Hotel de Goudfazant is my go-to restaurant whenever I want to go out for dinner with more special company or for a special occasion. It is close to my house in an old industrial warehouse on the waterside, where now there are some other nice places to hang out as well, like FC Hyena (check out the article).
Don’t be fooled by the name though, it isn’t a hotel; instead, the name comes from a song by Jacques Brel, and this immediately introduces the team of the menu: classic French cuisine is what is served here and it’s done really well.
Dining at de Goudfazant for me is the way it should be. When with a big group, you’ll have a big table with bottles of wine, good food, laughter and good conversation; when it’s just you with another person — an intimate table at the window, overlooking the IJ-river, some oysters and a glass of champagne.
The strange thing about de Goudfazant: on any evening there are somehow both groups and couples dining, whereas in other restaurants it’s either one or the other. The excellent hospitality of the staff plays a big role in this, which can be a hard thing to find in Amsterdam.
And when you hit that sweet spot just between being satisfied and being full and after having had a great meal and coffee, there is one thing left: a riverside walk back home or to the ferry.