number in my opinion and it shouldn’t determine what you can or cannot do.

Straight out of high school I thought I knew what I wanted in life. I thought that I’d have it all figured out by my early 20s and I was going to have a stable job, steady income, and all my shit figured out. In retrospect, it’s safe to say I was a little off base. But I’m not even throwing shade at my younger self because that was what was drilled into me from a young age. I sometimes get quite anxious thinking about all the things I feel like I should have done already. Like, graduating from University, saving up for a house, starting my life-long career path and the list goes on. Not saying those are bad things to be doing, I just think that it shouldn’t be what society sees as the only viable option. What do you think about this? You know, here’s a cliche yet fun question. If you could magically meet your younger self, what is one advice or insight you would share about life?? Comment down below!

I have no idea what that had to do with what I’m about to talk about, but let’s just imagine that there is a point to it in a… Philosophical way. Now, to the tastier side of life! FOOD.

Hotel de goudfazant
Address: Aambeeldstraat 10, 1021 KB Amsterdam (north)
Number: 020 636 5170

Overall experience:

I really don’t have anything really bad to say about the dining experience. The food was plate licking good and the service was pleasant. The waitress even offered to translate the menu for Alex and I as it was all in Dutch haha. But even if we just ordered randomly, I’m sure we would’ve enjoyed it either way.

The location itself is quite interesting and it’s definitely not a restaurant you find by chance. I’m trying to find words to describe the decorative style of the restaurant and I would say it’s… Industrial chic and kind of quirky. And despite the restaurant being in a warehouse, it still feels rather cozy inside which I thought was nice. I’ve also seen pictures of the restaurant in Summer and I believe they open up the big warehouse doors and I imagine that feeling so fresh – especially with a cold glass of white wine or beer and a plate of oysters.

As for the menu items, they had a decent amount of choices but not too many, if you know what I mean. They made sure to include an option for everyone (including vegetarians/vegans!) The dishes are fairly simple but definitely not short on flavor. As well as that, all the simple ingredients they’ve used, accompany each other so well and it was truly a wonderful culinary experience.

But okay, are you ready to drool? Because here comes the food porn!

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Alex chose Pan seared Mackerel on a bed of gnocchi & micro greens for his appetizer. Individually, nothing was especially stand out. But together it was heavenly. The flavors marry really well together.
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For my appetizer, I chose this amazing, flavorful, and hearty fish soup. This was not at all what I was expecting and it exceeded all expectations I had for it.
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I chose roasted Chicken on a bed of roasted potatoes, cocktail onions, mushrooms, and peas for my main course. It looks simple but that was the beauty of it in my opinion. The seasoning was on point and the chicken was cooked beautifully. The gravy was also delicious of course. I could definitely see the french influence here. Also, I must say, I was quite thirsty after eating this though. Totally worth it.
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Alex chose steak for his main. It also came with a side of creamy, stacked potatoes and it was pretty damn good. At first glance it looks a little underwhelming, but believe me, the flavor is there. I didn’t try the steak but it’s definitely Alex approved!

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