Nam Kee has been offering authentic Cantonese cuisine since 1981 and has been acclaimed by both national and international leading media . View our three locations in Amsterdam here.
The first restaurant Nam Kee (“friend Nam”) was opened by Nam Chan in 1981 on the Amsterdam Zeedijk.
The restaurant had only 16 seats. Nam Chan himself was in the kitchen to prepare authentic Cantonese dishes, without letting them fall prey to the 'Dutch taste'. The first customers were therefore mainly Chinese who came for the original Cantonese cuisine.
In 1992 the second restaurant was opened on the Geldersekade, opposite the Waag on the Nieuwmarkt. Nam Kee Nieuwmarkt was fitted with a number of large round tables with traditional rotating platforms. These round tables are still occupied by many large Chinese families to enjoy authentic Cantonese cuisine.
In 2010 the third Nam Kee restaurant was opened at Marie Heinekenplein in Amsterdam. Nam Kee Heinekenplein is the largest of the three restaurants and is also the first Nam Kee restaurant that is located outside the center, namely in the Amsterdam working-class neighborhood De Pijp.
Nam Kee has become a well-known name in and around Amsterdam over the years. Nam Kee's fame was further increased when in 2000 the novel by Kees van Beijnum entitled 'De Oesters van Nam Kee' was published. Nam Kee gained national fame when the aforementioned book was made into a film in 2002 and was shown in all major national cinemas. In 2013 Nam Kee was voted the best Chinese restaurant in the Netherlands .
All this has not gone unnoticed at an international level. Nam Kee is still named by leading independent international guides such as the Lonely Planet and Time Out as the best and most famous Chinese restaurant in the Netherlands. In 2009 Nam Kee received a Time Out Amsterdam award for the “Best Chinese restaurant in Amsterdam”. Moreover, Nam Kee is considered by The New York Times as “an Amsterdam icon”.