Taste of Okura, Amsterdam
Taste of Okura is a new initiative of Hotel Okura in Amsterdam. It’s a culinair experience which takes up to 6 hours. In a group you get teached by chef Ronald Oud about the Japanese (traditional and teppanyaki), the French but also the international kitchen. Reason for this diversity, is also the diversity of restaurants that hotel Okura has to offer. The cooking workshop is for everybody. From people who never cook to professional chefs. Together with Ronald Oud you prepare a three course dinner. Besides the cooking you get wine tasting, sake tastings or cocktail workshops. While cooking you get champagne and several bites, to make sure you not eat the whole dish before it’s even on the plate. And we can tell you, the smells make you very hungry! The workshop/tasting is perfect for family days, bachelor parties, or teambuilding days with the office. However it’s also possible to join individually or with a small amount of people.
We started the Taste of Okura with a Cointreau cocktail workshop. As you might know we love Cocktails and we love Cointreau because it’s the key ingredient in our favorite cocktail, the Cosmopolitan.
Smelling fresh herbs.
Chef preparing the duck with a marinade of Cointreau.
We love coquilles, when we prepare them at home we buy them ready to cook at the fish market. Ther’s a lot of preparation needed before they could be eaten.
Preparations For Dinner In Full Swing.
Marly chopping the nuts, like a pro!
Peeled oranges, ready for dessert.
Beating the cream for dessert.
The first amuse-bouche.
Calf thymus, served with parsnip cream.
The second amuse-bouche, soup with truffle.
The starter of scallops and oysters
The main course Duck, a wrap stuffed with vegetables and nuts, Chinese broccoli and mushroom.
The chocolate desert with espresso sorbet and violet cream.
Oke, it’s not chic to play with your food. But this gold detail made it very hard not to. We discovered the gold garnish was perfect on the lips. And so ended our experience with the Taste of Okura. We had a lovely evening. The workshop was instructive, the food delicious and the cocktails tasted damn good. If you like cooking, good food, a different and a unique concept book the Taste of Okura. You are guaranteed a successful evening.