I love discovering restaurants that are off the beaten track and really good. The other day I found this Portuguese restaurant in Amsterdam; Restaurant Girassol. It is the oldest Portuguese restaurant in the Netherlands, and only a stone throw away from the Amstel Station, the Philips Corporate Headquarter and the Hogeschool Amsterdam. The day I went, I was lucky enough to have summery weather and to eat on the large outside terrace right on the Amstel canal. However, the decor of the restaurant is what really drew me to this hidden gem. The interior is so charming with Portuguese tiles, wicker lamps, and tastefully blue accents and accessories. The menu is packed with typical Portuguese dishes like Bacalao and Portuguese chicken. Also try their home made ice tea on a sultry day, it’s so refreshing and sweet! They are open for lunch and dinner.
Restaurant Girrasol – has after 35 years permanently closed as of February 2019. The owners have retired. On the location, a new restaurant will open, led by the sons of the owners.