Pilek Restaurant, made out of used shipping containers, is a unique dining experience in the NDSM industrial area of Amsterdam.
An exhibit in Rotterdam’s Architectural Institute predicted that in the future we will all be living in used shipping containers.
We’d already stepped into the future when we visited Pilek Restaurant. I knew I was someplace else right after my new camera decided it didn’t like the way I was taking pictures and took control!
This was my camera’s version of the entry into Pilek…
My camera also decided to do a square crop with this rainbow filter! I did eventually manage to get back control of my camera, although after I looked at the photos I thought that maybe my camera had a point. So I did some extra processing to the pink shot my camera took of the lads on their phones.
Welcome to the future!
Within Pilek, the containers are all around the edges with a lively restaurant in a large central open area.
Although the beer selection was limited they did offer Leffe Blondes and Hoegaardens, good enough for even our picky beer habits.
Al and I both had a strange little salad made of artichokes, almonds, fennel, mixed herbs and romesco sauce. The dressing was very vinagery but after a heavy toss with the romesco it turned out to be an experiment I might want to try again. (Note that the lighting was that awful sulphuric yellow that makes food look really unappetizing, at least in photos.)
The waitress told us that on the weekends, when the weather is better, they move the restaurant outside to the artificial beach. Sand, lawn chairs, a bonfire, live music and a great view of downtown Amsterdam across the water would make this a fun place to spend an evening in the summer!
Bye to Pilek but we’ll be back!To get to Pilek Restaurant take the free ferry behind the Amsterdam Central Station to NDSM. There are several other restaurants/pubs in this area including the highly recommended Loetje aan ‘t Ij (if you like extremely special steaks, see Cherrie’s comment below) and the Ij-kantine if you’re into semi-disco pubs. The ferry stops around midnight so make sure you’re back close to wherever you need to be before then or you’ll be in for an expensive taxi ride.
More on our trip to Holland in 2015.