A quick bit of Googling informs me that girassol means sunflower in Portuguese. So it seems fittingly ironic that the first time we were able to get a table at Weesperzijde restaurant Girassol was on the first rainy day Amsterdam has seen in months. We’d tried on previous occasions, but the terrace was either too packed or too hot. But last Friday, sitting inside a cosy Mediterranean restaurant adorned with blue and white tiles and replete with a warm hubbub was the perfect counterpoint to the weather outside.
Feeling fairly full by this point, we split a main course (€22) between us: a whole octopus tentacle, grilled to charred perfection and served with sweet potato purée and buttery vegetables. We had to order more bread to soak up the juices from the various dishes – it would’ve been a crime to waste them.
Sated and happy, we walked home in the rain – the good old Amsterdam summer rain. Normal Dutch weather has been resumed.