Back in July we reviewed the Sheraton Airport Amsterdam. So we were asked to come back and experience the newly renovated restaurant called Stripes. In entering I could instantly see the amazing improvement. The bright white decor was very unusual for a restaurant because normally the atmosphere is dark. The lights were a statement piece and nice to keep me focused through out my dining experience. The restaurant itself was buzzing with happy travelers. I am very familiar with the Dutch cuisine so I was keen to see what it had to offer. I find at airport hotels the food can vary and what they offer can vary too.
The decor is light and modern and has here and there touches of Holland. Photos of windmills and the tulip on the table were nice reminders. I loved the modern lights and the big open space with the high ceilings, it all gave it a classy feel.
To Get Started
First of all the staff members were relaxed and all of them had a good understanding of what was on the menu. Regarding wine, we opted for a Malbec from Argentina. We already had some pre starter champagne.
We opted for home pastrami which is a popular dish here in Holland. It was fresh with local produce and tasted very nice.
The second starter was the Tuna Tartare and it came with a wasabi macaroon. I highly recommend trying this as it’s the most unusual taste experience I have had. This is a great fun dish, which will certainly get your taste pallet going into over drive. I loved the presentation here too.
From The Charcoal Grill
The first main mail was the Tiger Prawns, which had a very strong seafood smell to it. They were very creamy in taste and once again very light on the stomach. The presentation was simple and I loved how these prawns were pre peeled so no messing around here.
For the second main we opted for a dry aged veal entrecote from Uruguay. This was very tender and at 160g not over bearing at all. If you are a meat eater the largest steak on the menu is 800 grams. The fresh vegetables were a perfect touch to balance the meal.
Choose Your Own Rub
I like the selections here in where you can choose your sauces and we opted for the Lemon, garlic, ginger and onion coriander sauce to go with the Tiger Prawns, it gave it an oriental flavour. It suited this dish perfectly. For the veal, we opted for the signature sauce which contained paprika, nutmeg, black pepper, mustard seed and cumin.
Dutch Potato Boutique
The Stripes menu had lots of different side dishes and what really stood out was the potato section which on the menu was called Dutch Potato Boutique. Eating potatoes is so ingrained in Dutch culture that even Vincent van Gogh dedicated a painting to it called “De Aardappeleters“. I was in heaven as I am a big lover of potatoes. So we opted for a traditional potato, the Opperdoezer which is grown and hand picked in the North Holland town of Opperdoes. It has a low starch content and has a very rich flavor, they were absolutely delicious.
Then we opted for a fondant potato glazed with butter and chives, this tasted amazing too.
It makes perfect sense to go for some local traditional Dutch choices when it comes to the dessert treats. Here we opted for Poffertjes, which are mini pancakes, with dark chocolate mousse and strawberry compote.
We certainly had to try the Stroopwafel (caramel syrup waffle) with cinnamon ice-cream. I liked how they poured the final caramel sauce over the ice-cream. It was amazing to eat, although a bit rich.
It’s so important that the Sheraton being so close to Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, a 2 minute walk to be exact, to be on trend and leading the way with airport overnight stays. Travelling can be very exhausting and jet lag is something we are all too familiar with. The Stripes restaurant was fresh, modern and neutral. The Stripes menu offers the perfect balance of cuisines whilst also reminding you of what Holland has to offer. The food was made with quality ingredients and was executed perfectly. For those not staying at the Sheraton, the Stripes restaurant is well worth a visit. Eat well before catching a flight, as airline food will never ever match this quality. Make sure to have a nice pre dinner drink before heading into the restaurant. We loved the atmosphere here and the massive screen creates some nice music entertainment. Thanks Sheraton and Stripes for a great stay and lovely meal.
- Cost: €80 to €100 for 3 course meal with drinks.
- Website (you can make reservations here): www.sheratonamsterdamairporthotel.com/stripes
- Address: Schiphol Boulevard 101, 1118 BG Schiphol, Netherlands
- Phone: +31 20 3164357