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This new restaurant is in an interesting and unusual location. It is right in the middle of the water, on a structure resembling a North Sea oil rig!
An unusual location
REM, Reclame Exploitatie Maatschappij, means advertising exploitation company. This is the name of a former pirate television station set up on a platform outside territorial waters in the North Sea.
It’s a strange place, and looks as though it consists of containers built up on piles. It’s the sort of unlikely place I like to take my guests when I want to go to a restaurant.
The restaurant at the end of the jetty
It was during this summer that the REM restaurant opened its doors to the platform’s spacious rooms. To get to it, there is a rough, metal staircase, just as there was in the good old days when the platform was out at sea. But the climb is really worth the detour, more so even than the cooking, because of the view.
REM is only open in the evening, when the sun sets the banks of the IJ River aglow. On one side, the modern buildings and on the other the harbour cranes and a view over the boats means you’re in for a really great show. It’s a setting I never tire of and a brilliant location from which to enjoy it over dinner.
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