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“Beautiful bao”

Happyhappyjoyjoy West
Ranked #942 of 4,445 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Price range: US$3 - US$17
Description: The turbulent streets, rich flavors and bright colors of Asia, typical for cities like Bangkok, Saigon and Hong Kong, come together in Amsterdam. Steaming pans, sizzling barbecues and hot woks in the large open kitchen are at the heart of Happyhappyjoyjoy. Discover this new hangout with a menu of sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami. Happyhappyjoyjoy is a new restaurant on the Bilderdijkstraat in Amsterdam. At Happyhappyjoyjoy you will find everything that makes you happy in Asia. Once inside, you can't help but smile. The new restaurant in west of Amsterdam is a cheerful collection of colors and typical Asian flavors. This playful, organized eclectic chaos is inspired by the typical Asian local markets and busy streets, and it will make you feel like you're right in the middle of it all.
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Description: The turbulent streets, rich flavors and bright colors of Asia, typical for cities like Bangkok, Saigon and Hong Kong, come together in Amsterdam. Steaming pans, sizzling barbecues and hot woks in the large open kitchen are at the heart of Happyhappyjoyjoy. Discover this new hangout with a menu of sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami. Happyhappyjoyjoy is a new restaurant on the Bilderdijkstraat in Amsterdam. At Happyhappyjoyjoy you will find everything that makes you happy in Asia. Once inside, you can't help but smile. The new restaurant in west of Amsterdam is a cheerful collection of colors and typical Asian flavors. This playful, organized eclectic chaos is inspired by the typical Asian local markets and busy streets, and it will make you feel like you're right in the middle of it all.
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Delicious bao. Feels very local. Definitely a must eat place in Amsterdam. And beautiful shop fitout - Japanese parasols on the roof look awesome

Thank Mads T
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Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

Happyhappyjoyjoy is a beautifully designed establishment. Really well thought through with a lot of nice details. The service is very friendly and as attentive as they can be for a place this packed with such a high seat turnover on a weekday evening. The food came really quick, like it should be for "street food". Here comers the but: portions are tiny and way overpriced. I wouldn't find that a problem if the taste would make up for that. However taste-wise the dishes cannot compete with real Asian streetfood by a long shot. Some were better than others but still couldn't blow me away and justify the rather high prices. Was it a nice evening? Yes it was! Would I go again? Only if I had to.

Thank Jan G
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

What a disappointment. The reviews talking about how busy it is, are absolutely true.
Confusing to me because when I go to a restaurant, I want to be noticed and served.
After sitting at the bar for 20 minutes in the cold draft from the door (honestly, is it too much to hang up a curtain to protect your customers from catching a cold) we decided to leave.
No food can be worth such treatment.
And from what I saw, It wasn't that special either.
Maybe when the hype dies down in a half year or so, we'll give it another chance but that's a big maybe, especially since a couple of doors down, there's a fantastic restaurant: Meneer en Mevrouw Keus. There they have wonderful food and pleasant staff that makes you feel at home instead of treating you like an unwanted visitor.
Nope, not good

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3  Thank larissakorporaal
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

Just outside the city centry you'll find this little gem. They serve delicious asian food in a asian atmosphere. Like there home made chii sause? Buy one for home :-)
Must eat at!

Thank Nadia O
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Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

I visited the restaurant for lunch with a friend. I had heard good things about the restaurant, so it was time to find out for myself.
The decor is lovely (very busy, but is works in this setting) and the staff was very attentive. The menu is very extensive, a great variety of options. We ordered the edamame, here served with a little sea salt on the top, giving the dish a nice bite. In addition, we ordered the crispy chicken bao. The meat was so tender and indeed crispy and the yuzu mayonnaise tasted so good. A first sight the black bao was a little off setting because of the color, but it was delicious. Lastly we ordered the Sechuan shredded beef, the beef was tender and full of flavor, a little spicy, but we like that. I was afraid that the Asian flavors would have been modified to the Dutch taste, but very happy to discover that it's certainly not the case. Will definitely come back soon.

Thank TravelwithHB
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