Bar Brasserie OCCO (Dylan hotel)

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Occo is the new all-day brasserie of the Dylan hotel. It is open daily from 9am to 1 am. It used to be the lounge area of Vinkeles, the one Michelin star restaurant of the hotel. About a week ago, I met fellow food blogger and friend Teri from No Crumbs Left at this hotel. She was staying at the Dylan while visiting Amsterdam and we met her there for drinks and bites. We had delicious gyoza and bitterballen so I was excited to come back and try the lunch menu.

The new brasserie has a very chic feel. The bar is made out of marble and above it sits an 8 meter long copper lamp. If you sit by the window, you can overlook their terrace. When weather allows, you can also eat outside.

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The bar specializes on handcrafted cocktails and doesn’t stop at alcoholic beverages. They offer a Vir “Gin”,  a virgin gin & tonic. It’s made with a non-alcoholic gin that they created by mixing different spices and it is served with Fever-Tree Mediterranean tonic. We ordered one VirGin and one My First Date which is made with date syrup, pomegranate and a pear-thyme-rosemary mix. They were both delightful with different layers of flavors and quite unique. My hubby described them as a mature juice for adults (or kids for that matter since they are alcohol-free). They also offer a Fermented Mary (with vodka) which I was curious to try but we ended up being too full with food so maybe next time.

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Now off to the dishes, we started with a small Caesar salad with roasted shrimps and oysters with red wine vinegar & shallots.

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For the main course, he went for the rigatoni with mozzarella, tomato, green asparagus and Parmesan.

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I went for the Peking duck noodle soup. His pasta was delicious and very suited for spring. My noodle soup was divine. The broth was flavorful and the Peking duck was tender. The portions were quite filling so we didn’t have space for dessert this time.

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Bar Brasserie OCCO at the Dylan hotel

Keizersgracht 384, Amsterdam

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Cultural Menu at the Brasserie (Conservatorium Hotel)

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Yesterday I attended the launch of the Cultural Menu at the Conservatorium hotel. They now offer a 3 course menu which is available from 17.30 to 19.30. Early enough so it gives you the time to have a delightful meal before you attend a concert, theater show or performance. This way you can enjoy a complete night out. For the launch, a few members of the cast of the musical PIPPIN gave a short performance at the lobby of the hotel. It was lovely to get a glimpse of the musical. Pippin has won 4 Tony awards and it is exclusively at the Carré till the 10th of April.

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The menu was crafted by chef Schilo van Coevorden. You are welcomed with a glass of Cava and the menu consists of a beautifully plated terrine of smoked salmon with cucumber, dill, watercress and a poached egg. It was followed by a very tender poached corn-fed chicken with Brussels sprouts, ratatouille, celeriac, garlic and poultry gravy. And finally a Pavlova filled with Advocaat ice cream and poached pear. A delicious and quite filling meal.

The Cultural Menu is available at the Brasserie and it costs €42 per person.

Conservatorium Hotel

Van Baerlestraat 27, Amsterdam

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Royal Afternoon Tea – Conservatorium Hotel

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Last week I was invited to try the new Royal Afternoon Tea menu at the Conservatorium hotel. I had just been there a few days before to try Taiko for the first time and it didn’t disappoint. So of couse I was really excited to go back. The afternoon started with a glass of champagne, and Chef Schilo van Coevorden and the Pastry Chef Gino Gebhard welcoming us.

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The menu was created in collaboration with the East India Company. We were explained how to taste the tea and learned a few things about how to properly make it.

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How you should steep it for 3-5 minutes otherwise it becomes bitter, and how it is very important to always make your tea with freshly boiled water.

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And then all the treats came. Different kinds of sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and marmalade, and of course some sweets. It was an afternoon of true delight. This high tea is perfect to celebrate something special or to just to treat yourself.

The Royal Afternoon Tea is served at The Brasserie from 15:00 until 17:30.

 

Brasserie, at the Conservatorium hotel

Van Baerlestraat 27, Amsterdam

 

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