I'm looking for some recommendations for inexpensive but good restaurants in central Amsterdam. Thanks.
Define what is "inexpensive" to you in terms of Euros spent per person for a dinner entree. 10 Euros? 20? 40? It helps narrow things down before anyone starts rattling off names of places that fall outside of your budget. Any particular cuisine you really want and/or don't want? Don't want to recommend a seafood joint if you can't stand fish, or a place that's heavy on meat dishes if you are a vegetarian.
There are two excellent chains which provide good value for money, both have a "marketplace" format whereby you order from a counter and the food is prepared in front of you. The German chain Vapiano does pizza and pasta, and has two locations at Rembrantsplien, and the city library near Centraal Station. The other is La Place at the V&D department store at Muntsplien, it has a bigger and more varied sel-ect-ion of food items, more seating, and is open from breakfast to 8pm or so. Across the street from La Place is the city's first Marks & Spenser grocery outlet opened just a couple months ago, which has lots of prepared food which can be heated up elsewhere.
My husband and I have found that the best deal in town is at the public library. It has a fabulous cafeteria, serving a wide variety of fresh cold and hot foods. We ducked into the library on a rainy Amsterdam day and had a filling meal for only 10 euros. It also has a large room with computers for internet access.
That cafeteria at the library is another branch of the La Place chain I talked about in my previous post.
Thanks for the replies. The restaurants I have looked at online seem to be very expensive, so that's why I am looking for modertly-priced restaurants. By that I meant meal prices around 20 euros. Am open to any type of cuisine.
I wouldn't worry about finding an inexpensive place to eat. They abound. Just about any bar will serve at least a bun and sausage. We have walked from Sud, the museum district up to the central train station twice and have never gone hungry. Part of the travel experience is finding places to eat and drink. Most are worth the money and interesting.
Eetcafé Compaenen, Nassaukade 379 (bistro dining with a good bar) Los Pilones, Eerste Anjeliersdwarsstraat 6, (Jordaan neighborhood - Mexican) Singel 101 Restaurant, 101 Singel Brasserie Keyzer, Van Baerlestraat 96 (across from Stedelijk Museum & Concertgebouw - a little higher than your 20 Euro average at dinner but their lunchtime prices are much lower if you want to have your main meal mid-day in between visiting the museums). Van Gogh Museum and FOAM (photography museum) - both offer dinner entrees on the nights they stay open late for 10 to 12 Euro in their cafes.
Tassen Museum Hendrikje - great afternoon tea of sandwiches, scones and sweets in beautiful dining room for 20 Euro.
If you enjoy Chinese food this one is a must near Dam Square. I went 3 times when I was there last year , and it was excellent. Golden Chopsticks http://www.goldenchopsticks.nl/