Sinck Wine List
Opened only two weeks before the Dutch third lockdown, restaurant Sinck (named after the original Amsterdam Canal’s architect) on the famous Prinsengracht Canal is one of the biggest wine promises of 2022 and beyond. Started by top-sommelier Sabas Joosten, manager Timo van der Stad (both formerly at 3-star De Librije) and chef Sander Bierenbroodspot, it is an easy-going, comfortable, yet refined restaurant and bar in the heart of the city. Well-executed easy bistro-style food in an à la carte setting for more than reasonable prices and a winelist most starting restaurants can only dream about.
The place consists of two levels with a semi-luxurious lounge downstairs, with couches, leather fauteuils and a large walk-in glass wine cellar. Upstairs you find the light yet warm restaurant setting overlooking the historic canal. Service is friendly, well-informed, professional and personal at the same time: no trendy, showing-off staff or pretentious beat music, but a homey livingroom vibe. Though Covid made it a bit of a bumpy start for the ambitious team, this place will surely grow into the city’s true wine settlements.
With its extensive wine list and professional wine service, Sinck is a breath of fresh air in Amsterdam. The wines are listed by grape variety, which may lack a bit of a comprehensive overview. Still, it consists of a variety of well-selected producers, both famous names and unique finds. The core is made up of artisanal French winemakers, but you can also find a great selection of, for example, lesser-known Australian growers. The stemware is carefully selected, and the wine service will perfectly accommodate your (and the wine’s) need for temperature and decantation. Chapeau.