Dinner @ Bridges Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam

March 15, 2012
  •  Restaurant: Bridges
  • Location: Old Amsterdam –  Oudezijds Voorburgwal  – Sofitel Legend the Grand
  • Cost:  €100 (2 mains + matching wine and dessert to share)
  • Value for money: 8/10
  • Service: 9.5/10
  • Vibe/Ambiance: 8/10
  • Jelly Good Food Rating: 9/10


Bridges is situated at the front of the hotel Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam as its pretty fancy.   I  waltzed in with my colleague A around 10pm, fresh off our flight and found that we were the only girls in the place – lots of international suits around.  Staff were so attentive and trying so hard to please it was borderline uncomfortable.

We ordered:

Chestnuts, cardamom, foie gras, hazelnut crumble

Pumpkin, goat cheese beignet, pumpkin seed oil


We also got: Walnut bread with a choice of Salted and Unsalted butter, and 3 different amuse bouches – Smoked Mussels, Smoked Salmon, Lotus crisps, Salmon with lemongrass-marinated  fennel,  salmon with pea sauce, lemon cream.

Although the restaurant seemed a little expensive, once we saw quality of ingredients and level of cooking the value for money factor balanced out.
Amuse bouches, were plenty and very refreshing with the lemon grass/seafood theme, the walnut bread was suitably walnutty. I’m absolutely in love with my main course – fois gras and monkfish – what a delicious and brave combination – those two were made for each other – my favourite flavours. This dish is complicated enough that I wouldn’t attempt to make it at home for fear of getting the fois gras wrong, so this is exactly the kind of thing Id like to see from a top restaurant. Colleague A’s risotto was very rich and flavorful, fantastic saffron and goats cheese flavours. Ice-cream and sorbets were a pleasure aswell, flavours included the rare banana ice-cream – very well done here by the way, pear sorbet, strawberry amongst others.

Very impressed and would love to come back here.

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