When you lived in Amsterdam long enough, it becomes harder and harder to convince yourself to go out in the center or in the trendy neighbourhoods, especially during the weekend. It’s just too busy, and you simply don’t feel like asking for permission – every two minutes or so – to move along the sidewalk or to cross the street. It becomes even more complicated when you feel like eating something, as all the seats are already taken.
Today was one of those days when, soon before lunch, I wanted to go out for a little walk – in spite of the pouring rain – yet I wanted some peace. We also needed to do some grocery shopping, and we were starting to feel hungry for lunch. This is how Landmarkt, the market plus restaurant in Amsterdam Noord, came to mind. It proved to be an excellent idea.
Situated just across the river IJ, as you come from Amsterdam East, Landmark is surrounded by nature – like you are in the countryside – and feels so welcoming.
We grabbed a shopping basket, added some items to it, but then we saw the restaurant. We decided to stop for lunch and continue the shopping afterwards. Taking our half full basket and placing it under the table seemed like a very natural thing to do, and I was happy to see we were not the only ones to do so.
The lunch itself was a very pleasant surprise. Everything tasted delicious. At De Proeverij – the name of the restaurant within the market – they take pride in using the same ingredients they sell. We had green bean soup with croutons and mint, and two sandwiches that we shared between ourselves: grilled goat cheese with beetroot, nuts, and pesto, and, the other one, salmon with cream cheese and green onion. As we say in Romanian, we licked our fingers – that’s just how good the food was!
By the time we finished lunch, the sun came out. However, as we were going to find out soon after we left the Landmark – grocery shopping completed – the miracle didn’t last long. We were caught in yet another round of pouring rain, our feet soaking wet. But the again, it was all worth it. 🙂