Posted on: May 28, 2014
This post was last updated on the 26 March 2020.
Update: Unfortunately restaurant Anna has closed its doors. This high-end restaurant was not profitable enough to maintain in this part of Amsterdam.
Our long-standing wish was granted: We had a 5-course dinner at Restaurant Anna, which is considered to serve high standard food for a fair price. This is the kind of restaurant you definitely wouldn’t expect in the middle of the Red Light District and therefore even more worth the visit! During our tours we always walk by restaurant Anna.
Restaurant Anna is situated in between the Warmoesstraat and the Old Church Square, in what is the oldest part of Amsterdam. When you approach this fancy restaurant, the classic entrance is eye-catching, with it’s curved, moss-green painted window-frames, in stark contrast to the strip club next to it. When we entered the restaurant, we were led to our table by a very friendly waiter. As we walked, we passed by the open kitchen which is situated in the middle of restaurant Anna. We were amazed by the fact that all the chefs took the time to welcome us. Our table was placed at the back of the restaurant, so we had an amazing view of the dazzling urban life that the Red Light District has to offer.
To stimulate the appetite we were served with a very fresh and healthy appetiser consisting of a piece of grilled courgette in a fresh sauce of red paprica with a crunch on top.
After the appetiser, our glasses were filled with a nice white wine to accompany the first dish. This was of Albocore tuna with cantaloupe (kind of melon), pomegranate, fried goat cheese and black olive ice cream. The tuna was just incredibly tender and tasteful. The combination of the sweet taste of the cantaloupe and the bitter black olive ice cream made it a very well balanced and extraordinary starter. Furthermore, the dish matched my blouse extremely well 😉
The starter: Albocore tuna with cantaloupe, pomegranate, fried goat cheese and black olive ice cream.
After this delicious dish we proceeded the dinner with the second dish. The stingray wing was served on a lemon risotto with butter and green peas. The dish was delightful and well portioned.
Second dish: Stingray wing, lemon risotto, butter and green peas.
Before every dish was being served, our glasses were replaced by a new accompanying wine for the next dish. The waiters were well informed about the taste and background of each wine which enriched the whole culinary experience. We proceded with the third dish: Crispy pork belly, palm sugar, lychee and onion.
Because I’m a big fan of pork belly, I had high expectations of this dish. And they were met! The pork belly was extremely crispy on the outside, and soft and juicy (as it should be..) on the inside. The lychees and palm sugar brought the sweet taste of the pork meat to a higher level and the crispy onion was a nice contrast with the softness of the belly.
Then the time had come for the main course. We got lamb with peach, white asparagus, mousseline and a cute edible flower. As with the pork belly, the lamb was also extremely tender with a nice layer of fat to keep the meat juicy. Like the other dishes, the main course matched the summer season very well because it contained a fruity detail as well (the peach).
The dessert consisted of a strawberry bavarois with fresh strawberries, mint and champagne sorbet. For me, the mint overpowered the sweet taste of the strawberries a bit, but still, it was a light and tasty dessert to finish the dinner with.
Altogether, we had an amazing evening in a beautiful restaurant in the middle of the Red Light district. The standard of food was high and the service very professional, all for a very reasonable price. If you’re planning a romantic evening with your partner in the oldest district of Amsterdam, restaurant Anna is the right place!
Combine a visit to this restaurant with one of the wackiest tours around the world. Join our Red Light District Tours and let a local guide show you the best, hidden places in the area. During our tours we’ll pass by restaurant Anna so if you’d like you could have a bite there afterwards. Our tours are fun, interesting and healthy!
If you want, we can make a reservation for you.
Or, contact Restaurant Anna yourself: