Restaurant 'Surya' in Amsterdam
This small Indian restaurant located in South Amsterdam near Sarphatipark and close to now trendy Amsterdam area of Pipe, is truly a gem. At ‘Surya’ you will feel immediately at home - well designed interior, elegant, modern, with good light, and pleasant soft background music. Their food is tasty and original, service kind and friendly, prices accessible.
In Sanskrit ‘Surya’ means ‘The Sun’ or ‘The Supreme Light’. This God of the Sun is worshipped across the whole of India. The tradition goes that Surya is moving each day in its carriage across the sky. The restaurant ‘Surya’ with dimmed light, beige walls and dark blue finish brings you rest after a busy sunny day.
The food at ‘Surya’ is Indian and Nepalese. We believe that it must be authentic, because among the restaurant clients there are often people from India. The main dishes are divided on the menu to Nepalese, Tandoori, Curry, Biryani and Vegeterian Dishes. They are all simple and unpretentious and at the same time very tasty and fresh. This food tastes like home made. The portions at ‘Surya’ are big and the main courses are served on a ceramic hot plate, so you may take your time to flavor them eating at your ease. There is also a big choice of appetizers, side courses and different sorts of traditional Indian bread on the menu. We could taste only a few of them – they were excellent. Tasty, well-selected wines – South American, European and Indian complete the menu.
Attractive, helpful and very attentive young waitresses speaking perfect English and Dutch will serve you.
Not sure if you really like the Indian cuisine – dine once at ‘Surya’! The food is excellent, fresh and delicious. It is not an up market nouvelle cuisine joint, however if you want to eat a tasty simple meal with some exotic connotations in a pleasant and elegant atmosphere – you should not miss ‘Surya’. On weekends, you better book a table, as the restaurant is often full. Located not far from the city center, this eating-place is worthy of a small detour.
The prices are surprisingly moderate: main courses are €15 - €20, appetizers €5 - €10, side dishes below €5, big glass of wine €7.
|Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday:||5 PM. – 12 PM|
|Thursday, Friday, Saturday:||5 PM. – 1 AM|
|Closed on Monday but may open for groups of more than 25 guests.|
‘Surya’ has a rich menu of meals to take away. Check up on their English / Dutch menu in .pdf format on ‘Surya’s’ website.
How to get there
walking: from the Concertgebouw walk away from the city center along an elegant van Baerlestraat and staying on the left via a short Roelof Hartstraat continue to a busy and grayish Ceintuurbaan until you reach ‘Surya’ at no. 147 on your left; 20 minutes walk
by tram: line no. 3 from the city and line 25 from the Central Station, exit on a stop: 2e v.d. Helstraat
by car: not recommended because of parking problems everywhere in Amsterdam, exit Amsterdam ring A10 via s109 Amsterdam RAI, continue towards the city center on Europaboulevard along RAI on your left, on a roundabout take left into Wielingenstraat and after 1km, on the first lights, turn right into the Stadionweg and again on a second crossing passing Shell gas station on your right, take left into Hobbemakade, drive along the canal and Ceintuurbaan will be the first cross street; when your turn right after ca. 1 km. you will reach ‘Surya’ on your left just before the Sarphatipark, opposite to the cinema ‘Rialto’; street parking in the area, metered parking (€ 3,- an hour)
Restaurant 'Surya' in Amsterdam