“Well worth the trip, especially if you're veggie.. You will not be disappointed”
My partner and I visited Betty's for a romantic dinner for two on our most recent trip to Amsterdam.
As a vegetarian, I am always on the look out for gourmet veggie dining and Betty's did not disappoint..
We booked about 2 weeks in advance on the advice of reviews and had no problem booking a 7.30pm Friday night table over the Easter break.
The restaurant is very easy to reach by tram, which stops almost right outside (Line 25 or 4) and runs late back into town.
The restaurant itself is small, homely and cosy. It is adorned with jars of spices, bottles of oils and kitchen gadgets, all of which are reportedly used in the cooking and can be purchased on the night. All dining is in one room, seating around 30 covers. The owner runs the front of house and there is an (unseen) chef out back in the kitchen. No explicit dress code was stated when we booked, but diners were generally dressed smart / casual, as was the owner.
The owner / restaurateur is delightful! A warm, friendly and polite, and knows all the information you never knew you needed about the food and wine you consume!
As in previous reviews, one potential criticism could be that as the owner is the only person front of house, and he spends a great deal of time chatting with customers and showcasing samples of the oil and herb products, the service is perhaps a bit slow compared with some UK / US standards. The restaurant was about 75% full when we visited, and the owner took the time to talk to all the customers about the dishes and their ingredients. However, I have found that this is the case in most of the fine food establishments in Europe, where great pride is taken in the production, presentation and experience of fine food and dining. We enjoyed his patter and purchased a couple of the nut oils after a post-dinner tasting session, without feeling under any duress to do so.
We were offered bottled water and ordered wine within minutes of arriving. There is a good selection of wines and the owner is very knowledgable and made an excellent recommendation of a FRENCH Riesling!!! I hated Riesling until this visit and now look upon them with renewed vigour!
The food itself is a set menu of 1-3 courses. Set menus are also very common in Europe and actually takes the hassle out of ordering and adds to the experience. The first course / starter and desert are optional. We couldn't stay for desert unfortunately, but at the end of your meal (if you still have room!!) you can choose from a range of freshly-made cakes and puddings on display and they all looked delicious and people eating them in the restaurant looked very happy indeed...
All food is egg, dairy and meat free. Not sure about allergies, and there were certainly a lot of nut-based dishes on the menu, but I am sure the owner would be happy to discuss and accommodate any requirements wherever possible.
First course was a meze-style platter of salad dips shared between two, served with freshly baked wholemeal bread and a bowl of soup each. All of the dips were delicious and clearly made from quality ingredients. The sharing element was a nice touch too as helped add to the warm and intimate atmosphere.
The main course was a mixture of a polenta pie (delicious) with shared sides of couscous and vegetable salads. Once again,every single dish was totally delicious (even for my non-veggie partner). Just the right sized portions, even for people with big 'Amsterdam' appetites!
At the end of the meal, we were pleasantly full, but not stuffed and merrily stumbled off to get the tram home about 2 hours after we arrived. The total bill was around €150, including about €40 spent on oils.
Overall, Betty's was a wonderful experience. It has a sedate, intimate, calm and relaxing atmosphere, great wine and fabulous food.
Of the vegetarian restaurants and cafés I have visited around the world over the years, I would give Betty's a 9/10 for taste, 10/10 for quality and 10/10 for atmosphere.
Recommended for couples, friends, relatives and close colleagues who want to have a relaxing and sociable meal. Probably not the best choice if you are in a rush though!
Betty's is well worth the trip, especially if you're veggie.. You will not be disappointed.
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