Friday, 8 August 2014

Nieuw Amsterdam

Nieuw Amsterdam is a sophisticated bar and restaurant in the CBD serving mouth-watering American food. We dropped by for lunch and headed upstairs to the restaurant. The interior was dark and mysterious with exposed brick walls and a marble topped bar. We did not have a booking but it wasn’t a problem as there were a few tables available.


The lunch menu consists of dishes such as ‘New York Clam Chowder with leeks, bacon, potatoes and clam veloute ($21.00)’ and the ‘Baked Eggplant Sandwich with sumac onions, fresh mozzarella, basil and olive oil ($14.00)’.


I thought I would try a ‘BBQ Meat Tray ($22.00) served with cabbage salad, mash and gravy, pickles, bread and sauce’. Out of the three options of beef brisket, spiced chicken, or pork belly chops, I chose the beef brisket. So full of flavour! The brisket was tender and smoky, the potato purée was rich and creamy, and the house made bread was perfect for mopping up the burly sauce. I especially loved the cabbage salad with the crispy shallots. I could have had a big bowl of it.
BBQ Meat Tray with beef brisket

My dining companion picked the ‘Nieuw Reuben: BBQ beef brisket, sauerkraut, pickles, cheese, Sriracha mayo ($16.00)’. What a massive meal! The sandwich was delicious but the accompanying salad was a bit too salty. The Rueben also came with some brilliant chips that were crisp and fluffy. I did manage to steal a few...
Nieuw Reuben

Most of the staff were friendly and efficient but one of the waitresses was quite gruff and lethargic. Perhaps she was still suffering the effects of a late night... If I had room for dessert, I would have loved to try the ‘Pumpkin Donuts with Kentucky bourbon cream ($12.00)’. The food at Nieuw Amsterdam was both hearty and comforting and I am keen to try their dinner menu and possibly a cocktail or two...

Address: 106-112 Hardware Street, Melbourne, VIC

Phone: 03 9602 2111

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