Friday, June 7, 2019

De Foodhallen

De Foodhallen is a large food hall in Amsterdam. It was not near our hotel, so it was a bit of a trek, but SP really wanted to go. So we did.
Basically, huge room with tables in the middle, surrounded by various food stands. Something for everyone. Plus beverages:
Sadly, I don't drink gin. Nor beer. Nor carbonated beverages. And I didn't want wine. Or any alcohol. So it was quite a feat for SP to return with some water. I'm not sure why, but he said he had a really hard time finding some. I wish there had been a coffee/tea stand. I'm probably the only person who wishes that.
Here's what we ate:

We started with Bitterballen from De Ballenbar.
We got cheese ones and they were delicious.
Then we moved on to Asian:
We tried Porky Pork Gyoza from Dim Sum Thing:
These gyoza were just how I like them. Not a thick, doughy mess with mystery meat inside. Delicious thin dough with pork filling, pan-fried.
In an effort to eat "real food" and not "snack food" we shared a Grilled Portabella sandwich from, I think, Padron:
I don't really like portabella like this and I guess SP forgot when I asked him to go find something with vegetables. He said he couldn't find a salad like what I wanted, so he thought this as the best vegetable option. It was OK.
 The last food we ate was a plate of Spanish ham, cheese, and olives from Jabugo Bar Iberico .
I let SP choose. I was too tired to figure out what I wanted.
This is what he brought back to the table:
I left both photos in the post because I think the top one is blurry, but the bottom one is dark & SP's shadow looms over the plate. Same phone, same table, just different photos.
It was yummy. It was too many olives for me. SP rose to the challenge and ate every last olive. The meats were delicious as were the cheeses.

Here's the thing: we ate a lot of different food, but didn't feel especially full, nor satisfied, and we spent a lot of money. That always seems to be the case when we eat at a food hall-like place. But what we did eat was yummy. We have decided that maybe the food hall concept just isn't for us. That being said, if you're staying near Foodhallen, definitely check it out, but I'm not sure that with all the other food places in Amsterdam that I'd make the trip back to Foodhallen. Especially since, as it turned out, the tram we planned to take back towards the hotel stopped running for the day about 10 minutes before we got to the tram stop. Since we must take into account accessible trams and tram stops, this complicated things and we then had to walk 10-15 minutes to another tram stop, catch a tram for just 1-2 stops, then walk another 10-15 minutes to the hotel.

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