Tunes Restaurant, Conservatorium Hotel, Amsterdam
As soon as you step into the Conservatorium Hotel you feel like you are in a different world. The hotel has an incredible international allure. The former bank and musician school is located in the centre of Amsterdam, right around the corner of the P.C. Hooftstraat shopping street. However as soon as you enter the doors, you are in the world of Conservatorium. Hospitality, design, history, sophistication, class, spacious are the first thing that pop into our minds when we walk in the hotel. One of Italy’s leading architects and interior designers Piero Lissoni is responsible for the design of the hotel. His signature is a Z-shaped stairs, made out of one piece. This stairs is placed on different locations in the hotel, as well as in the hotels he designed in London and Paris. What we like so much about the design is the mix of modern and historic. They kept the building in tact. Actually they added a huge glass conservetory to the building to create more space, but keep the original facade.
Similar to the design of the hotel, the kitchen of the hotel restaurant ‘Tunes’ is also a mix of modern and traditional. They serve local authentic dishes based on seasonally sourced products. The Hunters enjoyed an 8 course tasting menu. Combined with matching wines, a perfect way to experience the kitchen of Tunes. What stood out for us was the hospitality. The waiters and waitresses were correct, well informed but (at least for us) with a casual twist. We started with a drink in the Tunes bar, a good place to start your night on the town. They serve delicious refreshing cocktails, the bar is modern and from the bar you have a view over the streets of ‘Amsterdam Zuid’. Tunes bar is famous because of their gin cocktails. Hunter Niels had to try this, and enjoyed a big bowl of gin, with elderflower tonic and mint.
Schilo van Coevorden is the executive chef and head food & beverage of the Conservatorium Hotel. ‘Good food, without pretension. The hotel is located in the centre of the posh neighborhood ‘Oud Zuid’, so people should be able to come over twice or three times a week’ says van Coevorden. Well and let us just say, we would love to come over for dinner twice a week. The portions were not too big, neither too small. The menu varied from refreshing fish dishes, to tasty bisque soup, crunchy vegetables and tender wagyu beef.
What we liked so much about going out for dinner at Tunes restaurant is that you really feel like you are a night on the town. The hospitality was spot on, the dishes surprising and divine, and the vibe was chic, but not up-tight the same time. Another thing that stood out for us was the sommelier. He explained briefly the origins of the wine, and why he chose the wine with the course. However if you had questions and showed special interest in the wine he really came alive and extensively talked about the wine he served. All together we had a fantastic evening and could really recommend this restaurant if you want to enjoy a night full of food, wine, history and design. Here are some snapshots we took during dinner of our menu:
Royal Dutch Caviar , Beetroot, Farmer’s Yoghurt
Crisp Sweetbreads “Gado Gado” (Linda went for the vegetarian option ‘Burrata and Tomato textures’)
Cappuccino Lobster, Tomato Foam
BBQ Carrots “Béarnaise”
Dover Sole, Morels, Burned Butter
Wagyu from Jisperveld, Beet Varieties, Pommes Dauphine, Hazelnut Sauce
Lemon Flambé and raspberries
Ten varieties of chocolate. More about this special dessert soon.