Sushi & Japanese cocktails at Nooch, Amsterdam
If you're not willing to walk or grab a tram into trendy bustling De Pijp every day you could excuse Amsterdam for being a bit lacking in quirky and cool places to eat as it's dominated by steakhouses and pubs, but if you look hard enough you can find some pretty magical places all over the capital. After a long trawl through Instagram for the hidden gems of Amsterdam's food scene we chanced upon Nooch, an Asian restaurant fusing together Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian and Thai food within a seriously enviable setting that happened to only be a 10 minute walk from our central boutique hotel. The gold lettering, simplistic framed posters, the marble tops and petrol blue velour seating won us over in an instant, creating such a cosy and on trend scene, literally any Instagram addicts dream!
We decided to try their Yoozoo cocktail, a distinctively Japanese inspired blend of Akashi-tai yuzushu (a sweet & sour sake with macerated yuzu fruit), fruity floral hibiscus tonic and Janis bitters, a cocktail we'll definitely be recreating at home because it's a perfect all rounder!
With Nooch being all about fusion food we could of happily eaten here every night as the menu is extensive and we picked out so many things we wanted to try but there's only so much you can eat in one sitting! We decided to follow a mainly Japanese route by choosing a sharing table full of the most delicate fresh sushi, with edamame, dim sum and beef tataki thrown in for good measure. We still ended up in an eyes-bigger-than-your-belly situation as we ordered far too much, but everything sounded so delicious and being sat closest to the kitchen we were tempted by everything making it's way out to the tables.
The stand out had to be the melt in the mouth tuna sashimi, both incredibly rich and delicate at the same time, the beef tataki with a homemade ginger-sesame soy dressing and the super packed steamed shrimp dim sum.
If you're a lover of Asian cuisine this place has to be a must-visit while you're in Amsterdam, if we ever find ourselves back in this lively city we'll certainly be dropping back in!