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  • Rozengracht 251
    1016 SX Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Centrum, Jordaan, West, Da Costabuurt
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  • Phone number +31 20 6267957
  • Business website moeders.com
  • “Highly recommended - like my first sentence, a really authentic and warm dose of Dutch food.” in 10 reviews

  • “Everyone was very friendly, and we loved the hotchpotch, the soup (the pea soup is fantastic!) and the rhubarb.” in 10 reviews

  • “I also tried the stamppot (mashed potatoes, gravy, sausage, meatball) and the beef stew.” in 5 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating
    8/9/2014

    What an amazing restaurant to get authentic Dutch food.  Moeders is dutch for Mothers, so when you go inside the walls are lined with photos of mothers.  Had I had known this earlier, I would have brought a picture with me to add to the collection.  I loved the ambience and decor of this place.  The table setting do not match because they were given by friends and family.  It gives it such a homey feeling.  

    So we sat down and started with a bottle of wine.  For apps I had the carpaccio (see other reviews from my trip to Holland and you'll see I'm obsessed) and my husband had the Miss Pumpkin Salad.  My carpaccio was perfect and his salad was all forms of amazing.  For dinner I ordered the fish from the market which ended up being dory.  It was so flaky and delicious, I could eat that every night.   The hubs ordered the Suddervlees, traditional stewed beef.  It was fork tender and just all around full of flavor.  I wish that we had more nights in the city so we would have had a chance to go back and try the other offerings.  

    MAKE RESERVATIONS.  This place is very busy.

  • 5.0 star rating
    5/9/2014
    1 check-in

    Here is the place to go for some authentic Dutch food, pretty sure at least. I recommend the stew. Nice place lots of pictures of, surprise surprise, mothers on the wall.  Guess the name is rather literal.

    Dutch food overall isn't my favorite so I won't necessarily be in a rush to go again, but if I were to be in Amsterdam again I'd be sure and make a stop.

  • 5.0 star rating
    22/8/2014

    I would even recommend this place to Dutch people. In fact, I have. I went here with my parents who demanded erwtensoep in the middle of summer and I was very pleasantly surprised. Dutch food here is very stereotypical, but it's also presented beautifully (who would have thought that was possible?) and - most importantly - delicious. And it was approved by my parents, who are notoriously picky about restaurants! They even requested to go back the following day. (Side note - reserve early)
    The clientelle are mostly tourists, but they're the nice kind of tourists that aren't afraid to venture out of the center of the city ;)
    The staff are English-speaking and actually surprisingly friendly and attentive, for Holland.
    Bottom line: great place with great food and a lot of character!

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/9/2014

    Not know for lots of vegetarian options but I stopped by here for lunch and had a tasty farmers bread open faced sandwich with aged cheese, tomatoes, and grilled squash. Definitely worth visiting.

  • 5.0 star rating
    31/8/2014

    The ambiance is very laid back.  The place is decorated with pictures of mothers.  The beer menu was decent.  The food, though, was excellent.  I had fish with a bernaise sauce -- it was outstanding.  The frites were good.  The bread and hommos was great too -- soft bread and very fresh, dry hommos.

  • 5.0 star rating
    12/8/2014

    What a wonderful place.  Everyone was very friendly, and we loved the hotchpotch, the soup (the pea soup is fantastic!) and the rhubarb.  I don't think I've ever met friendlier waitstaff.  The portions are HUGE!  Go hungry.  I thought we were hungry, but we could not eat everything- and it was so good, I wish we could have.  We took tram number 2 from central station.

  • 4.0 star rating
    19/6/2014
    1 check-in

    Great spot for authentic Dutch food. Wait staff was friendly and kept the beers coming.

    Food was amazing: we tried the spare ribs and "hotchpotch" with sauerkraut - both portions were large but finish-able. Additionally, the tomato soup and apple pie were also delicious.

    Tips: dining area is small, we were lucky and got a table for 5 without a reservation, I would recommend calling ahead. They also have free wifi so you can check in and add filters for the techies out there.

    Overall, definitely stop here for a hearty Dutch meal.

  • 5.0 star rating
    14/6/2014
    1 check-in

    My friend and I were determined to try Dutch food on our recent trip to Amsterdam and when debating between a restaurant or a homecooked meal from two slightly sketchy boys we met outside a bar, we chose the former.

    The restaurant is cozy and filled with pictures of mothers. Some a bit on the scandalous side, but that is probably the prude American in me speaking.

