We’ve been regulars at the Foodhallen for years and we can honestly say we personally contributed to their growth (cheers to us). So when we found out at the end of last year that a similar concept was coming to Amsterdam we were absolutely stoked. The opening was majestic and we heard great reviews all over town. We decided to wait for the first buzz to blow over before we gladly went to test and review it ourselves. And it didn’t cease to amaze us.
First of all we love the location, quite different from the Foodhallen of course The Food Department is right in the centre of Amsterdam. Although we were a little scared of all the tourists that might attract, it turned out to be perfect. We really think the Magna Plaza has always been a little underestimated, but bringing The Food Department in on the second floor of this historic building totally lifted its spirits.
We went to The Food Department on a public holiday and even then the amount of visitors was pleasant. Just the perfect balance of a vibrant vibe but not having to wait in line for your food. So now we got to that, let’s talk about the food. We like that The Food Department is a combination of both existing Amsterdam based restaurants and new food concepts. Naturally we had to try out lots of different flavours, so here we go:
As fervent Asia travellers our first stop had to be something Asian to bring us back to that taste.
We chose China Supreme’s Beijing style Jian Bing. It’s a crepe filled with savoury ingredients that has a vegetarian option as well. We really loved the spiciness of the crepe and the crunch of the fresh lettuce.