Hummus Bistro d&a
On our second Saturday night here, my husband and I took a stroll from our hotel in city center to Hummus Bistro d&a. From start to finish, the night was one to remember because of the scenery and food!
To get there, we had to walk through the Jordaan neighborhood at night, and wow, it was beautiful on top of romantic and serene! The streets were empty, and the air was crisp after a short rainfall no more than an hour ago.
The Jordaan neighborhood is the neighborhood I read about before moving to Amsterdam and had my heart set on living in. But sadly, on one salary, it’s out of our reach– we’ll always be on the outside looking in. Luckily, it’s only a walk or tram away from most locations in Amsterdam. It’s such a manageable sized walking (and biking) city!
For you New Yorkers out there, I equate Jordaan to the West Village of New York, but it’s even more picturesque (I wonder how many times that word will appear in my blog…) with its historic buildings, overgrown greens & intertwined canals.
This is one of those nights I wish I had my camera on me, but iPhone, you get the job done too.
After a 15 minute walk through my favorite neighborhood for eye candy in Amsterdam, we reached our destination, Hummus Bistro d&a, and I immediately fell in love with the decor. It has a rustic feel with simple accents so it’s not so overdone. We’re in the midst of furniture shopping for our new place, and there were about ten things I wanted from that restaurant: the table, chairs, lighting, cabinet, etc. But alas, we were really here for the food.
My husband and I ordered:
- Shakshuka (baked eggs with an herby tomato sauce– for a lack of better words)
- Hummus with grilled eggplants
- Baba Ganoush (eggplant)
- Arabic salad (cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, parsley)
The shakshuka and hummus were so spot on, and I would definitely order those two again. My husband lived in Israel a few times in his life and is so picky about restaurant made hummus, which is why I never attempt to make hummus at home, but he really loved Hummus Bistro d&a’s hummus. #win This hummus is creamy and flavorful, and pairs so well with the toasted, soft and chewy whole wheat pita they serve.
As for the shakshuka, two eggs are baked in a dish smothered with a mildly spicy and lots of fresh herbs tomato sauce. Again, pairing so well with their pita. Pita is life.
I liked how fresh the Arabic salad was. It was a good counter balance to the heavily spiced food like the Shakshuka. I would prefer that the veggies be diced into larger pieces though, not minced so tiny! I’d order it again though.
I normally LOVE Baba Ganoush but I didn’t like theirs. Well, I liked the first bite but any thereafter was to much. It was incredibly smokey, and for some reason, I couldn’t help but think about Cracker Barrel. It was just too bitter to eat all the way. I wasted food. I’m sorry.
Along with all the other food, this restaurant gives you side salads in cute, petite dishes. There’s a variety of carrots, cabbage, a spicy sauce and preserved lemons. Put that sht on everythang.
Would I go back to this restaurant? Yes! You can get full on delicious food for 15 euros or less per person.
If I went back, I’d order again: the Shakshuka, Hummus & Arabic Salad
I would avoid: the Baba Ganoush
Tip: This restaurant takes credit but if you have a foreign card, their machine might not accept it meaning you’ll have to walk 4 minutes to the nearest ATM. Bring cash just in case!
For other places to eat in Amsterdam, check this post out.