Restaurant Review: de Palmboom
Shortly after arriving in the amazingly charming and friendly city of Amsterdam, Gwen and I realized we had not done sufficient research to find a good dinner restaurant for the evening, and our hunger was quickly catching up with us. Feeling slightly lazy, we opted to eat in the restaurant our hotel offered: De Palmboom. It had a lovely atmosphere, with warm lighting and classy table settings, seeming like a perfectly lovely option with a nice, not over-priced menu. We couldn't have made a better decision for our first night in town. We shared basically the entire meal, because all of the same items seemed to capture our attention. Beginning with the pumpkin soup, which was the most delectable soup I've ever tasted. Rich and decadent in pumpkin flavor, and drizzled with a dash of truffle oil, this soup warmed our hearts on our first night in one of our favorite new cities, and came with a cheesy breadstick alongside that made it even more enjoyable. For entrees, Gwen ordered the pumpkin ravioli and I ordered the mushroom risotto and we split them half and half. Both came with arugula sprinkled on top as well as an array of crunchy topping. We agreed after devouring each yummy, perfectly sized dish, that they were both packed with interesting flavors and were both a little spicy as well, which we were not expecting. Nevertheless, they both wowed us as wonderful pasta dishes considering we were nowhere near Italy. To finish up, we took our pick of the "sweet bread" off the dessert menu, mainly because it sounded so interesting and different from anything we'd had before. When it arrived it definitely proved itself to be different. It was a roll of fluffy bread wrapped around a fruity, nougaty center that was a pretty pink color, served with a medley of berries and a rich chocolate ice cream. Every bite was wonderful, as was the entire meal. And just like every other Amsterdam native we encountered (not including the security guards at the airport), the staff was extremely friendly and warm, making us feel right at home instantly in Amsterdam. This restaurant is definitely worth traveling to if you find yourself in Amsterdam, even if you're not staying right at the hotel it is housed in!