XXX Amsterdam Bar & Hall – in St Paul Minnesota

The XXX Amsterdam Bar & Hall  6W. 6th Street Saint Paul, MN 55102 651-222-3990

The advertised menu of “Dutch Food” had me on the phone to friends to arrange to go there to try the food.  It’s a Bar and Music Hall – all kinds of music.

Now the Dutch are not known for their cuisine, but that have very fine cooking schools and training for chefs in the making.  Advertising Dutch broodjes – small buns filled with fish, pork or eggplant prepared fresh and in house is fun food.  Also mighty tasty.  You can park in the Lawson Parking lot for 3 hours for free with validation.  All the food except the sardines are prepared in-house.  They have cheese plates and other appetizers.

I enjoyed a delicious crawfish broodje (sounds like Bro-cha), the salmon and some bitterballen. The bitterballen had a great crust but they were not the real Amsterdamse bar-type bitterballen that I devoured last June with Sabina Posthumus at a local cafe- bar in the heart of Amsterdam. (Those bitterballen were out of this world good.)

But as bar food goes this was much better than typical bar fair around here.  The have “frites”, which are french fries served with various combinations of sauces.  (Frites (sounds like “freets”) are really called patat in Dutch and are served with a heavy dollop of mayonnaise, the like of which you have never tasted in America – very good.) The best part was the brownie dessert – made with sage, rich chocolate, and a carmel filling topped with creme fraiche.  Say no more.  This is a treat to share with friends or maybe not.

This is the proof.  Special Brownie Carmel Cake with Creme Fraiche

Frites or French Fries

 

Bitterballen

Everyone enjoyed the food.  Eet Smaaklijk.

XXX Amsterdam's Brownie

 

About kunstkitchen

Visual artist and writer hunting words, languages, visions, and insight in my kitchen - connecting Art (Kunst) and culture and slow food cooking. Credits: Do not own a microwave oven and never have. Do not own a food processor. Chopped veggies in a Zen monastery for a weekend. (Seriously) Classically trained artist. Paint and draw with traditional materials. Live in the Northland where it's six months of winter. Appreciate the little things in life. Sharing food and art experiences and the lessons that my talented and generous friends have given me.
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