We went for some takeaway food to Olive and Cookie and it was delicious! The lady took the time to explain each dish and told us it would take a little while to heat up some of the dishes as she heats everything up either in the oven or in pans. As we went fairly early, there was a lot of choice. There were dishes such as the polenta tart with sundried tomatoes and peppers, pancakes filled with truffle, ricotta and walnut and a lasagne made with bread (really lovely, my description is rubbish!). We also had the chocolate cheesecake which was an indulgent treat. The food and the service were great. It can take a little time to get your food, but it's definitely worth waiting for. It's a small place and there's only one large table in there though. When we went, all the dishes were vegetarian.
This is a very unassuming little place tucked away on a side street. There is just one large table inside but most people were getting take away when I was there. The quality of the food is incredible - far better than you might expect from the simple setting. There is a strong temptation to try a bit of everything and you can pick exactly how much you want of each dish you want when you place your order. As another review says, the tarts are the real speciality (I tried the polenta and sundried tomato one). The prices are by weight for most things and very reasonable. Everything was vegetarian when I went.
Really this place is vegetarian with a fish dish every so often. Calling it "veg friendly" is misleading. Amsterdam has a horrible trend in "casual eating" where all the food is put out and what you order is then microwaved in front of you (often in plastic containers) ie foodware, Uliveto, Today's Italian, and many more. At least Olive and Cookie reheats the food stovetop or in the oven. The food itself is high quality. The husband and wife team (only one works at a time while the other is with their child) are very sweet and part of the neighborhood (have seen the husband out teaching their kid how to ride a bike). A little on the expensive side (not super expensive but for me I can't eat there too often) but mainly because you want to try multiple things. Quite possibly the best appeltaart in Amsterdam, despite every cafe making an attempt at appeltaart, it usually lacks everything. The roasted root vegetables are great, but easily duplicated at home. The savory tarts are the best part (pear and goat cheese; polenta and sundried tomato, etc) and worth trying.
At Olive and Cookie, the food is simply fantastic ! Freshly cooked,tasty dishes of mediterranean, asian or european inspiration that can vary from day to day. The kind of recipes you would love to try at home. The chef obviously loves his work. He takes the time to explain each dish if asked. The restaurant itself is very small. Simple but warm decoration.Don't come there if you are in a hurry. A sign mentions "take it slow" and the chef means it. My advice : try a big plate with a little of everything. You won't regret your visit at Olive and Cookie, it's a must !
The food is delicious and inexpensive. The food is all vegetarian except for an occasional fish dish. The chocolate cake is fantastic! They only make so much food each day so go early for the best selection.
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