Xmas Lunch at the Conservatorium Hotel

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I can’t believe how fast this year has passed by. With Christmas just around the corner, lots of restaurants already have their holiday menus planned. A great alternative if you want to skip on the cooking. As much as I enjoy the whole cooking process, sometimes it’s nice to let others do it and just enjoy the meal and the company.

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Today I had a Xmas lunch at the Conservatorium Hotel. Our table was beautifully decorated and with live singing, it was impossible not to get into the holiday spirit. We started with the Hamachi sashimi with caviar, beef tartar with nashi pear, Alaskan king crab with avocado & blood orange, and a wild carrot tartar with ash & chardonnay vinaigrette. This was all to share. The first two were my favorite. I love a good steak tartare and the combination with pear was just delicious. And the Hamachi, well I ended up eating a bit of my neighbor’s as well.

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Then we had a cappuccino of roasted celeriac with white truffle. The soup was very airy and full of flavor with a surprise of citrusy mushrooms in the bottom. For a more traditional touch, the main course was composed of very tender and juicy beef Wellington with structures of mushrooms, Bordelaise sauce, mashed potatoes, poached pears and chestnuts in salted caramel sauce.

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fullsizerender-2And since there is no ending without something sweet, we had the winter wonderland dessert and some gingerbread men. I really enjoy Schilo Van Coevorden’s cooking. I’ve been coming here since early this year and it never disappoints.

The Conservatorium Hotel

Van Baerlestraat 27 , Amsterdam

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Jansz

A few weeks ago we went to Jansz for lunch. It is the restaurant of the newly refurbished Pulitzer hotel. If you have never been to the Pulitzer, it is a gorgeous hotel located along the Prinsengracht canal. The hotel is composed of 25 17th and 18th century houses. I went to the opening party and got a chance to see some of their beautiful rooms. Their new terrace called Pause is also a nice place to have a bite or drink, you can sit outside when weather permits.

I’ve been there a couple of times for dinner already and the food didn’t disappoint. Their tuna tartare and cauliflower with wild mushrooms are always winners. This time we had the hanger steak with Jerusalem artichokes which was very tender and juicy. Pieter went for the burger and fries. For dessert we ordered the New York cheesecake with pistachio sorbet. I love the hint of chili that this cheesecake has.

And the coconut panna cotta with lime sorbet was very light and refreshing.

Jansz is open for Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Jansz

Reestraat 8, Amsterdam

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Restaurant Arles

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Last Saturday we tried out Arles for dinner. A new néo-bistrot very close to the Albert Cuyp market. The kitchen is run by French chef Numa Muller who was born in Arles, hence the name of the restaurant. I have a love from French cuisine, so I was very excited to pay them a visit. It is a charming restaurant, which is bigger than it appears when you see it from the street. It has a closed patio in the back and an open part covered in grape vines.

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Their menu consists of what the market has to offer. We went for the 3 course menu. We started with a dish with leeks, beets, Dijon and a 62 degree eggs. A super simple but delicious dish. We couldn’t help dipping some bread into the runny yolk.

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The second starter was the mackerel with cauliflower, lemon and olive oil. Very light and fresh.

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Our mains were the cod with salsify, coffee and almond. It was a lovely combination of flavors.

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And the chuck steak in red wine served with roasted and pickled carrots. No need for a knife to cut the beef. It was very tender and you could just tear it off with your fork.

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For dessert, we went for the chocolate with mint, hazelnut and olives. You would think the olives would have been a bit weird but it worked. And we also chose the lemon cream with strawberries and basil. A delicious palate cleanser and great ending of our meal.

You can’t really beat their 3 course menu for 34 euros. It is quite a bargain, especially if you think of Amsterdam prices. A little French gem in De Pijp.

Restaurant Arles

Govert Flinckstraat 251, Amsterdam

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Tinner

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Tinner is the new breakfast & brunch concept of restaurant Terpentijn. Think of poached eggs, pulled pork, French toast, banana bread and bloody marys.

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I went there for breakfast a couple of weeks ago. We tad the Tinner club, which is a club sandwich with bacon, lettuce, sriracha mayo, tomatoes, pulled pork, cucumber, crisps and a fried egg. The eggs tinner, an open face sandwich with the whole works. Poached eggs, mashed avocado, pulled pork, cottage cheese and hollandaise.

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For our dose of fruit, we shared a delicious acai bowl. And last but not least, I had to order a side of the sriracha bacon. I couldn’t see that on the menu and not order it. It was so good!

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Tinner is open daily from 10am till 4pm. After that it switches back to Terpentijn, which is also worth a visit if you like Asian Fusion. You can read my review of Terpentijn here.

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Rokin 103, Amsterdam

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The White Room (NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky)

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Located at the newly relaunched Hotel Krasnapolsky, The White Room is led by 3 Michelin star chef Jacob Jan Boerma. The menu is based on his personal preference towards the use of spices and acidic tones. The team that carries out his vision is composed by chef de cuisine Arture Dalhuize, maître Richard Eerhardt and sommelier Isabel van Bueren. The room where this restaurant is located is registered as a monument and it is considered one of the oldest restaurants in Amsterdam. The name comes from the “Witte Zaal”, the original name of the restaurant when it first opened its doors in 1885.

