10 of the Best Middle Eastern Restaurants in Amsterdam

10 of the Best Middle Eastern Restaurants in Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands (B)

If I were to pick one region’s cuisine to eat for the rest of my life, it would likely be the Middle East. Turkey, Egypt, Syria, Iran, Israel, Lebanon – all these countries were once part of the Ottoman Empire and all have similar climates, which probably explains the similarities in their cuisine. It’s varied, full of herbs and spices, and with a great balance of sharing dishes (meze, mezze, mazzeh, mazze, spell it how you will) and grilled meats and fish. Plus, due to immigration from these parts of the world to the Netherlands, it’s a cuisine that’s well represented here. There are literally hundreds of Middle Eastern restaurants in Amsterdam, but these are some of my favourites.

Located in the spot once occupied by Eetbar Wilde Zwijnen, Bar Bachrach opened in autumn 2021 to critical acclaim. I waited a few months before I visited, but I was not disappointed when I did. This is some next-level Israeli stuff, featuring flavours I’ve not tasted before in Amsterdam. Especially impressive were the beef tartare that was singing with preserved lemons, silky-smoky aubergine from a kamado-style BBQ in the kitchen, and a stunning dish of raw langoustine, pickled cabbage, crispy bulgar and sweet-sour pomelo. These were all small, shareable dishes, but there are larger dishes like whole grilled fish and sticky ribs as well. To taste the full gamut of Bar Bachrach’s impressive skills in the kitchen, order the chef’s menu for a little bit of everything. I loved the Alsatian pinot blanc and the Valencian tempranillo that we ordered, too. Food this good is matched by the price tag (we paid €82 each) but it’s well worth every cent. Simply stunning. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: 10 of the Best Middle Eastern Restaurants in Amsterdam
Guide Location: Netherlands » Amsterdam
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Vicky Hampton
Read it on Author's Website: https://www.amsterdamfoodie.nl/amsterdam-food-guide/10-best-middle-eastern-restaurants-in-amsterdam/
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Bar Bachrach
  • Night Kitchen
  • Bar Mitts
  • Bar Fisk
  • De Aardige Pers
  • Ali Ocakbaşı
  • Orontes De Pijp
  • Orontes West
  • Hummus Bistro d&a
  • Beyrouth
  • Lebanese Sajeria
  • Maydanoz
  • Zagros
  • Sham
  • and Oost
  • NENI

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