TEXT: MICHIEL STOL | PHOTOS © RESTAURANT STORK

On the north bank of the river IJ is where you will find the finest fish and seafood restaurant in Amsterdam, accompanied by superb views over the water and the city centre. “Our fish dishes are true masterpieces in their simplicity,” explains Hanne Blom, who owns restaurant Stork with her husband Erik Buunk.

At restaurant Stork, you can enjoy a variety of gourmet seafood dishes, such as the classic ‘fruits de mer’ and whole served fish of the season, caught daily. In the open kitchen, all dishes are freshly prepared and filleted when desired.

Restaurant Stork, Perfect seafood on the banks of the river IJ, Discover Benelux magazine

“One of our favourites is the Stork Platter, with North Sea crab claws, soft-shell crab-pulp salad, codfish ceviche and blini with smoked salmon-tuna tartar,” elaborates Blom. In the lobster tank, you will find the best lobsters which are prepared on the spot.

Restaurant Stork is situated in an old industrial loft, part of the former Stork factory, where they produced machines for the food industry. “We kept a lot of the details from the old factory,” continues Blom. “Such as the metal framework of an old annex, which gives the terrace that little extra. We only added in enormous windows to let the light in, and the pavement paintings on the terrace, by Favela Paintings, add more colour.”

Restaurant Stork, Perfect seafood on the banks of the river IJ, Discover Benelux magazine

In the summer, when all the boats and ships pass by, the terrace gives you a true holiday feeling, in the heart of the busy city centre. “Along with our superb plates, it is one of the best places in Amsterdam North for good food and brilliant views.”

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