Avocados have received a bit of a battering as of late. The UK has reached peak avo. But I love the stuff. Smashed, crushed, creamed, chopped, smothered, moussed. Iâ€™ll take the lot. That being said, I was always going to like The Avocado Show – a restaurant in Amsterdam which only serves dishes featuring the green super food.
Itâ€™s a popular, no-reservation spot. 3:10pm on a Wednesday and I take the last available table. Itâ€™s a colourful space filled with attractive people laughing and enjoying themselves. A girl across the room stands up to take a picture of her food. Thereâ€™s a neon avocado on the wall. The kitchen is fronted with luscious green leaves.
Service is friendly and charming. Iâ€™m first greeted with the WiFi code and a reminder this is a card-only business, no cash. The menu is large and features things like â€˜The Super Saladâ€™ and â€˜The Avo Gardenâ€™.
I go for â€˜The Bun Burgerâ€™ (â‚¬15) which will certainly divide opinion. The â€œbunâ€ is avocado, perfectly shaped and smooth all over. God knows how they manage that. Freezing it I assume. But itâ€™s perfectly ripe. Another miracle of the kitchen.
The filling is a Dutch raw beef sausage called Ossenwurst. It tastes like saucisson but with a looser texture. Itâ€™s delicious. That is topped with a thin rasher of crispy bacon. Also delicious. Thereâ€™s tomato and red onion for freshness.
It comes with nachos in an addictive cheese sauce. Theyâ€™re topped with spicy tinned tomatoes, guacamole, sour cream, kidney beans and sliced jalapeÃ±os. I cut it all up and eat it like a salad and thoroughly enjoy every Â mouthful.
I wash all this down with an avocado and banana smoothie (â‚¬4.40). It lacks the promised cinnamon but is sweet enough to be guzzled down in one. Coconut shavings add an exotic touch.
For pud, â€˜The Blind Dateâ€™ (â‚¬7) is an avocado moussey-ice cream concoction, all zingy with lime, sitting in an avocado shell. The stone is a ball of chopped nuts and dates. Itâ€™s chewy and moreish. Definitely one to share however as I canâ€™t finish it on my own.
Apparantly The Avocado Show has just received multi million pound investment and they plan to roll them out across Europe. Possibly under franchises. I think it will do well. But if youâ€™re fed up of avocados, this one certainly ainâ€™t for you.
Would I go back? Most definitely