I’m a massive fan of brunch. Some weekends life revolves around brunch: making plans with friends, hunting down new places to try, or simply rolling out of bed and heading to a tried-and-trusted favorite for a good, comforting brunch.
When I moved to Amsterdam five years ago, there were only a handful of brunch places. Not anymore. As they say, brunch is now a thing. New competitors flow in and out of the playing field, while more traditional cafes and restaurants have begun to highlight brunch as a weekend offering.
Yay for that. Competition is always good; the more options brunch lovers have, the better!
First of all, 5&33 has a spectacular location: right in front of Centraal Station, it’s probably the most accessible brunch spot you can find. The space itself is spacious, beautifully decorated, and has a modern designer vibe. The art gallery in the basement is also worth a visit.
In addition to 5&33’s bar and kitchen, there’s also a lounge and library that feels very laid-back and intimate. Good to keep in mind for small private gatherings.
It’s very spacious so there’s always a lot of space, which could be a plus for young families who have a stroller or need a bit of wiggle room. A few chic mom friends of mine like to come here with their babies and toddlers for a cup of coffee once in a while.
Now, the food.
For brunch, 5&33 offers a full English breakfast with a choice of eggs: Caprese omelet, scrambled, poached on avocado toast, and brunch classics eggs Benedict, Florentine and Royale.
It’s not the best brunch I’ve had, I have to admit. Then again, I may be a bit pickier about brunch than the average Amsterdammer.
For me, the real star of the 5&33 brunch is the Bloody Mary menu, which offers creative twists on my favorite brunch cocktail. My hands-down favorite was the only non-tomato based Mary on the card, the Lady Mary. This refreshing cocktail is made with green tomato juice, Hendrick’s Gin, Gray Goose Vodka, jalapeno, lemon and basil.
There’s also the Smokin’ Mary (infused with liquid smoke), Bloody Mary (with tequila, Cholula sauce, lime, agave and cilantro), and Captain Mary (Captain Morgan rum, clamato and lime).
5&33 has all the ingredients of a good brunch: central location, cool atmosphere, lots of space, respectable Bloody Marys, and friendly and attentive service. It just needs to nail a few brunch basics to carve out its niche on the Amsterdam brunch scene.
Actually, now I’m curious about the dinner menu, which I’ve heard features very good sharing plates. Looks like my next visit to 5&33 will have to be after dark—anyone want to come along for a cocktail?