The Seafood Bar

The Seafood Bar, Amsterdam


We passed the restaurant in the morning near Vondelpark, while walking along Van Baerlestraat towards the Van Gogh Museum. What we could see of the pristine, white tiled interior looked promising, and the empty plastic crates stacked outside boded well, even on a Monday.

Returning at lunchtime, we had to wait a couple of minutes to be seated at the bar, but our arrival was well timed; a queue quickly formed behind us.



The Seafood Bar, Van Baerlestraat



We were given a lengthy menu to study, and the show began, as we watched the assembly line of chefs, plating the various combinations of seafood with care and precision.

You can tell a lot about a place by small details. The bread was brought to us immediately: slices of perfect baguette were presented in a paper bag, preserving its perfect crust and soft crumb, and a pat of chive butter.


The food: I ordered a selection of small dishes, and ‘she’ decided on the ‘plateau’, consisting of prawns; white and snow crab, beautifully fresh & sweet; cold and hot-smoked salmon, and firm strips of smoked trout fillet.



The plateau



Dutch shrimp croquettes came with mustard mayo; when I cut through the crunchy crust, the bechamel filling oozed out nicely.

Scallop, basil, hazelnut was a simple and well judged combination of flavours and textures.



Scallops, hazelnut, basil



Sashimi of the day: sea bass, salmon, scallop and tuna, with wasabi, soy and ginger, and a salad of seaweed rolled in cucumber and dressed with sesame.



Sashimi of the day



Wine: Glasses of Austrian Grüner Veltliner from Julius Klein were a good match; kiwi, greengage, lime.


Playlist: Blue Note jazz.



The Seafood Bar in action


We liked it so much, we went back the next day for more


The following day we realised that our timed visit to the Rijksmuseum would make it impossible to make a booking for lunch near Centraal station. We liked The Seafood Bar so much that it was an easy decision to change our plans; there was a branch handily placed near the museum on Ferdinand Bolstraat.

It’s in De Pijp, the neighbourhood described as Amsterdam’s Latin Quarter, where the streets are named after Dutch painters.



De Pijp, where creatives and hipsters rub intellects



There was no wait for a table, it looked as if the action would take place in the evenings in De Pijp.



The Seafood Bar, Ferdinand Bolstraat



The food:

If you’re an oyster lover, there was a Happy Hour (available all afternoon) with a choice of oysters priced at one euro each.



Ferdinand Bolstraad, before the rush



This time we reversed roles (in that I had the plateau). She went for the shrimp croquettes, and tried the crab cakes, which were rich with brown meat, and a funky undertone of heat.



Crab Cakes



The portion of both of these is three, and our waitress helpfully suggested adding an extra one of each so we could share.

Larger fruits de mer were on the menu ‘to share’, but at least one dedicated luncher was going in on her own, with nothing but a paper bib for protection.


The playlist at this branch has a funky undertone too; laid back, trippy jazz.

Wine: I ordered the Grüner Veltliner again. Why wouldn’t you, it’s perfect?




Mosaic mural at The Seafood Bar, Van Baerlestraat



The Seafood Bar is at three locations in Amsterdam, and The Seafood Shop at Leidsestraat 61. There’s also a branch in Utrecht.

Another return visit; Café Restaurant Dauphine

This time a year later, to Café Restaurant Dauphine. Read about my previous visit here: ‘Amsterdam, and a Tale of Two Brasseries’


The food:

We both started with Shrimp Cocktail ‘Dauphine’, generous glasses of prawns with avocado, grapefruit, fennel, tomato and a dusting of cayenne.

Iberico Pork Cutlet, ‘turnip stew’

A young couple at a nearby table were demolishing a multi-tiered construction of seafood; as far as we could see, at least two lobsters were involved.


Wine: we drank well!

Raumland ‘Cuvée Katharina’ German Sekt was an impressive aperitif; an austere and aromatic Blanc de Noirs (Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier)

Grüner Veltliner Steingarten 2017, Weszeli, Kamptal, Austria

Spätburgunder SP 2015, Hensel, Pfalz, Germany – a refreshing Pinot Noir, which was offered chilled


Playlist: it’s a converted car showroom, a big modern space with hard surfaces, so I guess it might get noisy. On the Sunday evening we were there it wasn’t busy, there was no music, just a quiet buzz of conversation.

Club Dauphine: on Friday nights, and some Sundays, there’s a live music venue next door “in the atmosphere of a New York nightclub”. Dutch saxophonist Candy Dulfer is the musical advisor, and sometimes she plays there with her band; it looks right up my straat…..



The Bar, Cafe Dauphine 

Dauphine, Prins Bernhardplein 175, 1097 BL Amsterdam      00 31 20 46 216 46




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3 thoughts on “The Seafood Bar

  1. Maddy


    This is my dream blog…..Amsterdam, seafood, wine, art and saxophone…..what a combination!!!!

    It sounds irresistible, Amsterdam here I come!!!


  2. Martz

    Good to see you championing the Wines of Austria Alistair. Long over due but keep it to yourself….


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