I’ve read a review or two on Nieuw Amsterdam, a bar and eatery situated in Hardware Street in Melbourne and I’ve been following them on Instagram for a little while now, but only recently managed to snag a booking and try out their wares. I’ll be honest with you, but it was really the images of their dessert and drinks that got me intrigued.
The restaurant is on the quieter part of Hardware Street, just opposite Eat Drink Bento. I have to say this because you might miss it when you’re looking for the restaurant – it’s not that obvious. There are two levels, the top being the restaurant and the bottom a bar.
The cuisine in Nieuw Amsterdam is what I would call… hmmm what would I call it? Let’s call it “modern American”. I mean we’ve got modern Australian cuisine, so why not modern American hey? Why? Well, they’ve got their usual selection of classic cheeseburgers, ribs, grits, jerk chicken – much like the taste of the south, but with a little bit of twist in the way they’re served up. Hence, the term I’ve coined modern American – or maybe it’s already been coined that?
Mr. C and I finally managed to get a booking to try out the place about two weeks ago. The service was impeccable, polite, and attentive, complete with explanation on what’s good to have.
For entree, we shared a plate of chicken waffles and believe me, it’s not exactly what you would probably imagine it to look like. The waffles were mini waffles served with pate, terrine, crispy chicken skin and orange caramel to give it that nice, fresh zesty finish. I think we should have ordered two of these! They also had pimento cheese fritters and bbq scallops, both of which sounded spectacularly delicious but, we passed, hoping to try that the next time.
Having always wanted to try Jerk Chicken, I had that, which was served with crispy rice and plantain chips. The dish was supposed to come with black beans, but mine came with pineapples instead. I’m thinking they must’ve run out of black beans. The “crispy rice” were actually sticky rice cakes – now you know why I say it’s served up differently?
Mr. C had a good old American cheeseburger. We also had a side serving of Dutch potato fries served with sriracha mayo.
I was glad that the portions weren’t huge – perfect in fact. That meant there would be space to consume their delicious, decadent desserts! We opted to share (ok so I polished off more than half of that!) the Chocolate Delice, which was sort of like chocolate mousse served with honeycomb pieces. It’s like eating a more polished version of violet crumble 😉 .
I loved my overall experience at Nieuw Amsterdam and I have a feeling we might be back there soon as I’m dying to try their smokey beef brisket and pumpkin pie for dessert.
106-112 Hardware Street, Melbourne
Have you been to Nieuw Amsterdam before? What did you have? Are you a fan of modern American food or prefer the good old traditional southern style food?