Some restaurants are more about the experience of eating there than they are about the food. The Sea Palace is one of these restaurants. Sure, you’ll find better Chinese food in Amsterdam, and you’ll probably pay less for it than at the Sea Palace, but a visit to the Sea Palace is still worth your time. After all, there’s nothing like eating on a floating pagoda-shaped ship to make a restaurant special.
Just walking onto the long, brightly-lit ship that makes up the Sea Palace is worth the visit. Plush red carpeting leads up the wide stairs to the upper decks (youll want to ask for an upper deck). On the upper decks, you can get a gorgeous view over the water and into the city, which is sparkling and romantic in the evenings. Sounds nice, doesn’t it?
It is. But not everything about the Sea Palace is perfect. While the food is quite good (and beautifully presented, with carved carrots and tomatoes decorating the plates), it’s not extraordinary, and is a bit overpriced. Its also true that the Sea Palace has a gimmicky or touristy feel to it; if you hate that sort of thing, you might want to skip a meal at the Sea Palace.
However, the service is fast, friendly, and efficient. They have a great selection of Chinese beers to drink with your food, and a decent wine list. And best of all, you can sit there for hours talking, eating, drinking, and looking over the water into the city. It’s a great way to spend a quiet evening in the city.
A meal at the Sea Palace will run you anywhere from 30 to 50 euros per person, depending on the menu. You can order a la carte, but it’s a lot of fun ordering from their set menu, and it makes ordering within your budget easy.