There is a well known fish restaurant in Amsterdam at Scheldeplein. For years and years this place called Visaandeschelde is often full and they serve delicious oysters, lobster, sole, crab, prawns and other mainly fish dishes. It’s upmarket, they have a nice wine list, the kitchen is not fine dining but definitely more than a simple bistro. Recently me and the Mr. had lunch there and it was divine. Any negatives? Not really. Well, it’s pricey. And it’s a place where people like to be seen. Like Monaco in France. Camps Bay in Cape Town. Or Bond Street in London. I usually avoid those places because I don’t like that. But at Visaandeschelde the atmosphere still remains good, and the food is so delicious that every now and then we can’t resist and go there. Today I will show you my photo report of our lunch at VIS.
The front of Visaandeschelde – which by the way means Fish at the Schelde. Schelde is a river in Holland, and the square in Amsterdam where this restaurant is located is named after this river: Scheldeplein (Schelde Square).
Table setting. AND bubbles.
Olive oil made of Arbequina olives is just the best.
Interior. A bit stiff and did not change a lot over the last years but I think that is what they like: remain the same, with constant quality. People know what to expect here.
Wine in the sink. I need this at home I think.
The entrance at Visaandeschelde and the tables close to the window.
Amuse bouche. I forgot what it was. But I think a cold tomato gazpacho with Dutch North Sea prawns.
Gillardeau Oysters. Of course! Delicious.
My starter: Tuna with papadum, avocado, citrus, wasabi and sesame. How stunning does this dish look? Those small mushroom are beautiful, and also full of flavour!
The Mr’s starter: Lobster bisque with shrimp croquettes and Löwensenf mayonnaise.
Than we both decides to go for one soft shell crab with wasabi mayonnaise, homemade sambal and wakame salad. Best. Idea. Ever.
This was fantastic! I could dream about this type of food.
The wine we had; Belondrade y Lurton 2014. An all time favourite from Rueda, Spain. (Grape: Verdejo)
My main course was nice, but not as nice as my two starters…. It must be said. What you see here is: Pike-perch in Kataifi, Pearl couscous, aubergine, tzatziki and garlic. It was a bit boring, it needed salt and pepper, I missed something exciting. Also the tzatziki was a bit too cold and too much for the dish. The balance was a bit gone. I finished it, didn’t complain, it was OK. But not super duper delicious.
Luckily the Mr. ordered his favourite salad here: The Visaandeschelde Classical Salad, with lobster, duck liver, truffle and balsamic vinegar. How many exclusive ingredients can you put together in one dish? He loved it as always. I don’t like duck liver but I did steal some lobster and truffle.
Fries on the side….
It was quiet that Monday for lunch. But we didn’t mind.
Cappuccino with nougat, crème brûlée, mini lemon meringue… Yum.
We had a fantastic lunch at Vis in Amsterdam. My main course was not the best main ever but there was nothing really wrong with it neither. The service was a bit slow (even though it wasn’t busy) and they were speaking about the party they had during their weekend at the bar, where guests can hear…. I don’t really mind those things and actually think it’s funny. But of course in a place like this it shouldn’t be like that. Also the girls wear their own faded jeans with old sneakers, which is fine, but I maybe expected a bit more in a place like this… Also not too formal, but maybe somewhere in between? A dark, neat jeans and no dirty old All Stars but maybe all the same sneakers from a cool brand in Amsterdam who likes to sponsor? Don’t know. I found the whole service experience a bit s0-so. They were friendly though, but they also forgot an order and were late with the wine. Anyway, next time we will go again, maybe in the evening then. I can’t wait to taste the oyster, soft shell and the tuna tartar again.
Visaandeschelde restaurant is located at Scheldeplein 4 in Amsterdam. It is open for lunch from Monday – Friday from 12.00 – 14.30 and for dinner from Monday to Saturday from 17.30 – 23.00 and on Sunday from 16.00 until 23.00.
Click here for more information, road direction, the current menu and prices.
*Note: I have not been invited, paid or asked to write about Visaandeschelde restaurant. We paid the bill ourselves in full. All photos are mine and made with a Canon EOS M3 camera or iPhone 6s.