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Betjeman & Barton at Tea in the City

Riding my bike through a thankfully temporarily dry Amsterdam Zuid yesterday, I suddenly noticed a sign that read, among other things 'Betjeman & Barton'. Betjeman & Barton is the brand of one of the nicest teas I've ever had. Four Fruits or something of the sort was its name, and I had it at Stientje's on the Bilderdijkstraat. Getting some for myself seemed like a very good idea indeed. So inside Tea and the City I went.

The interior looks warm, luxurious and a little expensive. Tea in the City is indeed expensive, but with good reason. The teas that are sold here (per 125 grams) are from the excellent and exclusive brand Betjeman & Barton and are imported from Paris. Prices range from around E35 per kilo to around E140 per kilo.

The nice girl from the shop let me smell half a dozen teas, eventhough I pretty much knew which tea I wanted when I came in. Alas, my Four Fruits tea turned out to be temporarily sold out (drat!), but the nice girl from the shop wrote down my name and number and promised to let me know when it was back in stock. She gave me a sample of another fruity tea (Sain Geran), fuller and heavier than the Four Fruits, with hints of vanilla, caramel and almond. I have yet to try it, but I can't wait!

mini cupcake at Tea in the CityWhile she was putting the tea in a tiny paper sample envelope, I fell completely in love with the selection of tiny cupcakes that were seducing me from the counter. I got one to celebrate the fact that it wasn't raining for half an hour and took it home with me.

When I go back to get the Four Fruits tea, I will be sure to take a photo of the shop front and some more of the interior! For now, you will have to just enjoy my lovely tiny cupcake with its sunny frosting.

Tea in the City is open from Tuesday through Friday from 10am until 6pm. Saturdays from 10am until 5pm.

Tea in the City Amsterdam
Jacob Obrechtstraat 19
1071 KD Amsterdam


Excellent coffee at Dish in Amsterdam Oud West

Excellent latte at DishAs I was riding my bike over the Overtoom, underway from the direction of the Surinameplein towards the centre of Amsterdam, I came across Dish Global Kitchen, on the corner of the Gerard Brandtstraat and the Overtoom. Everything about this place, from the slogan on the window ("All consensus is as difficult as it is rare") to the comfortably kind guy behind the counter to the breezy interior breathes funky, friendly fun.

They offer sandwiches on organic bread, topped with homemade ingredients, as organic as possible. There are pies, soups, quiches and salads, as well as freshly pressed juices and coffee made with love.

I order a latte and a four layer sandwich and sit outside in the sun. The busy Overtoom is pulsating with traffic right beside me, but the Vondelpark is right at the end of this little street, the streetsign on the corner opposite my seat is covered in ivy. I am digging this spot.

Excellent latte
The latte turns out to be excellent. It is not hot, but is sincerely good. I like my latte made with an espresso, not burnt, not too weak and definitely without coffee grind. This is a great example of the kind of coffee I like, its taste is deep and gorgeous. The barista with the casual attire and the big head of afro curls knows his stuff.

He tells me the beans are imported straight from Italy, the brand is called Trucillo. That's a name I want to remember. Their machine looks like it's from another century. It's got big levers and it makes my inner barista itch to find out how to make espresso with it.

Four layer delight sandwich at Dish Global Kitchen

Four layer delight sandwich at Dish Global Kitchen

The Four Layer Delight sandwich is a letdown though. It sounded like a variation on a club sandwich: thin slices of chicken breast, bacon, onions and cheese combined with mustard mayo, lettuce, tomato and cucumber.

But the mustard mayonaise tastes nothing like mayonaise, only mustard. Sharp, overpowering, dominating mustard. The onions are the ready-fried kind that come out of a jar. The chicken is a little dry and all in all, the ingredients don't come together on the plate. This is not a sandwich and it is sadly far from a delight.

I eat the thing because I've paid for it and because I will go hungry if I don't, but if it were free, I would leave it and pick something else. Still, eventhough the sandwich is nothing to write home about, the seating in the sun, the nice people, the good atmosphere and the great coffee are well worth remembering Dish for.

Free wifi
Dish offers free wifi and has a reading table in the back. There's a kid's table with toys and children's books and a seat that will accommodate a child at a table. Prices (E2,20 for the latte and E5,80 for the sandwich) are reasonable.

dish global kitchen

"All consensus is as difficult as it is rare"

edit: The homemade brownie is very sweet, but chockfull of chocolate and walnuts and therefore just the way I like it. The pearjuice is the organic kind from Olmenhorst. Excellent choice.

Dish Global Kitchen
Overtoom 255
1054 HW Amsterdam