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The experience in a nutshell
Type of the event
Number of guests
2 to 6
Time of the event
6:30 PM (3 hours)
The host speaks
Dutch, English & 2 more
A word about the experience
Experience a truly memorable meal overlooking the canals of Amsterdam while swapping stories and listening to music. You'll leave this event feeling like a member of Martine and Olav's family!
• 4-course traditional French - European Bistro dinner • Aperitif, wine, beer, dessert wine, coffee and tea are included • Communal dining for up to 6 people • If your group is 6 people or more: please send us a request. • Over 250 rave reviews on TripAdvisor
About your host, Martine: "My husband Olav and I love cooking and entertaining, and we believe that there are no strangers, just friends we haven't met yet. We decided to sell our well-known French restaurant in Amsterdam and repurposed our passion for hospitality and gastronomy by organizing dining experiences in our own home."
Joy of Life European Bistro Dinner Experience true Joie de Vivre (the joy of life) with us. As a former hostess and cook in our own French restaurant we are now looking forward to receive you at our cosy home and surprise you with a traditional Europan dinner. In this four course dinner event we serve a choice of traditional European dishes. Created from fresh and local ingredients and following the seasons. Aperitif, red and white wine, dessert wine, coffee and tea are included.
A really good and homey meal needs not only time, love and the best of ingredients but also and maybe foremost good company. So let’s sit around the table and enjoy the food. Share stories, listen to good music or even play some yourself. Admire the canal view and watch the boats pass by in one of the oldest parts of the historical city center.
Remember: there are no strangers, just friends we haven’t yet met. No better way than to meet them at our table!
See the menu
Aperitif & Bites
Toast to Friendship House aperitif with selection of Dutch / European bites.
E.g. Rillettes, Pain aioli, Olives, Smoked mackerel on toast, Artisanal sausages, Bruschette....
Starter & Wine E.g. Provencal fish soup, Zucchini soup, Salad with green lentils and fennel sausage, Salade Niçoise, Quiche Lorraine, Salmon quiche....
A fine, fresh, delicious and seasonal dish paired with a glass of good wine.
Classic dish & Wine E.g. Lamb shanks in red wine with seasonal vegetables, Chicken stuffed with mushrooms and sage, Daube de boeuf, Veal escalopes with risotto alla Milanese, Coquelet au pastis au ratatouille, Seabass from oven with antiboise, Pork chops with figs....
Great European dishes, unsurpassed taste. Glass of perfectly paired wine.
Surprise dessert & Dessert wine e.g. Alsatian fruit tart, Pear in red wine with vanilla ice cream, Parfait of Passion fruits & Meringues, etc.
Glass of dessert wine
Coffee or tea.
Red Wine, White Wine, Aperitif, Coffee
What to expect
We had an amazing time with Martine and Olav. They are exceptional hosts. The conversation was comfortable and easy and the food delicious. It was a perfect evening. It was a unique way to see how the locals live and have a fabulous meal. I highly recommend this experience!
Wonderful food, beautiful home and outstanding host. Best experience in my trip. They made my Thanksgiving feel like a family get together.
What a lovely evening! The meal wasn’t sensational and Martine and Olav are wonderful hosts!
You shouldn’t miss an experience like this!!!!
fantastic! Great food and great company - learning about the local culture from Martine and Olav, while trying local food and enjoying the company of the other guests. Highly recommended!