It was a special occasion and I needed a place to celebrate a special meal with a very special person. It was by fluke, that I stumbled upon the fact that Chef Ryan Clark, formerly of the Bistro 326, had resurfaced at the Amsterdam Café and was the creative architect behind its new dinner service. Upon checking out their menu online, I quickly concluded that I wanted Chef Clark to prepare that special meal for us. Let me cut to the chase and tell you right away that Chef Clark exceeded all our expectations by creating a culinary masterpiece that did not disappoint.
What intrigued me most about the menu was that it a harmonious combination of European and Asian cuisines, in particular the Dutch delicacies and the Indonesian influence on Dutch cuisine. Let the Eating begin!!
As appetizers, we ordered the Beef Kroketten (Dutch croquettes served with Dutch mustard & mayonnaise, artisan lettuce, tomato.) and Cheese Paté (Blend of cream cheese, chive aioli, red curry, and a hint of garlic, topped with mango chutney and toasted almonds, served with buttered melba’s for spreading). What an amazing way to start a dinner, the Beef Kroketten were truly delectable and the Cheese Paté was sweet, spicy and savoury. Chef Ryan sent to our table complimentary Strawberry Sorbet as a palate cleansers and we really appreciated his thoughtfulness. Our now tantalizedpalate yearned for our mains next.
My main was the Black Thai Prawn Dinner, which consisted of 10 Bamboo skewered perfectly cooked Black Tiger Prawns, Asian vegetables, a delicious Penang curry sauce on black Thai rice, and toasted naan bread. I loved every bit of it and wished I could have had more of the curry sauce. I very much enjoyed the chewy texture of the black rice and the scrumptious Penang curry. iLove2Shop loved her Schnitzel but was kind enough to save some for me. I guess, that’s our secret to a happy relationship.
We were one of three tables that occupied the restaurant so I guess not many are aware that Amsterdam Restaurant is now open for dinner and that Chef Ryan Clark calls its kitchen his home. But I suspect this will change as word gets around in Kamloops. Not only was the food first class, our server was phenomenal and the prices were very reasonable. I have always maintained that good food does not have to be expensive and Amsterdam Restaurant gives proof to that. Well done Chef Ryan Clark, welcome back.