CORNER STORE AMSTERDAM
Striking light installation
Across the street from De Ceuvel there’s a black ‘corner store‘ that used to be a studio. Owners Bob Nagel, Maarten Bloem, Guus Lourijsen and Michaël Coehorst turned the open space with a tiny kitchen into a restaurant. They build a record bar where dj’s play music at night, a bigger kitchen and they made acoustic wall panels that doubles as art. The restaurant has a soft color palette, with a touch of bordeaux red around the bar. The striking light installation changes color throughout the night and is made by Nikki Hock.
The six owners go way back. From their childhood in Leiden to their studies and from parties in Amsterdam to working at places such as Citroen and FC Hyena: their lifelines crossed multiple times. Until Bob Nagel and Maarten Bloem decided to open natural wine bar Cafe Binnenvisser and Guus Lourijsen joined as a chef. With the opening of Corner Store Michaël Coehorst, who worked at Choux and Gebr. Hartering before, is also part of the team. Just like Ward and Max of Klaproos Amsterdam.
Michaël describes Corner Store as a blurry line between a bar and a restaurant. They don’t think in concepts: they just work around everything they like. And that happens to be music, wine and Asian inspired food. But it’s not an Asian restaurant. The dishes ‘white asparagus with miso and wild garlic’ or ‘wild sea bass with kosho and fennel’ tell it all: locally sourced seasonal ingredients topped off with an Asian-inspired flavor. All dishes are meant to share. And there’s a big focus on vegetables. So even if you don’t eat meat or fish you will enjoy their menu.
On the, mostly natural, wine menu the ‘All Day Rosé’ and ‘Sparkling’ sections outshine their ‘White’ and ‘Red’ sisters. The reason? Rosé works really well with the Asian-inspired dishes just like the sparkling wines but they have that festive touch too. As an aperitif they recommend the Yuzu Spritz with Yuzu sake. And of course they have a selection of sakes on the wine menu.
On June 5th they will open their restaurant for dinner
Check out: www.csnoord.com