Wining and dining in a casual atmosphere
TEXT: ELLA PUT | PHOTOS © PASTIS
Situated in the lively urban neighbourhood of Old-West lies the cosiest café-restaurant in Amsterdam, Pastis. Praised by many for their price to quality ratio, this caférestaurant is the perfect pit stop during a visit to the Dutch capital.
Somewhere with the casual atmosphere of a living room and the tasty food of a good restaurant: this was what Pastis owners Anna Mol and Ingrid van den Akker found to be missing in their lively Amsterdam Old-West neighbourhood.
“So, we started the restaurant that we wanted to have,” Mol explains. Pastis became a pride and passion: “The guests, the food and the restaurant… it is a lively mix of everything: a café-restaurant where locals and visitors to the city can meet and where we offer a delicious seasonal menu with a French twist and a touch of the Mediterranean.”
Pastis promises to be the perfect place to take your family, partner or a work colleague after a visit to one of the nearby museums, such as the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh Museum. Enjoy one of their delicious wines and tasty Dutch delicacy ‘bitterballen’ on the terrace overlooking the lively neighbourhood square. Or sample the living room atmosphere inside and taste one of chef’s specialties, such as guinea fowl or delicious cod from the local market, served with fries.
The place that Van den Akker and Mol once wished for has become their own creation. Their affordable prices, friendly staff and delicious cuisine with a renewed menu make this place one of a kind. Mol: “There is something for everyone, and everyone is more than welcome.”