    We shared the Dutch Ricedish which I highly recommend. More food than two people could eat, but a great exposure to traditional Dutch food: two different type of beef stews that looked the same but tasted remarkably different; potatoes galore; a hotchpotch with some type of sausage; and a sauce that was similar in consistency and taste to applesauce. The waitress was very friendly and walked us through the different pots as well as suggested we mix them all together.

    Overall, my favorite meal in Amsterdam and perhaps my entire two weeks in Europe.

  • 5.0 star rating
    16/6/2014

    This place is such a spot on dose of Amsterdam! We sat outside facing the river and a row of bikes- can't get more Dutch than that!

    Food served in generous proportions, and really tasty! My hubby ordered the hotchpotch with spinach- it was massive and came with a meat ball, a sausage and extra sauce.

    I had the mama's ribs - I couldn't finish it! It came with chips and a trio of dips. And a side of sauerkraut. Very yummy. Both mains were €15 each and pictured in my photo!

    We also ordered the lobster bisque for €7. I wish I didn't cos then I'd have more room for my main! But it was yummy!!

    Lastly, all tables (I think) get complimentary bread with home made hommus. Needless to say I finished the hummus and had to refrain from eating the bread.

    Highly recommended - like my first sentence, a really authentic and warm dose of Dutch food. :)

  • 2.0 star rating
    16/4/2014

    I feel a little bad giving Moeders two stars. After all, I don't want to offend mothers around the world. Let's start with some positives:

    1) easy online reservation system
    2) quaint decor of thousands of photos of random people's mothers and mismatched plates
    3) homey setting and service

    Unfortunately, the main negative outweighed all of those positive:
    1) The food didn't taste good. Sorry, it was just that simple. I read that the Hotch-potch was the thing to get but it reminded me of heavy breakfast foods eaten during dinner time. I think I enjoy KFC mashed potatoes morethan the ones at Moeders. The meats like sausage and bacon taste like what you'd eat during a typical American breakfast.

    Sorry, folks, I just didn't "get" it.

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/5/2014

    As a tourist, I had to try Moeders to taste Dutch home cooking! I have a mixed feeling but I will come back again if I have a chance.

    Pros:
    - friendly stuff members
    - authentic Dutch home cooking (If you like or not - it could be heavy and brant for some people...)
    - cute decor with millions of "mothers'" portrait photos
    - Their dessert is yummy! Make sure to leave some space in your stomach after your meal.
    - If they have items ready, they can serve dinner menus (such as Hotchpotch) for lunch. Please ask waitresses.

    Cons:
    - It's too popular so you have to have a reservation is a must, even for lunch time.
    - Their price is rather high.

  • 4.0 star rating
    10/7/2014
    1 check-in

    Loved the vibe and loved the food. I had the vegetarian "hotchpotch" although the vegetarian dish of the day (a savory strudel) was far better. The decor is absolutely charming, all the dishware is mismatched as it was brought in by people on the opening day. It's traditional dutch food so not the most flavorful cuisine there is but I was super happy to be able to try it on a trip especially with the vegetarian version.

  • 5.0 star rating
    1/2/2014
    1 check-in

    Behind the silky green drapes that hang behind Moeders' door are hundreds of pictures of mothers, more than I've ever seen, all framed and covering every wall of the restaurant. Moeders is the name. And fresh traditional dutch food is what you can expect. Just like 'Mother' would make.

    I came here for my birthday dinner and had such high hopes. I left delighted! The attention to detail is beautiful. - From the waitresses' floral aprons to the mismatched crockery, I was even presented with a lovely quirky printed tin full of different teas when I ordered after-dinner tea. The biscuit tin accompanying our tea and coffee was just too cute! It's all, indeed, just like Mum's.

    We ordered three traditional Dutch hotch potch and opted for sauerkraut with our stampot. Mmmm! Comforting, wholesome. Just how food should be! My favourite part of the hotch potch was the giant meatball. Tasty stuff! It was all delicious but the sauerkraut stampot had defeated us and we had to surrender to Moeder's cooking in the end.

    The staff were so cheery and friendly which made the restaurant really relaxed and we didn't feel rushed at all. We didn't make a reservation but arrived in the early evening and managed to get a table. If you plan on arriving later, I'd suggest making a reservation as the restaurant only got busier and it seemed like a lot of people had pre-booked.

    To sum up, Moeders was a definite highlight of my stay in Amsterdam and I couldn't have asked for a better birthday dinner.

    It's true. - Nobody does it like Moeder!

