16 Herenstraat, 1015 CA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Before K and I got around to exploring the Amsterdam nightlife (read: sex museums left, right and centre), we enjoyed an early dinner at Seasons Restaurant. Their early bird online special meant that we could have one main course for free, and there was no way we were going to pass up on that. As we were eating dinner at the same time most people have afternoon tea, the restaurant was completely empty when we arrived, which was actually a very nice change to the tourist-filled chaos we usually encounter.
A nice, refreshing cold salad to share – I particularly liked the tiny shrimp, although I thought the two pieces of white toast were kind of strange and unnecessary.
However, when K asked the waiter for two small plates (as we were sharing), we were told that there would be a surcharge, which we found quite odd, but accepted purely because we didn’t want to make a fuss over something so minor.
While perhaps not a very traditional Dutch dish, my main of Cornish hen was amazing. The hen arrived sizzling in its little pan, the residual heat accentuating the aroma of the fresh herbs. Crispy skinned and tender, perfect with the side of steam rice.
This was quite an impressive serving of lamb, with 5 cutlets in total. While I daresay the lamb wasn’t as high-quality as the produce we get in Australia, they were all cooked to a nice pink colour and had a lovely char on the outside.
I was really looking forward to this dessert, but unfortunately it fell flat for me. The chunks of apple were quite dry and overcooked – perhaps a side of ice-cream would have smoothed it out better?
Overall, I really enjoyed my meal at Seasons Restaurant, marred only by their strange surcharge rule for extra plates. The main courses were the stand-outs and with the early bird special, our dinner ended up being very affordable, although I should warn that the prices are quite steep sans discount. But if that doesn’t bother you, then this restaurant would be perfect for a nice, delicious meal.