There's an almost endless stream of new and daring places to eat in Amsterdam, and gossip is most fevered around places that combine culinary delight with eccentric locations. These tend to be the best restaurants in Amsterdam.
De Kas, for example, is in an old greenhouse; Hotel de Goudfazant is in a warehouse; Dauphine is in a former Renault showroom; and Pont 13 is in a retired ferry. Just across the way from the latter, REM Eiland (Haparandadam 45, 688 5501, www.remeiland.com) is perhaps the boldest architectural addition of recent years. A pirate radio broadcasting rig in its former life, this dizzying structure was towed from the waters of the North Sea and now boasts heady views across new and old Amsterdam from atop its helipad.
Restaurant Freud (Spaarndammerstraat 424, 688 5548, www.restaurantfreud.nl), offers 'insanely tasty food', prepared and served up by former psychiatric patients, whereas out east, excellent new addition Rijsel (Marcusstraat 52b, 463 2142, www.rijsel.com) has made light of the less-than-stellar reputation of Dutch cuisine by setting up shop in the former home of a school for home economics.
The term 'Dutch cuisine' once inspired peals of laughter. But well-travelled chefs such as Ron Blaauw have returned home to apply their lessons to fresh local and often organic ingredients (you can source your own at Noordermarkt's Saturday organic market). Transcending its setting as a land best suited to spuds, cabbages, carrots and cows, the nation is now employing its greenhouses to grow an array of interesting ingredients. Eet smakelijk!