--Coffeeshop De Rokerij (pg. 64) is out of business. The police have forced the popular Amsterdam chain to shut the doors at all their locations. Allegedly, the shop’s owners were involved in a UK-based weed smuggling operation. The legendary Lange Leidsedwaarstraat Nepalese inspired smoking temple is now history.
Soprano (pg. 46) is now called al Bacaro. The menu has expanded in choice but also in price—the authentic Italian quality, however, remains. Open for lunch and dinner Tues-Sun. 12-22:30.
Free tea is no longer being poured at New King Chinese restaurant (pg. 49). They now charge for their deliciously bitter Jasmine brew. The interior is redone in a more trendy style making the prices loftier. The food remains tasty but I recommend Nam Kee (next door at Zeedijk 111-112) for a cheaper but equally toothsome Mandarin style meal.
The folks at Foodism (pg. 50) have moved location after over a decade on the charming Oude Leliestraat. A bigger space and a broader menu await your grumbling belly just west of the Centrum at Nassaukade 123. And they’re still a famed hang-over- friendly environment.
TerraZen is a new vegan restaurant located in a historical little alley near Centraal Station ( Sint Jacobstraat 19). Years ago another famous vegan restaurant, The Egg Cream, occupied this same space. Now, after a decade in hiatus, the renowned food returns! Large hand painted letters with the restaurant’s name plus the words Vegan and Wellness are the only advertisement--no opening hours, menu or other information is available. Some friends of mine who work nearby swear the vegan delectables at TerraZen are Amsterdam’s best, the only problem is figuring out when they’re open!
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