  • 3.0 star rating
    14/11/2013
    1 check-in

    Walking in you immediately feel the gezellig coziness of the place with the warm lighting, and colorful walls covered with photos of typical moms. I was really excited especially after reading all the rave reviews.

    Order the stamppot as that is the most traditional/typical Dutch meal. People who order that seem quite satisfied.

    Since I was with visiting friends and had already eaten stamppot twice that week at work ('twas the season) I passed and ordered the veggie lasagna. Don't do that. I repeat, do not.

    While the plate looked marvelous and the portion was huge, I can't say the same for the taste. It's not awful, but let's just say it's not lasagne, it's more like baked soup casserole.

    Anyway, I'd go for the ambiance more than the food, but maybe I just tried the wrong items. Stick to the real Dutch ones ;).

  • 5.0 star rating
    4/11/2013
    1 check-in

    Delicious delicious traditional Dutch food!

    While in Amsterdam, I used yelp to find the best restaurant near where I was staying.  Moeders came up as one of the best.  I showed up at 8pm without a reservation, they were unfortunately full, but the nice host told us that he would call my cell phone when a table was available.  If we didnt hear from him, he said to come back at 9pm and there surely would be a table.  We went to the bar on the opposite street corner for an hour and then made our way back.  Sure enough, our table was ready.

    The food was phenomenal.  I had the Pea soup and the Father's ribs.  The Pea soup was the best pea soup I had ever eaten.  You could have eaten it with a fork.. it was really thick.   The ribs were excellent.  The meat was almost falling off the bone.  The flavors were incredible.  I also tried the stamppot (mashed potatoes, gravy, sausage, meatball) and the beef stew.  Both dishes were out of the world delicious.  The Dutch Apple pie was dessert was also amazing.  

    I highly recommend this restaurant! A++++ Would eat again! I cant wait to go back and try some of the other dishes on the menu.

    The restaurant is covered in photos of mothers.  All mothers from all over the world.  They even accept new pictures of mothers.  I wish I had one with me.  Next time!

  • 5.0 star rating
    21/4/2014

    Even though it was crowded when I got there, the place felt really comfortable, like you were in someone's house.   The service was amazing and the food was great. If you've never had Dutch cuisine, pay this place a visit.  It will be a memorable experience and you won't be disappointed. Try their split pea soup and stamppot. Will definitely return here next time I'm in Amsterdam!

  • 3.0 star rating
    8/1/2014
    1 check-in

    I probably came here at a bad time. By this time, I had been in Europe for a week and all I had eaten was potatoes and sausages. I wasn't really in the mood for more "pub food" stuff, but I went here because it came so highly recommended.

    I ordered the Hotchpotch as that is what seemed to be dish you had to try and got the pea soup as well. For the price (15 Euros), I thought it would be something beyond mashed potatoes with sausages and a meatball. The soup was pretty good but not amazing.

    Overall, the service was good, but I just didn't understand what made this place so famous. Maybe I just don't really like Dutch food.

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/12/2013

    Want to experience a dutch meal with friends that are visiting you in AMS? Bring them to Moeders!

    All the food is tasty and basic. Nothing fancy. They have a 3 course meal which will cover all the basics and some really tasty applesauce!

    Reservations a must!

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/11/2013

    Good Dutch comfort food in Amsterdam.

    Definitely need to make a reservation as they get busy and full. I loved this place and went back twice. The decor is full of mother theme, pictures of mom on every possible space on the walls and all the plates and glasses are mismatched donations from various moms who have visited.

    The food was authentic Dutch and great. I ordered the Hotpotch both times and it comes with different mash depending on what is available - spinach and potato, sour kraut, carrots and onion. It is sides with a good portion of bacon, sausage and meatball. The Dutch Delight Trio of desert was very good also.

    The service was great also. Kind of creepy that there are pictures of mom on the toilet though. ;0)

  • 5.0 star rating
    14/8/2014

    We loved Moeders.  Talk about authentic Dutch comfort food!  We had an amazing hodgepodge of Dutch potatoes, carrots, and beef, as well as one of the best bowls of tomato soup we've ever had.  Unfortunately we didn't make it to dessert, but views of desserts on other tables almost made us change our minds.  The atmosphere is like eating at home at your mother's table...mismatched cutlery and plates and classes.  A funky, fun, intimate place.  We loved it and hope to return someday for an encore meal.  Make sure to bring a photo of your mother for the wall!

  • 4.0 star rating
    22/8/2013
    3 check-ins

    If you have internationals friends who would like to try some typical Dutch food, I would recommend you to take them to Moeders!

