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Hotel Orfeo refurbished

by Gerard Norg in Travel and weekendtrips , 28 oktober 2003

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A real Berliner you won’t find on the Ku-damm. A Parisian rarely will have lunch on the Champs Elysees. And a real Amsterdammer will rarely roam the many little streets environs the Leidseplein. But rules are for changing, so on a sultry August night I direct my steps to the Leidsekruisstraat # 14. Since 1969 you can spend the night here, in Hotel Orfeo.

Since 1969 you can spend the night here, in Hotel Orfeo. All twenty rooms are being renovated to catch up with the sign of the times. Since some time you can also have lunch here, from 12.00 o’clock, and dinner till around 22.30. Where once was a petit restaurant for hotel guests only, now tastefully decorated tables bid everybody a warm welcome.

You can sit in- or outside. We would have liked to start with the waiter for appetizer, but settled for a beer, though the cocktail, aperitif and wine list offers a large assortment. We then went for a creamy soup of the day with Thai accents (E 3,50) and a simple antipasti (E 5,00) of anchovy, feta, cucumber and tomato.
The main courses are grilled meat (E 8,95 - E 18,00), several kinds of pasta (E 6,95 - E 9,00) and varied fish dishes (E 12,50 - E 18,00).

My table companion clearly enjoyed his Grilled NY strip steak - Entrecote and I sprinkled my Salmon Steak with a good glass of Pinot Grigio.

Though both meat and fish taste fine, they lack that special something.
It’ll pass with flying colours with hurried hotel guests or casual passers-by, but the tongue of a spoiled gay culinary is looking for other stimuli. Happy hour, by the way, is from 17.00-19.00 hrs and beer is only one euro then.

Daydreaming over my capucino about the future biography of this establishment and the many stories it can tell about who’s done it with whom here since 1969, I wonder who will be dining, flirting and end up in bed together here in years to come...

Hotel/Restaurant Orfeo
14 Leidsekruisstraat
1017 RH Amsterdam



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