We thought it was about time to feature a new Amsterdam restaurant. So, for our next addition we journey east, southeast to be exact. Far from the city center you will find this restaurant-deli-wine bar hybrid tucked away a short walk from Amstel Station. If you’re looking for a hip, modern dining experience a bit under the radar, this is the place.
You’re able to go to the restaurant on a Friday evening without reservations and without having people practically sitting on top of you. While we love the gezellig Amsterdam, this is definitely a nice change of pace. The decor is very chic and trendy and overall very well packaged and branded. But it must be noted, the location of such a place does seem a bit random, and East57 certainly must find this to be a challenge to attract visitors.
One of the unique features of East57 is that a number of its ingredients are sourced from local farmers and merchants. If you’re into the whole sustainability and eating local thing, this place is definitely for you. Beyond that, the menu is compact, yet diverse as East57 offers a varied selection including: steak, burgers, pasta, chicken tandori and pulled pork. We recommend splitting their platters so that you can try a bit of everything.
Being partly a wine bar, you can be sure there is quite the selection of reds and whites from all over the world. They even had Portuguese wine! If you’re looking for some suggestions or wondering what’s new in stock, the servers are more than willing to give you a hand.
But, we’re all about pushing things to the extreme here at W8H, so let’s get to the main event – the Beast57 steak! Although a bit pricey – 37.95 EUR per person and made for two – it packs quite a punch. It’s 800g of tomahawk steak served up with fries, a baked potato, salad and chimichurri.
In order to warm-up for the beast, we ordered a starter of bread and dips, which featured: baba ganoush, hummus, dukkah and olive oil; again, giving East57 an opportunity to show off its diverse cuisine.
After taking the equivalent of a jog around the block with our appetizer, it was time to roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty. The Beast was tender and flavorful with just the right amount of fat, which was a huge relief because meats of this particular cut and size can sometimes be too fatty; no complaints from the carnivorous palettes here. A part of the meat was a bone, which certainly limited the bang for your buck, but the plethora of sides ensure you’ll leave with a full stomach and a smiling face.
And what’s the best way to cool down after conquering the Beast? With dessert of course! Again, the platter is the way to go. The dessert platter gives a tasty sampling of everything sweet the restaurant has to offer.
Overall, East57 is a quality dining experience and a nice reprieve from what is typically found in the center of Amsterdam and its busy boroughs. Although it may be a bit of a hike (by Amsterdam standards) depending on where you’re coming from, it’s definitely worth experiencing for yourself.
Eerste Ringdijkstraat 2
1097 BC, Amsterdam
+31 (0) 20 207 8078