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We started the evening with a lightly smoked macaron, structures of cucumber, salmon and a cream with herbs, and a tomato bonbon with spicy merengue. A little explosion of flavors in the mouth.

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Then we had the yogurt with beet and basil. The very airy and tangy yogurt complemented very well the sweetness of the beet.

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It was followed by the mackerel with herbs, yogurt and sea buckthorn. A light and elegant dish. I could have gone for seconds.

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The fish course was the trout with chlorophyll, crispy potato, green mustard and young garlic. A succulent piece of trout with julienned green apple and petit brunoised potato, which added a nice combination of textures to the dish.

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The meat course consisted of beef with ponzu and black garlic. The beef was very tender and flavorsome.

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Finally a dessert made out of lemon with aloe vera and buttermilk. A refreshing dessert with just enough amount of sweetness.

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Overall it was a very enjoyable experience. Each dish was well-executed and beautifully presented. The service was outstanding.

The White Room (NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky)

Dam 9, Amsterdam

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Restaurant Anna

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This hidden gem located in the Red Light district is run by chef Andrès Delpeut. He just renewed the menu and I was very excited to try it out. We were hungry after a very busy day so we went for the 8 course menu. We skipped the wines since we were also very tired.

Our amuse bouche was a mousse of white asparagus, a potato chip and mackerel rillette.

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Our first course was a tuna tartare stuffed in a cylinder of sesame seeds, wasabi cream cheese and soy dressing (first picture). This was one of my favorites of the evening. I love tuna tartare and this one was delightful. The crunchy and slightly sweet tuile of sesame seeds complemented the tuna very well.

Then we had the soft shell crab with sweet & sour radish and papaya.

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It was followed by the red mullet with trofie pasta in basil pesto, foam of bisque, saffron mayo and a sauce of razor clams. Seafood goodness!

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Afterwards, we had the truffle risotto with mushroom foam and a poached egg. Creamy and delicious!

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Next came the lamb chop with lamb wonton, asparagus and lamb broth. The lamb was very tender and juicy with crispy skin and the lamb wonton was very rich.

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It was followed by the duck liver. It was served with rhubarb compote, radish and an apple chip. This was another favorite of mine. The sweetness of the apple chip and slightly tang of the rhubarb compote was paired perfectly with the tender duck liver.

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Then we had the pre-dessert. Strawberries Romanoff with vodka mousse and a raspberry crackle. It was so good. The crackle reminded me of a candy from my childhood.

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The first dessert was a Vlaflip, a take on a very Dutch dessert. It had yogurt, pastry cream, red fruit, caramelized apple and vanilla ice cream.

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Our last course was the apple tarte tatin with caramel sauce, almond tuile and Tahiti vanilla ice cream. It was a great way to end the evening.

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Each dish was very well crafted and needless to say, we left every plate pretty clean. We went on a Thursday night and by the time we left, the restaurant was very busy so I advise you to make a reservation. I also saw a very large table, so they do take groups.

Restaurant Anna is open for dinner from Monday through Saturday from 6pm till 12am (the kitchen is open till 10:30pm). The prices are very reasonable. A 4 course menu will set you back 47.50 euros. A 5 course menu costs 55 euros and an 8 course menu costs 65 euros.

Restaurant Anna

Warmoesstraat 111, Amsterdam

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Vault Bar (Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam)

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Yesterday evening was the launch of the new cocktail menu of the Vault bar located at the Waldorf Astoria in Amsterdam. Renowned Portuguese bartenders Wilson and Tiago were in charge of developing this new menu. The concept of the bar was inspired by the previous function of the location. The entire cocktail menu was unveiled at the bank vault.

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It is a very intimate bar and it all starts with the details. The cocktail menu is presented in a wallet stocked with bills, each which represent a different cocktail recipe from a different part of the world.

Each cocktail has a unique combination of flavors and a whimsical presentation. We were welcomed with a take on champagne and oysters. A salty champagne foam topped with pop rocks and served on an oyster shell.

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We ordered a few of the cocktails before the actual presentation of the menu. So we were all like kids in a candy store every time each drink would come, as we had no idea what it would look like.

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My first cocktail was the Nuevo Sol. I am always very eager to try a new Pisco recipe. This one had Pisco Acholado, cherimoya & pickled pear ceviche and huacatay. It was delicious, a little taste of Peru in Amsterdam.

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I also tried the Dirham which was made with saffron infused Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Fermented dates, verjus, turmeric, paprika, candied citrus & cocoa powder. The Rupee, a mix of Chaat masala infused Absolut Elyx Vodka, coriander, verjus, curried pineapple, ginger & IPA beer.

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The real, made with Leblon cachaça, beetroot, Acai, coffee & rose pepper infused porter beer. It was like sipping a luscious dessert.

