In early September I happily reported that restaurant Zus en Zus on Overtoom was about to re-open. Last week I finally had a chance to go back and find out what has changed. The answer is not much and that’s a good thing!
Zus en Zus had to close because the owner of the building needed to do major rework of the building foundations. It was tough for Zus en Zus who had to close business for months and things got worse when the construction took longer than expected.
Now Zus en Zus is back with the same formula of good value for money and friendly service with a personal touch.
The menu at Zus en Zus is small – three starters, three mains and three desserts. It changes monthly and they do a good job of providing options including fish and vegetarian. You can order dishes individually, but most people opt for the menu – a very good deal at € 25 for three courses. The same goes for the wine list. It’s short, but has variation and some great deals. We went for a € 16 bottle of South African pinotage. The wine was great and I really wonder why so few restaurants have pinotage. Give Zus en Zus credit for resisting the mainstream and selecting good food and wine!
The restaurant is quite small and the friendly and personal service will make you feel welcome and comfortable. We were served a large jar of ice cold tap water, which is a nice touch. At most other restaurants in Amsterdam you have to insist on being served tap water, with some even refusing trying to make extra money on overpriced Spa Blauw.
The food is good, while nothing special. We had steak and breaded risotto balls. The steak was cooked right and had a great creamy balsamico sauce. The risotto balls were slightly on the bland side, but well prepared with the rice al dente.
Overall, Zus en Zus reliably provides comfort food in a friendly setting on the far end of Overtoom, away from Leidseplein.
Zus en Zus
1054 LM Amsterdam