In east Amsterdam you will find one of the city’s main destinations for fine dining and quality seafood. A spectacular venue where gastronomy and street art combine to provide a colourful and delightful experience for its customers. The Harbour Club, located by the Entrepothaven harbour, was formerly a wine terminal in which wine was bottled to be later distributed throughout the country. However, since its 2200m² were refurbished, this place has become Amsterdam’s hot spot for food and interior décor.
As you enter, the first thing you are drawn to is the 16 meter long mural by neo-pop artist Selwyn Senatori. His graffiti-like style contrasts with the slightly modern decoration of the room. Stunning flower arrangements, lit candles and paper balloons set a very interesting vibe to the venue, which seems ideal for large scale events such as weddings, parties and business meetings. When it comes to food, their specialities include traditional French plateau de fruit de mer (with fish, shellfish, lobster and oysters) and sushi.
The outside area is also very large and perfect for a cocktail party on a hot summer’s day. In the inside kitchen, you can observe the display of fresh fish and lobsters that are served in the restaurant. They are cooled to low temperatures to be served in their best condition. The large open kitchen is also features a lobster tank, where the crustaceans gather and fight (for your brief entertainment) while waiting for the food to be served.
For the next two weeks, when visiting the restaurant, you can also take part in the Rosé Experience: an initiative created in partnership with Pays d’Oc, which is an official quality wine denomination, certified by Veritas Quality France. Until June 4, Harbour Club’s customers can enjoy 5 different Pays d’Oc rosé wines at reduced prices. They range from €3 to €6,60. If you also plan to taste their food menu specialities, the average price for a 3 course meal is around €45 per person .
On my trip to the restaurant, I tasted Les Jamelles Grenache Gris, a very fresh and fruity rosé wine, ideal for cooling you down whilst you nibble on seafood. Another tried and tested was Le Poussin Rose, a mix of floral tones and fruit flavors with a dry finish. They were both produced in 2013 and are part of the Rosé Experience provided by the Harbour Club. The wines were tasted together with 3 starters and 2 mains. For starters, they served eggplant stuffed with goat cheese, coated with a herbs sauce; a trimmed down version of another French classic, steak tartare; and a cold soup with prawn. For mains, a rare tuna fillet over a green bean, anchovy and potato salad; Mediterranean fish soup of various species of fish, shellfish and crustaceans.
If you do go there, don’t miss out on the chance to win a rosé tasting trip in a hot air balloon with 5 friends by taking a picture in front of the hot pink VW van, which is parked by the restaurant’s entrance, and uploading it to Pays d’Oc Facebook page.
Photos by Bianca Castro