    The food is just great with different 'stampotten' to choose from. They also have daily specials. And the service are very friendly as well and awesome spots when you sit outside next to the canal! Inside the interior is really nice decorated with uncountable frames of mothers. They also serve wine in different wine glasses which they have received 23 years ago when they just opened!

    BIG TIP: Try the 'Indonesische Rijsttafel' menu where you can share it with at least 2 persons where you will get: stamppot, hachee meat, rode bieten, baked and cooked potatoes, rabarber, appelmoes... Isn't this too good to be true?

  • 5.0 star rating
    25/8/2013

    My boyfriend and I wanted to try some Dutch food and get a real feel for Amsterdam. We took the Metro to have dinner here and it was packed both inside and on the patio! The wait time for 2 people would have been an hour. No worries.. We'll try again tomorrow night and now we know to make a reservation.

    We went back the next night and got the spinach potatoes with sausage and bacon. It came with a delicious and large salad as well as a dessert for 15 euros. The food was amazing! The plates of food may not look that large, but those potatoes sure do full you up! We weren't able to finish all of ours.

    The service was friendly, great prices, and good beer on tap. Definitely recommend! Best dinner I ate during my 5 days in Amsterdam!

    ****Don't forget to make your reservation!!!!!*****

  • 5.0 star rating
    31/5/2014

    My fav place in Amsterdam.  Got the braised beef with potatoes and cabbage, my friend got the pheasant both were excellent.

  • 3.0 star rating
    15/9/2013

    Given all the fabulous reviews I was quite looking forward to having dinner here. BUT, when I walked over on a Sunday night around 7:30pm, I was told they were full and could not accommodate me (1 person) for dinner.  Not then, not later, not a all. And unfortunately the message was delivered with a bit of attitude  - like how could I be so stupid as to try to have dinner there without a reservation.

    So, I can't comment on the food but the atmosphere looked nice, save for the lady at the front.

    If you want to eat there, be sure to call a head and check if they can seat you / make a reservation.

  • 5.0 star rating
    24/2/2014

    Food was awesome.  Reasonably priced.  Great atmosphere.  Vegetarian friendly.  Huge portions!

  • 5.0 star rating
    3/4/2013
    1 check-in

    Five stars because if you're in Amsterdam and want to try Dutch food, this is where you want to go. Lined floor to ceiling and wall to wall with pictures of mothers (surprisingly charming rather than creepy), Moeder's (translation: Mother's) is an excellent place to enjoy you share of classic Dutch home-cooking.

    We ordered the sampler entree option which gives you a taste of three very typical classic Dutch meals. And when I say taste, note that that is a huge understatement. We were presented with a "hotch-potch" containing mashed potatoes, sausage, gravy, AND bacon, multiple bowls of heart-warming stew, an apple confit of sorts, TWO sides of potatoes - one fried, the other boiled, etc etc etc. The fact that I cannot currently recall all of the details of the meal does not in any way imply that the meal was not entirely enjoyable. And the fact that I may have fallen into a food coma half-way through the meal should in every way imply that the meal is delicious and perfect for the kind of night when all you want to do is escape the frigid Amsterdam winter and indulge in a hearty, warming meal.

    For those visiting - I'd highly recommend it just to experience Dutch food and to enjoy the comfort of the atmosphere and service of the staff.

  • 4.0 star rating
    14/11/2013

    Pretty good. Never had Dutch food before, and I thought this was pretty representative. I got the hutspot with saurkraut (they had kale, too). It was good, comfort food. The meatball was really good and the bacon was bacon. The sausage, on the other hand, was pretty tasteless. The only other complaint I have was the price- maybe 17 euros is par for the course in Amsterdam, but it just felt a little to expensive.

    The staff was really attentive and friendly, and the decor was original!

  • 5.0 star rating
    8/7/2014

    This place is a bit out of the way of the main tourist areas of Amsterdam, but so so SO worth the trip. We were a party of 8 adults and were able to make reservations the night before. We got the Dutch sampler, which was 19€ per person, family style-- very reasonably priced and more than enough for 8 big eaters. It came with two beef entrees, a sausage entree, mashed and roasted potatoes, red cabbage, rhubarb, and applesauce. This was Dutch home cooking at its best!

