The Chinese cuisine is as versatile as it is tasty. With the use of many different cooking methods, lots of spices, fresh ingredients, both meat and seafood, it is a favorite all around the world. Read on to find out what the 10 Best Chinese Restaurants in Amsterdam are. From a quick bite to fine dining!
Sea Palace: Chinese cuisine at its best
When arriving in Amsterdam from Central Station you’ll be able to see the iconic Sea Palace restaurant situated on the water. The floating beauty is one of the best known Chinese restaurants in town, not only because of the impressive building but more so because of the exquisite food they serve. Their menu is based on shared dining, with lots of specialties from the Cantonese cuisine. Next to that their Beijing duck, hot pot and seafood dishes are a favorite amongst many of their regular customers. The restaurant offers an amazing view over the Amsterdam canals and has 3 floors, seating up to a whopping 650 people! It’s the perfect spot for any celebration or dining with big groups.
If you are looking for fine dining and fancy Chinese food, FuLu Mandarijn is the place to go. For over 40 years they have been located in the heart of the city, serving authentic Chinese Sichuan cuisine. Their chefs combine local ingredients with imported spices to create the best in flavors and textures. The Sichuan kitchen originates form the Southwestern region of China and is widely served across China and all over the world as well. Its known for its distinct cooking methods, rich flavors and the use of the Sichuan pepper. The menu at FuLu Mandarijn is based on shared dining, with dishes that are both delicate as they are spiced. Think of dry-fried chicken leg filet, thin pork belly and amazing stone potted sea bass. Next to that you’ll find a selection of glamorous cocktails using Dutch spirits and traditional Asian elements.
Nam Kee: a household name in Amsterdam
Nam Kee has been a household name in Amsterdam when it comes to Chinese food for years. Located in the heart of De Pijp district, this is your go to for a quick lunch or after shopping dinner. Don’t expect a fancy interior, but if you’re looking for genuine flavors this is the place to be. On the menu you’ll find an amazing selection of dishes. From seafood to stir fries and dim sum to soups. Two favorites are the Wan Tan Soup and the Sesame Shrimp toast as an entree. From the mains you should not miss out on the Crispy pork and the Fried Sole. Combine that with side dishes like mihoen and Chinese Broccoli and you’ll be in for a treat!
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The best dim sum in town: Oriental City Amsterdam
A fan of Dim Sum? Head over to Oriental City for their famous Dim Sum lunch! Located in the Red Light District, you’ll find this authentic Cantonese restaurant with some of the best Dim Sum in town. There might be a small waiting line, but that’s totally worth it. Next to the lunch, they serve traditional Cantonese cuisine and spicy Szechuan dishes. Stir fries, deeply flavored crab and roasted peking duck. They have it all!
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Peking duck & more at Ron Gastrobar Oriental
Ron Gastrobar Oriental is often mentioned as the best place in town to get Peking Duck. So although this is not a typical Chinese place it does belong on the Best Chinese Restaurants in Amsterdam list. Their menu offers Asian fusion shared dining dishes with lots of gastronomic surprises. The Pe King Hau Ngap comes with hoisin sauce and buns, with either a whole or half duck. But besides that there are lots of other dishes you should not miss out on. The Pork belly, with sweet sour sauce and green apple is a feast for your tastebuds. Accompany your food with one of their tasty cocktails or a good glass of wine for a perfect dining experience.
Tasty and affordable: New King
After a long day of sightseeing and/or shopping New King is the perfect spot to satisfy your cravings. Situated in the middle of the Red Light District, this restaurant offers the best of the Mandarin cuisine. Their extensive menu offers anything from seafood to noodles, meats and vegetarian dishes. Pick your base: noodles, white or fried rice and pair that with the toppings of your liking. Beef with vegetables and oyster sauce, Seabass in sweet sour sauce and Shrimps with Hung Lak are just a few of the tasty options. Side dishes worth to mention are their Crispy Shrimps and Chicken Saté. And the best part is that it’s super affordable!
Michelin quality dining at Sichuan Food
Sichuan Food was one of the first restaurants offering the Chinese kitchen to receive a Michelin Star in Europe. So if you’re looking for a fine dining experience, this is the place to be! On the menu you’ll find dishes like Lobster, Lamb and Oysters, all prepared with traditional Sichuan cuisine methods. Expect complex and deep flavors by the use of lots of spices. One dish to not miss out on is their peking duck. It comes with thin pancakes, delicate garnishes and a thick rich sauce. Their perfect service will make this into a dining experience you will remember.
Asian Tapas: De Hu’s
De Hu’s is located in the Jordaan district and makes for a perfect lunchbreak spot. In 2018 it was rewarded as one of the best restaurants in Amsterdam by Tripadvisor. All the more reason to pay them a visit! The family-run restaurant offers Pan-Asian style dishes, with a shared dining focus so you can try several different dishes. It might be difficult for you to choose here, since everything on the menu looks good. A few of our favorites are the Fried Spicy Tuna Balls, Hand Pulled Beef Buns and the Stir Fried Softshell Crab. But whatever you pick here, it will be tasty.
Chi Sushi & Bites: where China and Japan meet
At Chi Sushi & Bites the Japanese and Chinese cuisine meet. This restaurant combined the two kitchens and turned it into a surprising culinary sensation. Their sushi for example, is prepared with traditional Chinese spices and sauces. Or how about the Salmon Sashimi with Szechuan sauce? Oh, and last but not least, their Peking Duck is truly delicious!
It’s all in the name: Dim Sum Now
Dim Sum Now is located near the famous Amsterdam Albert Cuyp Market and offers a beautiful selection of Dim Sum dishes. The chefs work with fresh, wholesome ingredients for the tastiest result using steaming methods to cook them. The menu consists of Dumplings (steamed), Gyoza’s (steamed and grilled) and a few specials like a delicious BBQ bun with roasted chicken. Wether you’re a lover of seafood, meat or rather go vegetarian: they have enough options for all!
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We hope you enjoy all that the city has to offer when it comes to Chinese Restaurants in Amsterdam. For more on food, like the best Japanese restaurants or the best places to go for a Poké Bowl, browse our website!
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