Bluespoon Amsterdam is an effortless choice for fine dining in the heart of the city…
In the past few years a new generation of restaurants and bars has cropped up in the centre of Amsterdam. The lively and vivacious neighbourhood is no longer just filled with tourist traps and cheaper eateries and is now also home to more refined and swanky places to head for dinner. And Bluespoon Amsterdam is one of these…
Located in the Prinsengracht district, it is part of the Andaz Amsterdam Hotel and offers a range of seasonal European dishes married with local Dutch products under the watchful hand of Chef Sander Bierenbroodspot.
Before you dine at Bluespoon Amsterdam, be sure to head to the bar where the cocktails offer an evening entertainment unto themselves. They take the notion of cocktail drinking and turn it into an immersive experience. Our waiter brought over our Barrel aged smoked Manhattan, a concoction of makers mark bourbon, carpano antica formula and angostura bitters. He proceeded to burn a scent and peel orange before us, letting us take in the wooden, oaky smells mingled with the fresh citrus, before telling us a bit about the whisky based cocktail. The core ingredient itself had been aged in a barrel on the bar and this culminated in one of the most delicious and most rewarding cocktails we have ever tried. A great pretence was set for what was to come with the dinner and as the air became peppered with the smells of cooking from the main dining area, we were greatly anticipating what was to come.
After we had finished the cocktails we were lead through to the main dining area, a contemporary and sultry space which is tinged with a hint of romance, an air of whimsy and a sense of culinary expertise. Walls are in a deep navy with large glass windows showing off beautiful gardens and a wooden floor lay underfoot. Sunlight streams in during the day and a smattering of stars can be spotted once the sun goes down. The décor is effortlessly cool and as you sit upon the plush black leather chairs to peruse the vast wine menu, it is with the knowledge that you are somewhere which guarantees a good time.
Three, four or five course menus – accompanied if you wish by well-chosen wine flights of wine are cooked with serious precision. The crunch and softness of our roasted langoustine starter was deliciously enhanced by crispy chicken, lime and carrot, while chicory added a colourful finish. Mains are varied and imaginative, dishes such as veal tenderloin with pommes dauphine, mushrooms, asparagus and cepes jus sit alongside a delicious looking halibut dish – accompanied by dutch shrimps, mashed potato, roasted onion and remoulade. White asparagus is the main feature of the vegetarian dish, while a lamb flavoured with salted lemon and black garlic jus offers another meat option. Each is cooked to precision and any dish which wafts past you on its way to its table makes you even more excited for when your time comes.
At Bluespoon Amsterdam, even if you don’t have a particularly sweet tooth you will find it hard not to be seduced by the tantalising selection on offer. Rich chocolate moose accompanied with salted caramel and grand marnier, lambada with green strawberries, nisperos, eucalyptus and melt-in-the-mouth meringue, apple and marzipan terrine, goat yoghurt… each is given a Bluespoon imaginative twist and are well worth saving room for.
Bluespoon Amsterdam is a restaurant that you should head to when in the city for a special occasion and when you want to dine somewhere truly special. Everything from the decor and the atmosphere to the service, food and drinks are perfect and it is a restaurant that will set the bar high for future dining experiences.