  • 3.0 star rating
    16/12/2013
    1 check-in

    I made a decision to try this place after reading such good reviews. Be sure to make an appointment because when I was there I witnessed a couple being declined service as they were told the open tables were reserved. I had called in to reserve a table and was told there is a time slot for 7.15-8.30, I kind of didn't understand what a "time slot" was until I arrived and ordered dinner. So when I got there I noticed on the menu that they offered a 3 course dinner choice and decided that it was a good option. I asked the waitress for her recommendation for an entree and she said the Suddervlees, after which I told her I would like the 3 course meal with it as the entree. Her response to me was that my reservation only allowed me until 8.30, therefore I cannot order that. At which point I became quite disappointed and confused because I wanted to be able to try more than just an entree.

    Now, onto the food. After I ordered my entree, a few slices of bread was brought out with a hummus dip. The bread was soft and moist and the hummus had a subtle flavor with a thick, creamy texture. I enjoyed it with a dry dutch beer. The entree wasn't anything spectacular. It was simply stewed beef served separately with unseasoned red cabbage and boiled potatoes. After I finished all of my food I wanted to try a dessert but unfortunately for me, 8.30 was fast approaching so I reconsidered.

  • 3.0 star rating
    14/1/2014

    Quite underwhelming for lunch, but I suppose it's a Dutch tradition to not eat hot food until dinner time? My friend and I both got the carpaccio sandwich, which was a slab of ice cold beef too thickly cut to be carpaccio. The bread was tasteless, so thank goodness for the sparingly smeared pesto and few pine nuts thrown in to make it "interesting". The salad on the side had no dressing. Most strangely, they don't serve tap water here (or in many other Dutch restaurants we encountered). It is a cute idea to put up pictures of all the mothers though, and I wish I could try it for dinner to see if the actual cooking is good.

  • 5.0 star rating
    13/1/2013

    Best meal in Amsterdam, hands down. I had the "hotch-potch": A huge helping of mashed potatoes, carrots and onions with bacon, sausage, and a big meatball, all covered with gravy. My girlfriend had the vegetarian version, which basically replaces the meat with a bunch of cheese and vegetables. She loved it. It's definitely not a menu of light fare - it's fatty, filling, comfort food. Wide selection of wines and abbey beers, too.

    The restaurant is very popular and well-known among the locals - we were walking around the nearby neighborhood and had no problem getting directions right to it. Reservations are strongly recommended, though we lucked out because it was just early enough to get a seat before the rush. By the time we left, the place was packed out the door. And rightly so - Moeders definitely lives up to their reputation!

  • 5.0 star rating
    9/4/2012

    I took some friends that were visiting here and it was a great introduction to Dutch food. I love the quirky decor and the staff were friendly.
    The only negative thing was that they won't give you any tap water; that's really ridiculous.
    Prices are average, food delicious. I tried the mixed option where you get a little bit of several Dutch dishes. Will definitely be back!

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/10/2012
    1 check-in

    Having been turned away from one place we were recommended, we set our sights on Moeder's (which we'd practically walked by on our way across town already) for dinner one night when we were in Amsterdam.  There were seven of us, so i risked AT&T's ludicrous roaming charges to give them a call.  As it turns out, Moeder's had a party of seven that seemed to be blowing off a reservation.  So you're saying there's a chance.  

    At any rate, that wasn't good enough for two of our group, but the rest of us trooped on over, the thought of returning our rented beer and wine fast becoming paramount, and as luck would have it, there was in fact a big, empty table in an otherwise full room.  We were seated immediately and began observing the strange decor.  Wall-to-wall photographs of patrons' mothers, including, one friend insisted, a nude one.  i missed that one, probably for the best.

    The specialty seems to be Dutch comfort food, and if you have enough people, you can order up what seems almost to be something akin to an American Thanksgiving dinner, the 'Dutch Rice Dish', which scarcely involves any rice.  Maybe i missed something.  Anyway, the cheerful waitstaff bring out plate after plate of assorted stewed meats, potatoes, and hotchpotch, which is potatoes and meat, but with bacon on top!  

    It's all pretty similar, and i can see why locals are as fond of variety as we Americans are, but it was all tasty and it was a fun place to have a big, hearty dinner.

  • 5.0 star rating
    22/1/2013 Updated review
    Listed in AMS

    Again, and this time we tried out the big rice dish, with different kind of typical dutch sausages, meat, stampott and things like that. You get Suddervlees and Sauerkraut with mashed potatos, which is really delicous. It is a menu for minimum two, but imho you can't eat all the stuff, and that for 19 euro per person.
    And one important hint again: if you want to make sure to have a table, make your reservation. During the evening there were some free tables for about 10 minutes, but they were gone quickly.

