Historic dinner with a spectacular view
TEXT: CHARLOTTE VAN HEK | PHOTOS: REM EILAND
You see it from afar: the striking red and white structure towers 22 metres above the IJ river, building your expectations for an adventure. REM Eiland is an extraordinary restaurant in every way, from the breathtaking views to its fascinating history.
Your adventure starts when you climb the steep metal stairs and reach the platform. Your reward is a beautiful 360- degree panoramic view over Amsterdam and a restaurant unlike anything you have seen before. The dining rooms are located on wraparound platforms, with an ex-helipad all around.
When stepping into the restaurant, the black and white photos on the walls already provide a glimpse into history. “REM Eiland was built in the 1960s as a pirate television tower, set up by clever entrepreneurs to avoid the Netherlands’ restrictions on the broadcasting of commercial shows,” explains Onno Zwart, owner of REM Eiland. “However, the tower was shut down by the government after just a couple of months, and then served as a monitoring post.”
Luckily for everyone, the island was transformed into a restaurant. In an industrial setting, REM serves French- European dishes for lunch and dinner. A brand-new menu created by the chef awaits: fresh seafood, high-quality meat, all topped off with excellent wines. Due to its fantastic location, REM Eiland is a favourite spot for small meetings and presentations held in their multifunctional space ‘Studio REM’.
In the summer, the rooftop bar is the best place for drinks. The combination of great food and a unique location make REM Eiland a memorable adventure, made even more special by the turbulent history. “REM’s history is the cherry on the cake. We make sure no one leaves without knowing our fantastic story!”