Izakaya
Cuisine: Izakaya-style bar grub. Yakitori (griller skewers), Sakana (simple and traditional Japanese small dishes), Hibachi fire bowl (Charcoal hot plate), sashimi, and sushi and handrolls.
Address: Albert Cuypstraat 2-6 1072 CT Amsterdam The Netherlands
Tel: +31 20 305 3090
Business Hours:
Monday – Sunday 6pm till 11.00pm
Quotient Tip: Try the signature Jasmine Spark (a blend of shochu, rum, jasmine tea syrup and fresh mint)

MOMO Restaurant Bar & Lounge
Cuisine: Modern Pan Asian. Salads, Dim Sum, Ceviche and Tiradito, Sushi and Sashimi, Asian vegetables, meat and seafood.
Address: Hobbemastraat 1
Tel: +31 (0) 20 671 7474
Business Hours:
Lunch – 12pm to 2.30pm (Mon to Fri), until 3pm on Sat and 4pm on Sun; Dinner – 6pm to 10.30pm, until 11 pm (Thu to Sat) and 10pm on Sun.
Quotient Tip:
MOMO is very popular at the moment and reservations are essential. On busy days, there are different seating sessions of 2 hours in length. So you have to clear out of your table within 2 hours, or move to the bar.

Craving for authentic Asian food in Amsterdam? I don’t have to help you here. With plenty of immigrants from Asia and all over, finding a good ethnic restaurant really isn’t a problem in Amsterdam. Approximately 50% of the population in Amsterdam is of foreign origin. However, Amsterdam’s culture like any other cosmopolitan city is represented as much by its cultural integration as its authentic roots.

I visited the following two Asian-inspired restaurants, Izakaya and Momo in Amsterdam recently and it’s about as local as you can get. The demographics swing towards more youthful and trendy, with the former having a resident DJ as part of the dining experience. Izakaya serves respectable Japanese food, and is a local take on the ‘drinking with snacks’ concept which originated in Japan.

Momo is a more proper restaurant with dining tables, where you can share a good conversation with friends over dinner. There are also seats by the bar for lone diners and those looking for a quick drink before heading somewhere else. It serves a variety of Asian food from Japanese to Cantonese and even Latin American origins. The concept is, “MOMO has no set rules. Be creative and follow your own path.”

Both restaurants have an Asian-inspired dining style of sharing food. So forget about the 3-course etiquette, and order up as many dishes as you like and share them.