    5.0 star rating
    6/9/2012 Previous review
    Went there for dinner yesterday to get some typical dutch food after almost two weeks staying in… Read more
  • 5.0 star rating
    13/1/2012

    Wow, after eating at Moeders, I thought I would never eat again....I was so full and it was SOOOO good!  This place is really, really cool.  I love the colorful interior, the incredibly friendly staff, and the fooooood!  We shared the hapjes (snacks) to start and it was really special:  duck pate, spanikopita, oysters in hollandaise sauce, and a few other treats.  My husband had stampot and I spare ribs which were both excellent (and I appreciated the finger bowl provided for cleaning off sticky fingers after the ribs).  We were so stuffed that for dessert we just went with the special coffee, and that was just awesome.  A HUGE mug of coffee (and yes, I was up all night after but it was WORTH IT) heavily flavored with amaretto (?), and decorated with a pile of whipped cream with mini speculaas cookies on it.  

    I think this is going to be a place that we take our American visitors.  Its really great dutch food served in a fun, bright atmosphere. I highly recommend it!

  • 4.0 star rating
    1/4/2013
    1 check-in

    This place was actually really good.  It is the first ever Dutch restaurant that I went to because some out of towners wanted to go to a Dutch restaurant.  I ended up really liking the food.

    The place is pretty small and decorated kinda cool like an old fashioned "mother's house" might look.  The plates are all different old fashiony looking and is kinda neat that they are not all one standard plate.

    I would probably take other people here when they come to visit if they are looking to try some Dutch food.

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/10/2013

    famous cuz it started in 1990 with mothers bringing plates (still placed on the tables) and photos (still adorn the walls).
    only way to get in here on the weekend is with a reservation.  three course meals 26-30E.
    the salad was actually the most delicious part.  had miss pumpkin with roasted almond, roasted pumpkin, pastrami, baby figs and orange scented dressing.  tasty combo.
    lemon dressed grilled fish from the market = ok
    lobster soup had a strong lobster flavor but not creamy or bisque like
    sampled the braised beef stew, with fries and pheasant.  executed well, nice food and ambiance.  dessert was perfect with mini-curd (excellent), small pancakes (with powdered sugar and honey, fresh) & "speculaas" (spiced biscuit) ice-cream -- little too frozen.

  • 5.0 star rating
    2/12/2013

    Delicious delicious delicious! Amazing dutch food. But it could be very busy at night. Better make a reservation.

  • 5.0 star rating
    28/9/2011
    1 check-in

    Amster- DAM
    This hole in the wall is fabulous. Stumbled in and the place was packed. Looked like reservations are HIGHLY recommended. In spite of this we were able to get seated in about 25 mins.

    Annie 3 course
    Starter entree dessert
    Vegetarian hotspotch
    Chocolate party for dessert.

    If you're visiting amsterdam MUST try!!

  • 5.0 star rating
    8/12/2011

    One of the best meals my wife and I had in our two weeks in Europe. I'm not even sure how we discovered it--it must have been a Lonely Planet recommendation--but I'm really glad we did.

    Our hotel was a one-minute walk from Centraal Station, and Moeder's was a little bit of a ride on the railcar, but the public transit system was so easy to use that it wasn't a difficult trek. Well worth the effort. We got reservations on recommendation from Lonely Planet, and it seemed good that we did, as the tiny, one-room restaurant was packed and bustling. The overall atmosphere was homey, like we were just part of an enormous family that had come over for a home-cooked meal. The pictures of mothers and haphazard dishware that was a mainstay of the restaurant from people bringing them in only enhanced this atmosphere.

    We got the prix fixe, although we were tempted by the Dutch Ricedish, which is a several-course shared meal in which they serve many smaller courses of traditional Dutch fare. For my main course, I ordered the stuffed quail, which was accompanied by a poached Bosc pear, sweet potatoes and a wonderful sauce. It was a very rich and satisfying dish. My wife ordered the vegetarian hotchpotch (Dutch "stamppot") which is an assortment of mashed potatoes, veggies and other homestyle goodness.

    Our trip was several months ago, so I'm having trouble recalling the other parts of the meal EXCEPT... their website is right when it says that carpaccio is one of their classics. It was one of the most memorable individual dishes I had on the entire trip. Ultra-thin beef with fresh chives, pesto and some kind of whipped soft cheese, it was fresh and flavorful, but not overpowering. A must-try if you decide to visit this charming little restaurant.

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