Restaurant Revan: delicious Turkish food in Amsterdam

restaurant revan amsterdam

Ever since I visited Istanbul, I’ve been crazy about Turkish food. I am hunting down good Turkish restaurants wherever I go. Amsterdam has a number of good Turkish places but the recent addition to the dining scene, Restaurant Revan, is fabulous. Better yet, the prices are reasonable. The starters range in price from €4.50-€7.50; main dishes are between €13.50 and €22.50.

For starters you have cold and warm mezze (small plates) which is how you begin a meal in Turkey. I recommend the aubergine dishes (especially the aubergine salad), the stuffed grape leaves and the domates soslu (savoury meatballs in tomato sauce).  I could eat everything from the mezze menu and never even get to the main courses.

Yes, the main courses: the kebabs are all delicious as is the Revan guvec which is a lamb dish with aubergines, tomato sauce, garlic, and green pepper. Vegetarians are well-catered for at Revan: red lentil soup, rucola pomegranate salad and a host of other well-prepared vegetable dishes will not leave you hungry. There’s also a lot for seafood lovers to choose from – try the sardines and the baked fish. For dessert, nothing beats the kunefe, which was my favorite dessert in Istanbul.

Revan is located in de Pijp, a district in Amsterdam with a lot of ethnic restaurants, lively cafes and bars. The vibe is young and happening, unlike the area around the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, which is a bit dull and stuffy.

Restaurant Revan
Van Woustraat 212
1073 NA Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 470 0347

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  1. Interesting! Didn’t know there was an upscale Turkish restaurant on van Woustraat. Most places there are half Italian, half Turkish snackbar.

    But Revan looks great and apparently got a rave 9.5 out of 10 from van Dam! Will have to try!