Jansz., Amsterdam: Elegant dining with a casual flair

The words "elegant," "fine dining," "delicious" and "Amsterdam" don't often go with "affordable," but Fanz. is all these and more.

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AMSTERDAM, June 8, 2017 ⏤ Located in the former house of 17th-century coppersmith Volkert Jansz, the restaurant that now bears his name offers a variety of elegant and delicious meals prepared by Executive Chef Cassidy Hallman. Keeping true to the 17th-century traditions of good taste, style, and conversation, this French international cuisine isn’t stuffy but inviting, approachable, and affordably priced.

Jansz. is situated within the five-star Hotel Pulitzer in the busy shopping area known as The Nine Streets. The ambiance here is clean, bright, and modern with wood floors and white marble tabletops. The open kitchen is meant to encourage friendly conversation while enjoying great food, something that Jansz, no doubt, would have approved of in his house.

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The chef’s signature braised meatballs in marinara sauce ($12) is one of his most popular dishes; they come three to a terrine. Another is his tomato with burrata cheese ($16), a tasty and colorful pre-dinner starter.

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For your entrée, you can choose between dishes such as roasted duck with cranberries ($32), vadouvan chicken ($26), or orecchiette pasta and truffles ($18). One of the house favorites, however, is their Morano spiced salmon atop couscous ($24). This is fork tender and has just enough spice to enhance the flavor without overpowering it.

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Desserts change frequently, but if available, try the strawberry crème brûlée with strawberry sorbet ($7)—creamy, tangy, and delicious.

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Jansz. is located just a short walk from the Anne Frank House, the most popular attraction in Amsterdam.

Jansz. Reestreet 8, 1016 DN, Amsterdam. 020 523 5282

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Ron Stern
Ron Stern, aka: The Global Gumshoe is passionate about excellence in hospitality and tourism. He writes full features with a focus on luxury, cuisine, hotels, resorts, tourism and travel destinations. His articles have appeared in national and regional magazines such as Shape, Cruise, Frequent Flyer, AAA Motorist, Visit Los Cabos Guide, Destinations West, Key Biscayne and La Jolla Today. Other articles have been published in newspapers (print and online) such as The Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sun Sentinel, Bismarck Tribune, The Jamaican Observer, the Coloradoan and travel trade magazines. Ron’s other contributions have been noted by PBS, Mobil Travel Guides and his photography has been used extensively by entities such as tourism boards and public relations firms. He has traveled extensively and is the author of five books. Ron's motto: "uncovering the sole of travel" humorously captures his spirit of walking the world travel beat as a gumshoe detective, always looking for a story.