Do you want to do something special in Amsterdam? Want to surprise & treat a friend or your love for a chic breakfast, lunch or dinner? Then take him or her to Jansz. restaurant, a true hotspot in the upmarket (and recently renovated) Pulitzer hotel, in the city canal centre of beautiful Amsterdam. The Mr. and I went there recently and I loved it. Today I will show you why.
The entrance of the Pulitzer hotel from the Prinsengracht. It is nice to walk in from this side, through the hotel to have look, although you can enter Jansz. restaurant also from its very own entrance on the Reestreet.
At the moment the ‘Winter Garden’ is the place to be for cosy and classy winter drinks in Amsterdam.
And if one tried too many drinks, these swings suddenly look very attractive and great to try out….
Jansz. restaurant, a great mix between country side wooden paneling and an upmarket Parisian bistro style.
This is the eye-catcher of an entrance of Jansz, when you come in from the Reestraat (Negen Straatjes – ‘Nine Streets). Jansz. is named after the 17th century craftsman Volkert Jansz, who was a man with a keen eye for style and good taste. The entrance feels a bit like an old days pharmacy, or stylish hallway. The green velvet benches are stunning, and so is the pattern on the floor.
Let’s talk about food. You can have breakfast, lunch and dinner at Jansz. We went for a late lunch, or early dinner, on a cold autumn day.
This was delicious; wild mushrooms and cauliflower. A very, very nice starter. I have to complain a little bit before I’ll be enthusiastic again: They didn’t have oysters (disaster), no scallops (oh hell) and no duck liver mousse anymore. And it was very quiet! And they are part of an hotel. OK, that I found stupid. Also because service didn’t tell us when they gave us the menu. Furthermore what was available, food-wise, was great.
Beef tartar with quail’s egg and croutons.
Tuna tartar with wasabi mayonaise. Raw meet and fish is just the best. If I ever fall pregnant in future (not now) to not eat raw foods will be a serious struggle for me. And then I don’t even think about smelly French cheeses and a glass of wine. Grumble!
Burrata, ohhhh delicious. It’s buffalo mozzarella injected with extra cream. With olive oil, pepper, sea salt, delicious Pomodori tomatoes and a nutty crumble….
To finish off we shared these braised meatballs with marinara sauce. Nice, tasty, but not tastier or more special than at home. The girls in service were ‘okay’. I found them a bit lazy, boring, not enjoying what they do! For a place like this that is a bit of a shame, because the interior and setting is all so beautiful, and the food delicious. Maybe the average service experience was because we were there for a late lunch, or an early dinner, and therefore it was quiet at that time? Or the girls needed their break? But to me that is no reason to be nonchalant when you work in hospitality.
Pretty restaurant Jansz. in early evening light. My overall experience was good. I would love to go back for oysters and scallops (when they have them again) and for the miso glazed cod fish, sole à la Meunière, duck breast and the bavette steak. The luxury menu together with the warm, stylish interior, marmer tables and French bistro chairs are irresistible! When service will be bit more on point this soon can be my new favourite place in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam in winter.
Jansz. restaurant is situated on Reestraat 8, in the ‘Negen Straatjes’ (the nine street) of Amsterdam.
This luxury ‘Parisian’ bistro style restaurant is daily open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s part of the luxury 5 star Pulitzer hotel (Prinsengracht 315), but the restaurant has a separate entrance as well.
*Note: I have not been asked, paid or invited to write about Jansz. restaurant. My opinion is honest and I paid the bill myself. All images are mine, made with a Canon EOS M3 camera.
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