Thursday Treat: Chow

Chow_food1Eating out with friends is one of our favorite activities to usher in the weekends, and we often end up in one of the many hip and happening venues our hometown has to offer. We have a penchant for Asian food, though most of the Asian cuisine on offer is similar. Except for Chow.

This Pan-Asian restaurant is of a different caliber. Previously the old building was the tasting room of Bols (the very famous Dutch juniper drink), then it housed a Spanish tapas restaurant for years, and in August 2013 this new gem landed here. Instead of transforming the interior adding Asian props and such, owner Casper Reinders made sure it became eclectic, channeling his own taste in interior decoration which is characterized as ‘out of the box’ (he’s a true collector of antiques and curiosities). Unexpected details grab the attention like the snake skeleton in the midst of the main dining area. Greyish washed tones in combination with the vintage wooden furniture make a mysterious yet cosy ambiance.Chow_3

The venue is spacious and divided over three levels. When entering, the first thing you see is the bar. Straight to the right is the private dining room. Opposite of the bar is one of the three general dining areas. The stairs right behind the private dining room take you to the largest area. Downstairs, left from the entrance and behind the bar’s glass wall is the main dining area and kitchen.

And now the food. As eclectic as the venue itself. The menu works like this: first there’s a range of smaller dishes to choose from as a starter or shared dining, then there are main courses and desserts. We had the following:

Beef Watermelon Sashimi
Crispy Funky Tuna
Shrimp Tempura Hot Sauce

Vietnamese vongole
Blackened Tuna “Koikuchi” Soya

We didn’t order dessert because we preferred to have a cocktail. Chow also serves cocktails, and the mixologist comes to your table to tell you what’s on the cocktail menu. One of our faves is the Pornstar Martini (excusez the name). The latter and a bottle of Stella Maris still water accompanied our dishes that were finger-licking good! The vongole was a tad on the salty side, but that’s hardly a complaint as the crispy and sweet sugar snaps managed to balance it. There’s a lot more to taste the next time we visit -including one or two desserts- but two dishes definitely stood out: the Shrimp Tempura (addictive!) and the Blackened Tuna.

Rozengracht 106
+31 (0)20 624 57 52

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