Kessens brings a little taste of Sweden to Amsterdam with gravad lax, a little bit of Paris with tasty quiches, combined with a healthy serving of Dutch croquettes. Come by and taste the goodness.
Owners Anna and Casper have teamed up to create a delicious menu in their cafe on Rozengracht that exudes relaxed elegance. Go for breakfast, lunch or coffee and cake.
We stopped in for a business lunch and asked for a recommendation. “Gravad lax” was the instant reply. Smoked salmon on bread is not very unique in Amsterdam but we went for it anyway, and we are glad we did!
More about that gravad lax later. But first a little about the owners. Anna hails from Stockholm by way of Paris, and has lived in Amsterdam for more than 10 years. Casper is a son of the Holtkamp family, famous for their croquetten and baked goods.
The background of the owners can be experienced in this gravad lax sandwich. The salmon was likely the tastiest I have ever had. The perfect level of saltiness, it is served atop buttered bread with a mustard sauce on the side. The bread (of course from Holtkamp) was also outstanding, just chewy enough with a hint of caraway.
While we haven’t yet explored the whole menu, the salads looked really fresh and tasty and of course the Holtkamp croquetten are a yummy option. The design of the cafe is refined and sleek with all white everything and lovely fresh flowers. There are even a few seats outside to soak up the sun on a nice day.
Rozengracht 24, Amsterdam