Amongst the throngs of tourist-sucking Argentinian steak houses, this is Leidseplein’s other worthy dinner stop for meat lovers. Unlike de Klos, Castell has some frills. Like cocktails. And everything is super laid-back: expect to eat your steak and ribs (prepared on the barbie in the middle of the restaurant) on a tray while sitting at the bar or sinking into a plush sofa.
The spot may be relatively new, but the vibe inside is centuries-old-school. The meal comes piled on wooden planks, and is meant to be shared. Forget fussy forks: here, you’re encouraged to dive in hands-first (which is more easily done with the charcoal-grilled chicken, ribs, and shrimp than the five premium cuts of steak.)
Though its eastward expansion efforts didn’t work out long-term (RIP Bar Brouw Oost), Brouw remains one of the city’s major meat meccas. Here’s a classic barbecue joint that isn’t afraid to pile on the (smoky, sometimes downright spicy) flavor, keeping the menu focused on sausages, ribs, burgers, pulled pork, and other hunks of animal flesh. Oh yeah, and that beer menu...