Grand Cafe Restaurant 1e klas
newspaper the Guardian: 1ste place in the European top 10 Best Station Restaurants.
Grand Café Restaurant 1e Klas and the 1e Klas Heineken Bar are freely accessible, without having to use a OV-chipkaart. This recently restored, monumental entrance can be reached using a staircase to the right of the central hall in the station. We are looking forward to your visit!
Really lovely interior, old station waiting room type ambience, very elegant. Staff dressed very smartly. We had to book in advance as it was very busy - Saturday evening. We opted for the 3 course menu for 30 euros a head, you could choose any three items from the menu so it wasn't a fixed menu. Very good value for money as were the drinks, G&T 6 euros. Only downside was the initial indifference of the staff who greeted us at the door. The guy, who I assumed was the head waiter, gave us quite a sniffy look and said, before I'd even asked for a table"we are full, have you booked"? He didn't escort us to a table, just pointed at it. Our waiter however was quite attentive and brought drinks promptly. Had to wait a while for our starter but the ambience was so nice we didn't mind (the resident parrot is very entertaining!). Meal was very good, not fabulous. We went back a second time, this time for lunch while we were waiting for our train to depart Amsterdam Centraal. Same head waiter was there; this time he didn't even acknowledge us. We sat down and waited over 20 minutes for someone to even give us the menu. Two other tables who were already there when we arrived, actually walked out. Because of the slowness of the service we had to rush our meal because we'd only allowed an hour for lunch. Not sure why as there were several staff just either chatting or milling about, it wasn't overly busy. Nice building, good food; staffing needs improvement.