In the centre of Amsterdam it’s sometimes difficult to think of where to go for lunch. In the Kalverstraat (high street) aren’t any nice spots to go for lunch, you have the nine streets close by, puccini is a 5 minute distance walk however you might want to stay just closer to the shops to continue your journey. We have found the perfect spot to go to, in a small side street of the Kalverstraat. It’s the small side street next to the H&M at Spui. This hidden hotspot is: Gartine.
Gartine is available for breakfast, lunch and high tea. Everything they cook is biological and according to the ‘slow food’ organisation. All the products they serve come directly from their own vegetable garden and the eggs are from the charity ‘adopt a chicken’. The owners love fair products, food and cooking. All this passion is recognizable in the quality of the food, and the way they present the dishes. As result of the passion they have a lovely small quiet place, in the middle of the centre of Amsterdam and written a cook book.
Hunter Niels went for the ‘big high tea’ (price is 20,95 EUR, they have a small and medium as well), which consisted of: A spinash soup, choux pastry of salmon, sandwich with matured goat cheese, asparagus quiche, 6 different types of cake (Abricot cup cake, lemon merengue, carrot cake, coffee/cinnamon creamy cake, lavendel cheesecake and chocolate fudge) and figs in chocolate. All this served with all kind of teas, as much as you want. The soup, cakes and sandwiches very each time throughout the season. You don’t get a slide of each cake per person by the way, but it is so much that you are happy to share. If you go for a medium high tea (18,95 EUR) you skip the soup. And the small high tea (11,95 EUR) is only the sweets. However besides the high teas there is an extended list of sandwiches, salads, and breakfast opportunities. If you want to be sure of a table please make a reservation, since they only have capacity for 24 people.
Gartine, taksteeg 7, Amsterdam +31203204132