It has been a very long time coming. Brunch in Amsterdam, more than a regular toasted sandwich, standard omelet or croissant with orange juice and coffee. It was high time for a restaurant that actually serves a full plate of soul food around midday. The increasing influence of anglo chefs relocating to Amsterdam from cities like London and New York though, has finally paved the way for a decent brunch scene. Staring at Jacob, opened a month ago and is co-owned by an American chef from New York who used to work in Michelin star restaurants. He also co-owns a fabulous French style bistro in Amsterdam, which I shall feature on the blog soon.
Staring at Jacob serves healthy and delicious Californian inspired breakfast classics. I tried the aptly named Benny Hill, which consisted of two poached eggs, an English muffin, smoked avocado and hollandaise sauce. Delish! And even though I went on their opening day and it was packed to the gills, as I expect it will be for some time, the staff remained friendly and welcoming. A longer wait was compensated with a free mimosa, what’s not to like. The ambiance is laid back, albeit, the restaurant could be a bit bigger to meet the expected demand.