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Amsterdam Report -- Blauw aan de Wal, Restaurant As, De Kas

Nancy S. | Oct 28, 200906:09 AM

We had three great days in Amsterdam. The weather was chilly, but we rented bikes and rode everywhere.

For eats:

Blauw aan de Wal -- spectacular dinner. Great space and fabulous service. We started with a pumpkin soup with a perfectly poached egg and Iberian ham. Then, confit of duck which was wrapped in the most tender crepe and served with a delicate parsnip puree and porchini mushrooms, all in a perfect sauce. Finally, a warm chocolate cake with vanilla creme anglaise and chocolate sorbet. Bread and butter was also great.

Restaurant As -- Sunday dinner. Great space and service. Lovely bread. First course was a salad with the freshest greens, roasted chesnuts, roasted mushrooms and parsnips. The dressing was light but peferctly balanced. Then, the freshest turbot cooked on the bone with buttery mashed potatoes and unbelievably fresh spinach. The restaurant has a garden and grows much of its produce. Finally for dessert, a fantastic apple cake -- moist and delicate.

De Kas -- probably the weakest of the three but still good. The first course was the best. A trio of gnocci with cucumbers and dill, langoustine with pumpkin puree and finally a little cake of veal confit. The main course was smoked pork with lentils which was served with great turnips in a creamy sauce. Finally, another warm chocolate cake with white chocolate mousse. The bread and butter were delicous. Wine pairings were overly generous.

Also, I can highly recommend our hotel -- Seven Bridges. Lovely owners and the breakfast served in the room was simple but delicious.

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