It wasn’t the plan but seafood turned out to be our lunch for today and it couldn’t have worked out any better.
On this cool, sunny Sunday, after a quick trip to the Flinders store to scout around for our future couch and dining chairs, and where we miraculously agreed on the same stuff, price and all!, we went on a short drive to Amsterdam Noord where we arrived right in time for heaven-sent parking in a crowded sea of art-seekers (there was a warehouse art sale in the area), got a corner table by the window in the quietest section of the restaurant during lunch rush hour, and sat down to a delicious platter of oysters, mussels, vongoles, cockles, razor clams, scallops, shrimps, North Sea crab claw, and snow crab legs, all of it downed with a decent glass of white. I felt like I was suddenly on holiday.
Impressive as the meal was, the clear highlight were the snow crab legs that were terrific and easily gave in to my feeble wrangling, and an interesting first ever try of razor clams, which felt like I was swallowing humongous worms whole. As for the restaurant, Café-Restaurant Stork was just what we wanted – spacious seating, quiet crowd, and beautifully-located along the Ij River, incidentally right across the building where I work on Piet Heinkade. A trip back to Stork is a certainty, preferably in warmer weather when unfortunately it would be really busy, though if we’re just as lucky, we’ll get the same star treatment of easy parking and the best seat in the house once again.