- 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.
Chestnuts, cardamom, foie gras, hazelnut crumble
Pumpkin, goat cheese beignet, pumpkin seed oil
HOMEMADE ICE CREAM AND SORBETS
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.