I had cycled past restaurant Diga many times but never actually been there. Partially that’s due to its location in somewhat of a no man’s land half way between Amstelstation and Rijnstraat in what used to be an enormous Chinese restaurant. And partially it’s because Diga mostly marketed its cocktail bar when they opened about three years ago.
So I was glad to try it out when Annemieke from De Witte Uyl, one of my favorite Amsterdam restaurants, suggested it. She had left a comment on a post about truffles at De Witte Uyl, we started talking by email and eventually met for for a great lunch at Diga last week.
Diga’s name and slogan suggest an Italian menu although the menu was mostly French. Diga serves a weekly changing 2 or 3 course surprise menu. Last week’s menu was a very nice swordfish carpaccio, followed by thinly sliced beef loin with pea risotto and glazed onions. I especially liked the swordfish which was tender with great texture from having been salt dried. The home baked bread was a nice touch and the house wine, a chardonnay and sauvignon blanc blend, was pleasant, too.
Diga’s dining room is large and spacious and the interior design and decoration formal and elegant. Service is quite present and attentive.
I think Diga is a perfect place for a business lunch or dinner, much better than the ever so popular Dauphine further down the road.
1079 LE Amsterdam
Tel: +31 (0)20 4044360
Lunch Monday to Friday 12:00 to 14:30
Dinner Monday to Saturday 18:00 to 1:00