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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Companion Workshop – Mr Porter Amsterdam

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Yesterday afternoon I got to try some Bacardi cocktails by Anya Montague at Mr Porter in the W hotel in Amsterdam. Anya is the assistant bar manager there and she is competing at the Bacardy Legacy bartending competition. At only 23 years of age, she has already lived in 8 different countries where she has worked as a bar consultant. A very opposite direction than she had planned, since she was studying to be a primary school teacher. If you don’t find her at the bar, she will most likely be in the kitchen experimenting with syrups and infusions for her next creations.

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She made us lemon daiquiris as she introduced herself. A fresh, not overly sweet drink, made with fresh ingredients. Then she made us the Hemingway daiquiri. A drink sweetened with maraschino liqueur which contrasts nicely against the tart grapefruit juice.  Finally, she introduced us to her signature cocktail, the companion. Following the story of Hemingway; this drink is inspired by Hemingway’s wives, his companions over the years.

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The companion is made with Bacardi Carta Blanca, vermouth, pear puree, lime juice, honey and black pepper. An inviting and very accessible cocktail, which you can order at the Bar of Mr Porter (Tip: it has a nice view of the city). And no event is complete without a goodie bag. Anya was kind enough to make us all a little kit to make two companions at home. I made the one in the first picture and I’m excited to make the last one for my hubby. Those white chocolate you see in the picture are the companion cocktail in chocolate form. A delicious treat, part of a collaboration Anya had with Solid Cocktails.

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You can follow Anya’s journey through her Instagram account the @travellingbartenders and her Facebook page Companion – Bacardi Legacy.

Mr Porter Amsterdam

Spuistraat 175, Amsterdam

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C Amsterdam

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C stands for Celsius as the whole menu is divided by the temperature it is cooked at. From rare and cold, to low temperature, steamed and grilled/tempura. The menu is very well priced. You can have a 4 course dinner for 45 euros. During lunch time, they do offer some of the same dishes as the dinner menu. The service was quick, and our waiter was very attentive and really took the time in explaining us the concept and the dishes. I went there for lunch last Wednesday with my husband. Since we already knew what we wanted to order, we chose to go à la carte. I love steak tartare so I had to order one, this one had artichoke and boquerone. The balance of flavors was delightful.

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Then we had the open sandwich with smoked mackerel which was really good and quite big too.

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After that, we had the pork belly with hoisin which was cooked at 75C, served with pak choy and peanuts. This was melt in your mouth goodness.

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This was followed by the lobster with gnocchi, basil, Parmesan crisps and lobster bisque foam. The lobster was juicy and tender and the gnocchi were little pillows of deliciousness.

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I had heard of their lunch burger before, so I had to try it as well. It was really good. Luckily we were sharing everything between the two of us because by that time I was getting full.

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Even though in my case, there is always space for dessert. And it was a great way to end this lunch. The chocolate mousse was beautifully plated. It had coffee gel, lemon cream, macadamia crumble, basil sponge and basil ice cream. I love basil in desserts and this one was very well balanced and delicious.

The restaurant is located in the Eastern part of Amsterdam, where the first Baut used to be. Very easy to reach by Metro or tram.

C Amsterdam

Wibautstraat 125, Amsterdam

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