Amsterdam develops a brunch scene with Staring at Jacob

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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.

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  1. Oh wow, my kind of breakfast, my kind of place! *Books ticket to visit you (hehe!)x

  2. You will love it and yes please do book tickets and come over!! xx

  3. Also, yay, my first comment on my new blog. Thanks hon. x

  4. Years since I went to Amsterdam, this looks like a place to look out for. Popping over from Tasty Tuesday linky

    • Thanks for the comment. So great you popped over from Tasty Tuesdays. Will have a look at all your tantalising recipes as well. Amsterdam is fast developing a brunch scene, it’s mainly due to the Anglo/American/Australian influx of expats opening fantastic brunch places in the city. Staring at Jacob, for example, is owned by an American and British chef. It wasn’t that long ago that we didn’t have restaurants purely catering for brunch.

  5. My brother in law lives in Amsterdam, will def put this on our list of places to visit next time we’re there, looks fabulous. #TastyTuesdays

  6. Oh wow Mama, thanks for linking up. Would love you to join in each week and you can link up as many archive posts as you like today. I want to eat this now! x

  7. Thanks @Tamingtwins for your comment and yes, definitely worth a visit. There are other brunch places over here that I’m probably going to feature on my blog soon. #TastyTuesdays. Love that we’re all linking up through this.

  8. @Honestmum, thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to link up. I’d love to join each week. This is also a great incentive for me to keep on blogging regularly. Yes do come over for some delectable brunch now ;)) xx

  9. Looks yummy! Hubby said about going to Amsterdam soon. I will definitely visit if we do. 🙂

  10. Thanks so much for linking up to #tastytuesdays I am definitely coming to visit you if this is on the menu (and hugs too of course) x

    • Ah, I love linking up to #tastytuesdays, I’ll be there with bells on it every week! Yes, for sure this will be xon the menu when you come over, though, having said that, there are even more scrumptious brunch places to chose from. A few others will hit the blog as well. x

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