Additions to the Amsterdam dining scene: Mantoe, Umoja and Le Restaurant

Amsterdam has been blessed with a lot of outstanding restaurants opening in the past five years. Once ethnic food meant a choice between Indonesian and bland Chinese food, now we’ve got Moroccan, Thai, Japanese and finally, Afghan cuisine from a new restaurant called Mantoe in the Jordaan. It’s become a neighborhood favorite because the food is amazing and the prices are reasonable.

Another fabulous addition to the dining scene is Le Restaurant, owned by a chef who has received two Michelin stars in previous restaurants where he cooked. If you are craving fresh organic (blessed by the EKO label) food, go to Umoja, which is conveniently located very close to Vondelpark.

2de Leliedwarsstraat 13
1015 TB Amsterdam
+31 20 4216347
Afghan cuisine

Le Restaurant
2de Jan Steenstraat 3
1073 VK Amsterdam
+31 20 379 2207
Classic French from a Michelin-star chef

Amstelveenseweg 154
1075 XM Amsterdam
+31 20 770 6420
Fresh, organic food

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  1. Good picks for new restaurants in Amsterdam!

    Have you tried Blauw on Amstelveenseweg, just a few doors away from Umoja? It’s modern Indonesian food.

    For even more inspiration you might want to check out the list of new restaurants on Dinnersite:

  2. I have not tried Blauw. I tried Blaauw aan de Wal which is one of Ron Blaauw's restaurants. Very good. The location is funny: smack in the middle of the Red Light District. For Dutch restaurant listings, I like