On the 1st of February Arriba Arriba, a colourful Mexican street food hang-out with South American influences, is opening its doors on the Rozengracht in Amsterdam. Whether you’re craving for tacos or in the mood for an extensive Mexican feast, Arriba Arriba has got you covered 7 days a week from 12pm on. The menu features antojitos – Mexican small plates – and are best shared by two or with a group of friends. Here you can get your fix of dishes with a ton of flavour, spice and love.
In a country where fifty percent of the population buys its food on the streets, it is no wonder that the literal meaning of the word street food or ‘antojitos’ is cravings. Arriba wants to make it just as easy to stop by for a lean and mean taco pit stop or a full-blown lunch. The tacos are made with authentic Mexican corn tortillas crafted by Taiyari with organic corn using the nixtamalisation proces and vulcanic stones, a method dating back to the old Aztecs. The toppings vary from crispy pescado with crunchy cabbage and lime, or rib-eye with chimichurri and avocado, to pulpo with sweet potato and pickled onion. The menu also features healthy salads, tamales, empanadas and other bites such as oysters and flautas. Don’t expect starters and main courses, just pick and choose what you want, sharing it with your friends, family or that guy you picked up on Tinder. All tortillas and tostadas are gluten free and the menu also provides various vegetarian options. The drink menu features different cocktails with Altos tequila, (craft) beers and the notorious Margarita pitchers, which will make you forget the time. Quench the homemade salsas with a chilled Jarritos, a frozen margarita or Arriba Arriba’s specially brewed craft beer that hits your tongue with a subtle hint of jalapeño.
Modern and Mexican interior
For the concept and interior, IQ Creative has once again joined forces with architectural firms concrete and JPS. Arriba Arriba’s interior fits Mexico’s colorful architecture into a modern design. You won’t find the typically kitsch sombreros or infamous Falsa-print, instead you can expect a modern, graphical interpretation of Mexico. Luis Barragán, a Mexican architect who used color, light and shadow in a beautifully subtle way, was a big inspiration for the interior. The geometrically painted walls make the elongated interior into a cheerful and colorful space, with modern objects, large cactuses and natural materials such as rattan. You can also find high bar tables that offer a view in the kitchen, perfectly suitable for an evening drink or quick bite. The restaurant can easily accommodate 150 people.
Arriba Arriba is part of IQ Creative
IQ Creative is a leading hospitality group that has developed, owns and operates 12 unique food, beverage and nightlife concepts in Amsterdam. IQ Creative strives to differentiat itself in the busy and competitive hospitality industry in Amsterdam, by staying on the forefront of conceptual developments and innovations within the hospitality. IQ’s twelve concepts include Happyhappyjoyjoy West, Happyhappyjoyjoy East, Wolf Atelier, Envy, supperclub, supperclub cruise, HOPPA, Apt., Heineken Hoek, Prinz Wolf, Julius Bar&Grill and Arriba Arriba.