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I also really enjoyed The Baht, a mix of pandan infused Pampero white rum, kaffir Limoncello, coconut & lemon grass cream and laos. A heavenly drink served with cotton candy.

More than just cocktails, they’ve created a unique experience. A trip around the world in liquid form. And let’s not forget about the bites. All come from the kitchen of the 2 Michelin star chef Sidney Schutte. So you can definitely expect your taste buds to be amazed. The Waldorf Astoria also offers a delightful Afternoon Tea. You can read more about it here. You can still get a peek of the launch on my Snapchat: cravingsinams.

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Vault Bar at the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

Herengracht 542-556, Amsterdam

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Tunes Bar (Conservatorium Hotel)

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This has been a very exciting week for us. On Wednesday, we got the keys to the apartment we bought and yesterday we finalized the papers for the remodeling we are going to do. Today we had a bit more time to ourselves and that meant, finally time to celebrate.

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We went out for lunch and cocktails at the Tunes Bar. It is known for its Asian tapas, sushi and Gin tonics. I’ve come to this hotel to eat a few times already, and the food has always been great. So I am always looking forward to coming back and trying new items from their menus.

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We started with the edamame with an aji amarillo dip which I love, and 2 gin & tonics. One Gin Mare with Indian tonic, basil and orange. And the other one was with Geranium dry gin, elderflower tonic and edible flowers. A great way to start the weekend!

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We also ordered the daikon roll salad. Veggie rolls served over a wild ginger sauce. So light, crunchy and delicate. Then we got the tuna tataki and the soft shell crab roll. We pretty much inhaled them, they were so delicious!

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For our final round, we ordered the tuna sashimi, Scottish salmon nigiri and the salmon avocado roll. All the Asian tapas here are served with freshly grated wasabi which has the heat without the harshness.

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If you are looking to have some drinks in Amsterdam and you like sushi and Asian dishes, this is the place to go. It doesn’t hurt that the service is always impeccable.

Tunes Bar at the Conservatorium Hotel

Van Baerlestraat 27, Amsterdam

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Honey Afternoon Tea (Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam)

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Last week, I went to the Waldorf Astoria in Amsterdam to try their Honey Afternoon Tea. When the name Waldorf Astoria comes to mind, I think of opulence and grandeur. And with a 2 Michelin-starred restaurant under its belt, I knew I was in for a treat. This was a especial afternoon tea, since we got to visit the beehives located on the roof of the restaurant Librije’s Zusje.

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The declining bee population is nothing new. Honeybee pollination plays an important role in the environment and our food supply. Their loss of habitat, climate change and use of pesticides are weakening their population. The hard working bees fly 150,000 kilometers and visit about 50,000 flowers in order to make one dessert spoon of honey. By having these beehives, the Waldorf Astoria supports the foundation Beelease.

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During the month of June, the afternoon tea gets a touch of honey. It includes a madeleine with honey & pecans, a honey canelé, a macaron with honey & lemon thyme, a pofiterol filled with swiss cream, strawberry, lavender & honey and a mini tart of raspberry, honey & caramel.

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Among the savory treats were a duck liver lollypop, a quiche with pine nuts, blue cheese, leek & smoked chicken, a cucumber wrapped sandwich with goat cheese, honey & walnuts, a cracker with smoked salmon, cream cheese and chives.

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Every treat was a pleasure to eat and the service was outstanding. To spend the afternoon enjoying some delicious tea and treats, while overlooking the garden on a beautiful spring day. That is hard to beat!

You can enjoy the Afternoon Tea daily from 15:00 to 17:00.

The Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

Herengracht 542-556, Amsterdam

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Restaurant Moon

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If you live in Amsterdam, you’ve probably already heard about the A’dam Toren. It is the big tower next to the EYE film institute in Amsterdam Noord.

Restaurant Moon is located on the 19th floor and has a 360° panorama view of Amsterdam. Chefs Jamie Van Heije and Tommy den Hartog have created a modern menu that will surely make your taste buds happy. I was one of the lucky ones to be invited to taste their menu before it opened to the public.

I arrived a bit early and got a table with my friend Noor from Amsterspots.nl. Our first course was The Moon. Steak tartare with red beet, kaffir and a very subtle foie.

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Our second course was a scallop ceviche with radish, green apple ice cream and wasabi. A beautiful and well balanced dish.

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Then the eel came. Served over a thin layer of vichyssoise, crunchy brioche, avocado and green herbs.

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The main course was beef tenderloin with peas and a bitterbal made with rendang. I love trying different versions of the traditional bitterballen and this one was delightful.

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Our last course was the guardian angel. Blancmange (a milk pudding) served with yuzu, calamansi and caramel. A refreshing and light dessert.

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Overall it was a great experience. It is not every day that you get to enjoy a well thought out menu with a fantastic view of Amsterdam. It is perfect to impress a date, or to just enjoy something different. For dinner, you can choose a set menu of 3 courses (€40), 5 courses (€60) or 8 courses (€80). For lunch, you can choose à a la carte.

Restaurant Moon

A’dam Toren – 19th Floor

Overhoeksplein 3, Amsterdam

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