My Little Patisserie – Amsterdam

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My Little Patisserie

My Little Patisserie is a small, but great location to find pastries and croissants. In fact, it is so small that I passed it several times while looking for it, LOL.  The owner moved from Paris to Amsterdam, which is definitely Amsterdam’s gain.

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Pastry Selection
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Pastry Selection

The selection of pastries is a bit smaller than what you will find at most patisserie’s, however they seem to choose quality over quantity, which I highly admire.  They are beautifully presented as well, as the smaller selection showcases each individual pastry.

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Choux au Chocolate
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Choux au Chocolat

The Choux au Chocolate (€3.10) is a cream puff, dipped in chocolate then sprinkled with large granules of sugar. I didn’t know it at the time that I ordered it, but the filling is also chocolate rather than vanilla. They were light, and still retained a little crunch. The filling was pure heaven, as it was mildly dense and not too sweet.

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Chocolate Croissant

The Chocolate Croissants (€0.60) are little miniature croissants. The outside is crunchy, and the layers of the croissant can be easily identified. There are two veins of chocolate running throughout the pastry. These are some of the better chocolate croissants that I have had.

My Little Patisserie seems to be a great addition in Amsterdam. The pastries that I had were delicious, and seems to be loved by locals. Their prices are a tad on the high side for most items, but I thought that the chocolate croissants were a steal at their price point.

Warung Spang Makandra – Amsterdam

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Warung Spang Makandra

Warung Spang Makandra is one of the many Indonesian restaurants in Amsterdam. As Indonesia was colonized by the Dutch, there is a big Dutch influence in Indonesian culture and vice versa.

The restaurant states that it opens at 11:00 AM, but when I went there shortly thereafter, the only people working were the cooks. I was told to come back later since nobody else was there. Upon my return around 11:45 AM, there was actually front of the house staff working.

The restaurant is on the smaller side, and has a decidedly Indonesian décor. They do have menus in English, and the staff also speaks English in addition to Indonesian and Dutch.

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Spang Makandra Special

I opted for the Spang Makandra Special (€10) which included fried rice, noodles, chicken filet, chicken satay, fried egg, potato sambal, and Javanese frikandel (potato). There was another combination plate that came with ayam pedis (spicy chicken filet), and I asked if I could substitute that for the regular chicken filet and they were happy to oblige.

The spicy chicken was very tender and moist. Although the sambal looks somewhat imposing it was not all that spicy. The chicken satay was cooked nicely, and the peanut sauce was on the sweeter side. I was somewhat disappointed as the peanut sauce was cold which detracted from the dish. The fried rice had nice crispy shallots throughout which added an extra layer of flavor and a crunchy aspect. The Javenese frikandel was like a solid mashed potato ball. It was cooked well and very good.

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Madame Jeanette

Extra condiments were also placed on the table. I tried some green looking chili, which ended up being wonderful, and was actually pretty hot. I had never seen this before, and asked the server. He said that the sambal was called Madam Jeanette, which is a type of pepper from Surinam.

The food here was very good, and I thought it was an excellent value. I would not hesitate to come here again in the future.

Onigiri Ya – Amsterdam

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Onigiri Ya

Onigiri Ya is a relatively new Japanese restaurant that opened in Amsterdam. They only serve one thing here, which is onigiri, or musubi, which is rice, usually formed into a triangular shape and can be filled with a variety of toppings.

The selection seems to vary on a daily basis.

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Onigiri Selection
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Onigiri Selection
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Onigiri Selection
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Onigiri Selection

On the day of my visit, there was Salmon, Chicken Karaage, Yakitori Chicken, Kombu, Tuna Mayo, Mentaiko, Edamame, Umeboshi, Black Sesame, Plain Salt, Hijiki Mix, Kampyo, and Bonito Flakes.

I grabbed a few to take with me as I only had a short layover in Amsterdam.

Unfortunately, it began to rain pretty heavily so I put them in my bag and they got smashed in the process and were not in pristine shape by the time I got to try them.

The Salmon has a nice salty and fishy taste which is toned down by the rice. A fairly generous portion of salmon is also inside.

The Chicken Karaage sounds good in theory, as you have crunchy fried chicken with rice. I am sure that these are very good when just made, however the longer they sit the more the crunchy texture will disappear against the moisture from the rice. Once again, the portion of chicken was fairly generous and despite not being crunchy the flavor was very good.

The Yakitori Chicken was my favorite by far. The chicken was moist and tender, and lightly bathed in a slightly sweet sauce. It was like eating a hand held, portable chicken bowl.

Prices are a little high for what you are getting, but the quality of ingredients is good. Given the lack of competition in Amsterdam I don’t see them having a reason to lower prices. For a good alternative however, Onigiri Ya is a solid choice.