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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
A PERSONAL REVIEW OF RESTAURANTS AROUND THE WORLD

SEA PALACE
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

We were thumbing through some tourist information magazines in Amsterdam on one visit and noticed a picture of an interesting Chinese restaurant sitting right over the water.  It was called the Sea Palace.  We asked the concierge at the hotel where we were staying about the place and he pretty much smirked and mumbled that it was "okay" but nothing special.

Our daughter and her husband were in the mood for Chinese so we decided "what the heck" and cabbed it over to this restaurant just as the sun was setting.  And our effort was more than rewarding!

This is a large restaurant somewhat resembling the gigantic Jumbo Floating Restaurant in Aberdeen harbor in Hong Kong.  But this place is much better and without rude servers!

The restaurant had a great feel from the moment we walked in.  Many of the tables were occupied by Asian diners, always a good sign in an Asian place.

As we headed to the table we couldn't help but notice the great looking dishes that people were enjoying.  We got a nice table right next to the window with an excellent view of the water.

We sampled a number of appetizers including spring rolls, traditional egg rolls, some satays, and the soup the came with the meal.  All were piping hot, great quality and perfectly seasoned.

We each tried a different main dish and they were all great.  While I'm certainly not an expert on Chinese dinning, we have eaten Chinese food in China and we used to live in San Francisco where they put together some great Chinese in Chinatown and I'd put the Sea Palace right up there with the best of 'em.

Next time you're in Amsterdam and are in the mood for some Chinese food, give this place a try.  You can get a sneak preview by checking out their web site here.  They're located at Oosterdokskade 8, 1011 AE, Amsterdam.

OTHER NETHERLANDS RESTAURANT REVIEWS:

De Oesterbar - Amsterdam
Kartika - Amsterdam
 



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