Bistro style with a twist at Le Petit — Image courtesy of Your Little Black Book / Anne de Buck
Amsterdam has a vibrant restaurant culture. Over the past few years, good restaurants in hotels have also become increasingly popular with the local population. They have one big advantage over other restaurants: the staff there are highly qualified and it’s all about service. One of the best new restaurant ventures in Amsterdam is Le Petit Bistro at Sofitel’s Hotel The Grand Amsterdam. This restaurant is located in the Bridges restaurant in a semi-detached part of the restaurant overlooking the beautiful inner courtyard.
Hotel The Grand is a very luxurious hotel located near Dam square and Nieuwmarkt. The building was once Amsterdam’s town hall, and during the renovation they even discovered a painting by Cobra artist Karel Appel. At Le Petit Bistro you feel a piece of France on the banks of the canals.
The Le Petit Bistro concept is a French-style bistro. Chef Joris Bijdendijk is responsible for the food concept and cuisine. Did you know that Joris Bijdendijk is the youngest Michelin-starred chef in Amsterdam? He is an excellent chef who made sure that The Grand in Amsterdam won its first Michelin star for its Bridges seafood restaurant. He is also active in the Dutch slow food movement and loves to work with only the best and local ingredients. The style of food is French, very French!
On the menu at Le Petit Bistro in Amsterdam, you will find dishes from Lobster Thermidor to a wonderful Steak Tartare. They also offer a special bistro menu with three choices for €36.50. On the menu, you can choose between two starters and two main courses. All meals can be ordered separately. For starters, Le Petit Bistro offers some great seafood options. This eatery is also great for a small bite with just a drink.
Delicious lobster thermidor – Image courtesy of Your Little Black Book / Anne de Buck
The interior of Le Petit Bistro is cozy and warm. It is not a traditional bistro style but a modern interior with a bistro twist. Think very trendy leather chairs with marble round tables.
Le Petit Bistro overlooks the courtyard of The Grand Hotel. In warm weather, you can have a cocktail there. The terrace is shared by the restaurant Birdges, where you can enjoy fine dining from a Michelin-starred chef. Le Petit Bistro is a more affordable concept. It’s good to know that your dinner is cooked by the same staff, so you know the food at Le Petit Bistro is great.