Best Steak in Town
It is often the case that some of the best dining choices are away from the tourist centre. Café Loetje falls in this category. It is close to the Concertgebouw and Van Gogh Museum and a thirty-minute walk from Centraal Station. This should not deter you, especially if you are a carnivore. Loetje’s ossenhaas biefstuk (filet of steak) and frites (French fries) are the best in town. The meat is so tender that you can cut it with a spoon.
What else to order? Anything that appeals to you; perhaps calf’s liver crowned with bacon and onion or Wiener schnitzel with a wedge of lemon and a generous portion of French fries. For dessert try traditional semolina pudding or vanilla ice-cream smothered in raspberry sauce. A carafe of house wine makes the meal complete.
Café Loetje is a traditional Bruin Café, Brown Café, a neighbourhood gathering spot. Wood paneling, subdued lighting and nicotine-stained walls gave traditional Amsterdam café the name Bruin Café. In many Brown Café,s the walls are still brown, but since the introduction of the smoking ban in public places, the walls don’t get any browner.
A Bruin Café is an excellent place to spend a winter afternoon or evening. Loetje’s outside terrace is a far better place on a hot summer evening.
Café Loetje is hugely popular. No pre-booking of tables, simply sit at the bar, enjoy a drink, people-watch and wait for a table. The big bonus of Loetje is; no music. No hip-hop, no jazz beat, no salsa nothing but humming voices of people enjoying themselves.
WHAT: Café Loetje
WHERE: Johannes Vermeerstraat 52, Amsterdam (map)
OPENING HOURS: Mon – Fri 11:00 – 24:00, Sat 17:30 – 24:00. Meals can be ordered until 22:00
PRICE: Starters from €6 – €10, main course €7 – €18, deserts from €3.50 – €4.50
HOW TO GET THERE: tram 6 stops in front of the café, trams 3, 24 and 25 just round the corner.
photo credit: CPT @flickrTags: cafe, dinner, lunch