Pesca | Amsterdam

Pesca Amsterdam
I love new concepts and places with a little edge to it and this is just one of these places. I L O V E it. Thanks to crowdfunding this place saw its first daylight about 5 months ago. I went to say ‘Hi’ on a grey afternoon in late October and was assisted by the most enthusiastic, chef Bryce who told me all about the place, the concept and the way it all works. The next evening I went again to put my new knowledge into practice.
So, you pick your fish at the ‘marketplace’ when you come in. Then you pick your wine and take your bucket with wine (or whatever else) to your table. You then hang your bucket on a fancy hook above your table and you are all set. A buzzer tells you when to pick up your food. Some staff is walking around to pick up dirty dishes but overall the whole idea is self-serving. The place looks awesome. Cozy, stylish and with daring choices in the interior. Bright yellow tiles and wood panelled walls (made from unprocessed large wooden palets) etc. We loved the food. If they can’t get certain fishes fresh they won’t have them on there menu (marketplace) which I actually quite like. We had an amazing tender juicy halibut filet with a subtile citrus sauce, amazing gamba’s and a great wild mushroom salad. I will definitely be back to try more fish! Rozengracht 133, Amsterdam | +3120 334 5136 | Tram: 1, 2, 13, 14, 17 (Westermarkt) 1,2, 3, 12 (de Clerqstraat) | Website | €€€
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Sturehof – Stockholm

Thank you to everyone who suggested this place to me, it was so good! I went here on a Friday night and arrived quite late. The place was buzzing and superbusy but we luckily managed to get a table for 2. We started with the Toast Skagen to share which was even better than I expected (heard so much about it!). It’s a mix of prawns, creme fraiche and mayonaise on toast and absolutely not to miss. As our main course we got the fresh salted smoked salmon and the poached cod which were both delicious. I became a little obsessed with their brown buttered hollandaise sauce. Really bad, but so good at the same time! The area of the restaurant is basically like Chelsea in London so kind of poshy. They have an outside seating area, and it’s also a good place for drinks after dinner, as well Riche a little further down the road. Stureplan 2, Stockolm | +46 8-440 57 30 | £££ | Website | Map