Albert Cuypstraat 19, 1072 CK Amsterdam
t: +31 20471 0711
3-course menu with wine pairing around €112
One of my oldest and dearest friends - let's call him Big D - came to visit last weekend to (belatedly) celebrate his birthday and (even more belatedly), mine. He and I have always been very good at finding excuses to treat ourselves to a fancy meal ('it's Wednesday!' 'Look, new shoes!') and our respective birthdays presented the perfect occasion.
I chose Juuls on the strength of a very hearty recommendation from a colleague. I also liked the fact that there would be no menu to choose from, you are served what the chef is making that day (although they will make adjustments for different diets, i.e. awkward pescetarians like me). I'm not really one of life's decision-makers and so to have the agony of having to choose which delicious sounding thing to order taken away from me is a bonus.
So, what DID we have? Well, this is where my attempts as a reviewer don't quite hit the mark. I was having such a jolly time filling my face, enjoying the outstanding wine pairing and talking about other meals we had known and loved that I forgot to write anything down or take any pictures. But I will do my best:
We started with oysters - this was not a part of the set menu but I'm a huge fan of these ugly little suckers so as soon as I heard they were available I ordered us two each. And they were good, very good - huge and fleshy and fresh as anything. We washed them down with a glass of sparkling wine from the Loire (celebrating, remember?). The starter was an asian influenced tuna dish with a combination of raw and seared tuna, a fresh little bundle of salad-y leaves and, what else, a touch of wasabi. This was paired with..I think.. an italian white from Verona, whatever it was it was perfect and delicious. Our main courses differed slightly from each other, Big D had veal (I know...) with some roasted veg and gravy while on my plate the politically incorrect meat was swapped for politically incorrect cod. We were given a soft and fruity Spanish red from Yecla to go with it, again very good - even served mistakenly with my fish. Dessert was in a word, heavenly, but unfortunately at this point I really start to fade out. I only remember making lots of of happy sounds and Big D and I nodding at each other a lot..I can recall only that there were red berry flavours and a delicious panna cotta type mound. This final course came with a lovely dessert wine called 'Pass the cookies'. I would have drunk a lot more of it had the waitress not successfully prised the bottle from my hands. The service throughout the meal was fantastic with a good length of time between courses. Juuls only does one sitting a night so you have all the time in the world to savour and enjoy it - and as an added bonus maybe sidestep the inevitable heartburn which comes from indulging.
Earlier in the day the two of us had been discussing which, out of the many great meals we had eaten, was the best. We got to the end of our meal at Juuls and decided that this had been it. I can't recommend it enough and I'm already looking for an excuse to go back, so if anyone wants to provide me with one I'll be there like a shot!
Like I said, no pictures taken on the evening but here's one of me stuffing my face with oysters on another occasion..the smile is the same