This week we write about a Japanese restaurant serving delicious Yakitori which we have recently discovered in Amsterdam.
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The food in Japan is something extraordinary and we are in constant search for delicious and authentic Japanese food in Europe.
We found one of these restaurants with amazing Japanese food in Amsterdam and we wanted to share with you our experience.
if you like Japanese food especially yakitori which are like skewers, this is a restaurant for you in Amsterdam

Japanese Yakitori in Izakaya

This restaurant is a typical Izakaya that you could find at any corner of Japan, however, they serve Japanese speciality Yakitori in the Dutch capital.
In Japan, in general, Izakaya is defined as a Japanese bar or restaurant where you find food and beverages and it is a popular place to visit after work.
Yakitori in its original version referred to pieces of chicken skewers (called Kushi) cooked on a customized grill.
They are usually grilled covered by teriyaki sauce (or with sauce on the side), which is based on soy sauce, mirin sugar and sake. Nowadays, yakitori can be made with almost any type of meat, fish or vegetable.

Hakata Senpachi in Amsterdam

The Japanese restaurant specialised in Yakitori in Amsterdam is called Hakata Senpachi and it is located in the Southern part of the city very close to the RAI convention centre.
When you enter the restaurant, it seems that you have been magically catapulted to Japanese Izakaya with traditional design and kitchen with a grill in the middle.
During our visit, we decided to sit outside at the long tables which are mostly shared. You can also sit inside to see the whole restaurant movement however we took advantage of nice weather to enjoy our evening outdoors.

Japanese Menu in Hakata Senpachi Amsterdam

The menu is provided in a black and white copy which is written in Japanese and English accompanied by a number that represents the dish. With this menu, you will also get another two small menus where you write your order plus the quantity of each dish.
copy of the menu in the japanese restaurant in amsterdam
At first, it may seem a bit complicated to understand, but when you writing start your order it will become easier.
copy of the menu in the japanese restaurant in amsterdam

Our Japanese Dinner

We started with some classics Edamame and Cucumbers accompanied by Mayo, Fish Roe and Moromi miso (it is a soybean paste fermented with orzo and cereals).
edamame with salt
We continued with a Fried eggplant with delicious miso.
fried eggplant
Next dish was Takoyaki (balls consists of wheat flour dough, water and octopus) which tasted delicious.
takoyaki japanese balls with octopus
We came to this restaurant to eat Yakitori, the speciality of the house, so of course, we had to try some of these delicious Japanese skewers.
Time for Yakitori in Amsterdam!
japanese Yakitori in amsterdam
We tasted several different types of Yakitori and the ones we really liked, we just ordered them again.
We can definitely recommend the chicken yakitori, mainly chicken hearts (our favourite), and others like pork belly with sweet miso or the Special with Iberico pork meat.
yakitori skewers
We have also seen that during the weekend they are opened for lunch as well and they offer Ramen as an extra dish on the menu. Although we have not tried it, the two young men next to us both confirmed that Ramen soup was super tasty so we are thinking of going back soon.

Our Conclusion

Overall, the food was delicious and we are happy that we found this hidden gem of Japanese cuisine in Amsterdam.
We totally recommend it, as apart from amazing food, they also provide a great service which has been very nice and attentive during the whole night.
To drink, you will also find many different types of Japanese sakes, beers and wines so cheer to it!
What is your favourite Japanese restaurant in Amsterdam?
Did you have a chance to visit this restaurant?
If you know any other hidden gems of Amsterdam which you would like to recommend, feel free to contact us, we will be happy to taste something new.

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if you love japanese cuisine this is a place for best yakitori in Amsterdam

***version en Espaňol***

Esta semana os quiero a escribir sobre un restaurante que hemos descubierto en la bella Amsterdam.

Ya del nombre de nuestro blog sabéis que dos de nuestra pasiones son la comida y los viajes y si nos estais siguiendo justo aqui o en la redes sociales conocéis nuestro amor por el Japón.

Hasta ahora ha sido nuestro mejor viaje y os puedo asegurar que la comida (cualquiera🤩 ) esta alucinante en el pais Nipón. Es por eso que hoy os vamos a hablar de un sitio que no has recordado nuestro viaje a esas tierras.

Se trata de un restaurante Japonés en Amsterdam. Un típico Izakaya que podrías encontrar en cualquier rincón de Japón, sin embargo tiene su especialidad que son los yakitori y se encuentra en la capital Holandesa.

En Japón se define Izakaya un bar o restaurante japonés donde se sirve comida y bebida y a lo cual se suele ir después del trabajo.

Japanese food with yakitori is the best

Los yakitori en su versión original se referían a piezas de pollo que venian ensartados en pinchos (llamados kushi) cocidos en una parrilla hecha a propósito.  Vienen mojados o acompañados de salsa teriyaki, que tiene como base salsa de soja, mirin azúcar y sake.

En la actualidad se hacen yakitori con casi cualquier tipo de carne, pescado o verdura.

Hakata Senpachi en Amsterdam

El restaurante se llama Hakata Senpachi y se encuentra el la zona sur de la ciudad muy cerquita de el centro de convenciones RAI.

Cuando entras parece que mágicamente te hayas catapultado en el pais nipón 🇯🇵🤪, sea el estilo que su comida es igualito que cualquier izakaya que podrías encontrar por haya.

En nuestra visita decidimos sentarnos fuera donde tienen mesones para compartir y visto que por una vez el meteo permitió o (cosa bastante rara en esta ciudad) disfrutamos de la velada al aire libre.

Para elegir tienen un Menú de fotocopias en blanco y negro que está escrito en Japonés y Ingles acompañados de un numero que representa el plato.

Con ese Menú tienes otro dos pequeños Menús donde escribes en que cantidad quieres ese plato . Al principio puede paraecer un poco complicado de entender pero como le vas pillando la mano es muy simple.

Empezamos con unos classicos Edamame y sal y unos Pepinos acompañados de mayo, huevas de pescado y moromi miso (es una pasta de soja fermentada con orzo y cereales).

Seguimos con una Berenjena frita con miso riquísima 🤤

Y unos Takoyaki (bolitas que tienen como base una masa de harina de trigo agua y pulpo) estaban bien hechas y bastante buenas.

Y ahora lo mejor de la casa.


Probamos varios Yakitori y a veces repetimos . Os puedo recomendar sin duda alguna los clásicos de pollo, los de corazones de pollo (mi favorito), los de panceta con miso o tambien el especial de carne ibérica .

Hemos visto que el fin de semana y los dias que abren por la comida tienen también Ramen y aunque no lo hemos probado dos jóvenes a nuestro lado nos confirmaron que estaba rico asi que tenemos la excusa para visitar esta casa otra vez.

En general a sido una agradable experiencia y una fortuna de encontrar esta gema en Amsterdam.

Lo recomiendo totalmente ya que ademas de todo el servicio a sido muy cordial y atento y como punto mas tienen una carta de sakes y vinos y sirven también cerveza Japonesa de tirador.

Si conoces algún otro rincón en esta ciudad que os quiere recomendar o quieres compartir tu experiencia en Hakata Senpachi no dudes en escribirnos aqui abajo, estaremos felices de contestar.

Síganos para obtener cada semana interesantes consejos de viajes basados en los lugares que visitamos, recetas de cocina fáciles y resultonas y reseñas de restaurantes que hemos probado y nos han gustado.


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