kermis (455) The Hague / Amsterdam , Netherlands | October 31, 2016
I went here before several years ago but decided to revisit and finally review the place. It’s certainly restaurant first over beer place, and has changed now in that you pick one of three themes out of sharing food, a four course menu and a three course menu. What you choose dictates where you sit and the four course got us a ridiculously kitsch table with over the top cutlery and theming. It’s slow paced and the food is good while not being in any way exceptional. Beer selection is solid non-surprising Belgians but I was happy to have a Cuvée Rene and Rodenbach grand cru with the food. Value is average, not cheap but still not bad for four courses in central Amsterdam. Service was decent if you accept that it’s not a place to go for a quick meal.
Bierrestaurant dat zich geheel richt op de Belgische brouwkunst. Op zich een mooie kaart, maar zonder enige verrassingen, wij hadden vier gangen diner met bijpassend bierarrangement, dat was best doordrinken. Eten was van goede kwaliteit, maar dat mag ook wel voor dit geld. Zeker leuk om een keer te bezoeken en een lekker biertje te drinken bij het eten. Bierkaart mag wel een beetje verfrist worden.
So-called Belgian restaurant located next to Arendsnest. Cosy interior alright (apart from the hideous toilets) but in terms of beer, there is nothing to be seen here for the experienced beer afficionado: the Belgian beers used here, are fairly well-known, though the presence of Troudabour Imperial Stout as an accompaniment to dessert did surprise me a bit. Being Belgian myself, I was surprised to find that apart from the beer selection, there is hardly anything genuinely Belgian about this: I have frequented hundreds of Belgian restaurants from Ostend to the Ardennes, but I have never seen a kitchen roll stand on a dining table, nor have I ever seen cutlery presented in a mug... The food in itself was good, even more so in relation to the reasonable pricing, but in this respect too, I think replacing e.g. the risotto by Flemish stew would lend the place a more Belgian feel. I was, however, most bothered by the waiting times: it took almost three hours to serve us a three-course dinner, and all that while, we were not asked if we wanted some bread and butter, to name just one thing which would be self-evident in any Belgian restaurant worthy of the name. Service was, however, extremely friendly, I have to admit.
Had a dinner event here with work peeps, so not a ratebeer experience but that was great, because I wouldn’t really deem this restaurant ratebeer worthy either. The food was really tasty, and as Chriso mentionned a more geared towards the gastronomic experience (do not come here for a quick dinner on the go). Beer selection contains some great classics, but only very typical Belgian beers you can find anywhere. Service was very nice and the price not too outrageous (restaurants in NL are crazy expensive). I would definitely come here again, especially for the food, but I would not recommend this place to a RB traveller. Get one of the Dutch fast foods on your Amsterdam pub crawl in order to fill up on fat before pouring more delicious beer down your throat or visit one of the new restaurants in town that have a more interesting selection for beer geeks.
Popped in as it’s right next door to Arendsnest and we fancied something a little more substantial to eat than cheese / meat platters without wasting valuable Arendsnest drinking time by wandering too far away. The food was admittedly very good and not too expensive but it was more geared towards a "gastronomic experience" type leisurely extended stay than we were looking for at the time. Big on matching food and beer but the selection, whilst no doubt fit for that purpose, was a bit pedestian for the hardened Ratebeerian. So I found myself wanting to eat up and get out to Arendsnest. I appreciate I probably didn’t give this place a fair run so should probably revisit when more up for a gastronomic evening. Unfortunately the location means it will be a struggle not to be champing at the bit to get to Arendsnest.
A "Belgian restaurant" with boring Belgian beers, that sounds genuine, but the food is not that Belgian. When I walk by (on my way to Arendsnest) with Belgian friends, we always check the menu for a laugh. Inside, they try to imitate an atmosphere that doesn’t exist, it feels uncomfortable to me. The food is nice, but the beers are not interesting at all - no place for ratebeerians.
Visited with caesar. Nice restaurant with very good food. Good atmosphere and friendly staff. Would definately visit again. Beer is indeed limited to belgian beers. Still, a beer restaurant in the Netherlands with these standards is quite exceptional so remains a good pick.
Great food, several dishes made with beer as well. Nice old interior, almost kitsch. Good atmosphere. The restaurant restricts itself to Belgian beers, which in the current craft beer revolution is not quite understandable. They have decent belgians, but still. If you want to make that perfect beer & food pairing, Belgian beers will come a long way, but fail on some parts. Still, I had a great time.
We passed this restaurant many times during our visit to Amsterdam in late March / early April as it’s right next door to ‘t Arendsnest and on Sunday evening we decided to go in for dinner. I’d looked at the website beforehand so I should’ve known to expect somewhere a little upmarket rather than a cosy brown café serving dishes of hearty Belgian stew. The Lieve is nothing like that at all! It’s opulent and elegant in a fin de siècle sort of way, with potted palms, chandeliers and luxuriant rich colours. We hadn’t booked but the friendly waiter told us they had one table left and ushered us to a squashy sofa in a mezzanine area where he explained the three “eating experiences” available – Living Room, Gastronomic and Baroque. We chose the Living Room experience as it seemed that the others were intended for a full evening of leisurely dining. I must say that the food was excellent, from the amuse bouche onwards, and the menu suggested beer pairings with each dish. There was a fairly extensive but unexciting list of Belgian bottled beers available as well as wine. I feel we didn’t really do justice to Lieve as it’s got a lot of things right – a comfortable atmosphere, superb food paired with beer, and absolutely the place to go for a good gastronomic experience at less than astronomic prices (the food was no more expensive than anywhere else although I think the beers were priced a little on the high side, in the same way that wine is in other restaurants). It’s just that I need to be geared up for whiling away a whole evening in a restaurant before I go there.
One of the fore-runners in promotinjg beer and food pairing in Holland. They do not do beer only, you’re still very well able getting a good wine too. My only recommendation would be to break out of the European (Belgian) beer focus and list other beer styles, thus pairing options, however, this is one of few places (yet) to indulge in good ambiance and fine beer and food pairings in Amsterdam.