Feeling like a fiesta? Pop into Escobar for Spanish inspired food in a cool setting in de Pijp.
The latest venture from top restauranteur Ron Blaauw, Escobar is a casual eatery based on the tapas concept. Mr. Blaauw only acts as culinary advisor however. His previous employees Roderick Kunst and Willem Alberts are the owners.
The restaurant is housed in an old bathhouse known as De Badcuyp. This historic space was a concert hall for some time and has now been transformed into an eatery with the help of colorful tiles and metal railings.
But what about the food?
I visited Escobar with some trepidation after being in Spain for 3 months. Would I be disappointed or rather, horrified? Surprisingly no! The food is inventive and delicious with creative dishes mixed in with Spanish classics like manchego cheese and jamon. The fried calamari were fantastic – thinly sliced and fried in a super crispy batter as well as the albondigas. My friends also enjoyed the mini tacos which came with fun presentation. The prices were not what I was accustomed to in Spain but the dishes were undeniably tasty. The service was also super friendly and quick.
Washed down with several bottles of vino tinto, our evening out was a success!
The bar area is lively and colorful, with beautiful tiles that remind me of Barcelona and even balcony seating upstairs. After dinner the bar plays fun music so if you are not hungry for dinner just stop by for some drinks and perhaps a snack or two.
If you are in the mood for Spanish food, definitely make your way to Escobar Amsterdam.