The place to be in Amsterdam South East
TEXT: MICHIEL STOL | PHOTOS: GÅRD NORDIC KITCHEN & COURTYARD AMSTERDAM ARENA ATLAS
When experiencing Amsterdam South East, one of the best place to end up at is the Courtyard Amsterdam Arena Atlas and its unique Scandinavian restaurant, GåRD Nordic Kitchen. “A hidden gem in the business and entertainment district,” says Anne Wil Herweijer, Sales Manager of GåRD Nordic Kitchen.
This restaurant, which is often referred to by the locals as their second living room, creates a warm and casual vibe with excellent dishes respecting the traditional Scandinavian cooking techniques like smoking and pickling. Definitely the perfect place to start an evening before heading to a concert in the Ziggo Dome or AFAS Live. “The restaurant feels very cosy, like a family den with couches, rugs and pictures,” explains Herweijer.
Due to the success of the restaurant and the trend of the Scandinavian kitchen, GåRD has also opened its doors in other countries like Belgium, Poland and the UK, and that is only the beginning. Many more new locations are planned to open in the next few years, confirms Herweijer, and continues: “We want to offer a new and exciting choice to go for dinner – not just here in Amsterdam where it all started, but all over the world.”
One of the favourites on the menu is the flatbread topped with chicken or crispy duck, but you can of course find the classics like Swedish meatballs and Norwegian waffle on the menu also. “It would not be a Nordic restaurant without them,” Herweijer smiles.