Tjing Tjing / Amsterdam

Cornelis Trooststraat 56HS Amsterdam 1072 JH
+31 20 676 0923
Opening Hours
Sun 16:00 - 02:00
Tue, Wed, Thu 16:00 - 01:00
Fri, Sat 16:00 - 03:00

We’d like to introduce you to a new way of eating out; no more affected pompousness but sheer down-to-earth unassuming good food and friendly service. Tjing Tjing is the first of it’s re-kind in Amsterdam, after a string of oh-so typically boring lounge restaurants popping up like dead fish we’d like you to check back into reality and add some colour and warmth into your life. South Africa is a nation renowned for many things, and its cuisine is certainly one of its stars. However for South Africans living in the Netherlands, of which there are many, finding examples of their fantastic fare is far from easy, but luckily there’s the acclaimed and widely popular restaurant Tjing Tjing, in the South East of Amsterdam. It is a relaxed café. Restaurant with banqueting facilities and a beautiful terrace garden situated in the heart of the “Pijp” Amsterdam. Tjing Tjing’s cuisine is a slow cooking fusion-mix making great use of the traditional South African kitchen, giving diners an exotic yet slightly familiar taste of Africa. Tjing Tjing is not just about the food, which is excellent, but it also allows guests to experience the laid back South African beach atmosphere. And it does so with a social conscience. Tjing Tjing is a place where people come to feel at home and not like a foreigner. The philosophy of Tjing Tjing is simple as it is inspiring. Tjing Tjing: “the moment the sun disappears behind the horizon, the sky bleeds the first or last colours of the night or day. It is a conscious decision to take the time to rest and peacefully approach, the muli-coloured shades of Light”. Here is a short introduction to a part of the South African Kitchen of which Cape Malay cooking has a considerable influence on South African culinary traditions and its virtues. Indonesian in origin but influenced by Indian Cuisine. It was the ability to apply the indigenous fruits and vegetable of South Africa to the already known cuisines that was brought to the continent by the different cultures. Fruit preserves & chutneys are French Huguenot in origin. From the beginning, South Africa has been a melting pot where East meets West. Baked puddings, tarts and biscuits show a strong Dutch contribution and influence to the South African kitchen. In the 17th century, Malay cooks were very much in demand in the predominantly Dutch homes and soon learned to prepare solid Dutch fare such as Melk Tert but added their own embellishment of herbs and spices. The VOC sailors started another national cuisine when they marinated the meat in salt on their long sea voyages. The South African adapted the same conserving method but added herbs and vinegar and Biltong came about. Eating in South Africa amongst the different cultures is seen as a blessing. It is a time for togetherness and to give thanks for that which we have but also to be aware of the fact that many are a less fortunate. It is with idea that we see eating as a celebration of life and a blessing that we share with family, colleagues and friends. I have tried to put a menu together, fusing all these influences and elements to give you an tasteful and aromatic journey into The Fusion Kitchen of the Rainbow Nation. Enjoy your meal and your visit. Michael

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Tips from the Net @ Tjing Tjing
Dan Zaidman en
A true South African haven in Amsterdam, from the nice samoosas right down to the excellent Malva pudding (and everything in between). Highly recommended for anyone who likes real food and human size portions. GooglePlace - July 2016
nettadi ben asher en
Lovely little Jem. Strange decor should not put you off from sitting and ordering from the creative well executed menu. Offering unique ingredients and combinations. The food is made to order so there is a bit of a wait, but it's worth it. The dishes are beautiful on the plate and pleasing on the palette. GooglePlace - July 2016
HumanoidOrganism Martin en
I visited this restaurant three times in three nights during a recent trip to Amsterdam. The food was simply beautiful. The service was very friendly. If you want to visit an unpretentious restaurant, where the staff really care about the service and food they provide for you, give Tjing Tjing a try. GooglePlace - May 2016
Vladimir D en
Super friendly service. Ostrich steak was awesome! Foursquare - March 2016
Marinus Snyman en
Mixed Grill de Lux is good! Real boerewors!!! Foursquare - January 2016