Bridges, inspired by Ron Blaauw
The legendary location, which served as the canteen of the former Town Hall, is now a place where gourmands can savor the culinary skills of Executive Chef Andrès Delpeut. Bridges is all about fish Delpeut is always looking for creative ways to make classic traditional dishes perfect with international influences and a unique twist.
- It is a restaurant with inviting service, hospitality and conviviality; a place to enjoy the spectacular pairings of seafood and wine. Bridges: a dining experience to delight all senses. Needless to say, the restaurant also caters for vegetarians and people who fancy meat from local Dutch produce. Within a few months of opening, Bridges, inspired by Ron Blaauw was heralded as one of the best restaurants in the Netherlands and in 2013 it received a Michelin star.
Andrès Delpeut (1972), Chef de Cuisine at Bridges, formerly Executive Chef for Restaurant Anna and Brasserie Harkema in Amsterdam, has years of experience in directing various kitchens at the management level. Furthermore, he is no stranger to the world of Michelin stars; he received his first Michelin star at Restaurant De Roggebot in 2000. Delpeut previously worked with Ron Blaauw as Culinary Director at Brasserie Paardenburg.
- Lotte Wolf - Wine Director in charge of Bridges
Following an interesting career, she delights the guests of Michelin star restaurant Bridges with her carefully selected wine list. Not only was Wolf the youngest enologist in the Netherlands to complete her training but she was also named by Gault & Millau as Talented Sommelier of the Year in 2013! She was previously privileged to work with Chef de Cuisine Bobby Rust and has worked at various highly rated restaurants such as ’t Zilte** (Antwerp, Belgium), Oud Sluis*** (Sluis, The Netherlands) and Pure C* (Cadzand, The Netherlands). Wolf has a passion for exciting wines with a story behind them, wines made from organically grown grapes without the addition of any chemicals: a wine that tastes of the grape. ‘The nicest thing about my profession is that I can pass on my passion for wine and foods to others. By sharing what I know, I hope that more and more people can enjoy an exceptional glass of wine’, says Wolf.
For more information and reservations: www.bridgesrestaurant.nl.
Private Dining Room
For optimum privacy take advantage of the Private Dining experience, which caters for up to 12 people and provides pleasant views of the Vinothèque. The private Dining Room is a pleasant and comfortable place where guests can relax to their hearts' content, enjoying a delicious cocktail and bites from the Foodbar.
The Vinothèque is the home of our sommelier. In this contemporary environment, located to the rear of the restaurant, he selects and samples his wines.
There are two wine lists: the Concise wine list, which is acceptable to the palate as well as the purse and the Grand wine list. The emphasis is on French wines, but there is also a fine selection of New World wines from Chile, South Africa, the Netherlands and Australia. There is also a wide choice of vintage champagnes. A good way to sample different wines in the summer months is to order a so-called wine flight on the upper deck of the Bridges garden terrace. A voyage of discovery of three different types of wine (white, red or rosé), where the sommelier provides appropriate explanation and serves delightful canapés.
Enjoy delicious, great quality bites from our Executive Chef Andrès Delpeut; everything prepared while you watch! Perfect to combine with after-work drinks, in combination with your dinner at Le Petit Bistro or Bridges or simply to savor the delights of life.
The Foodbar is open daily from 5 pm. until 11 pm.
Bridges' futuristic Cocktail Bar & Lounge is the place to unwind with a Classic Cocktail or a glass of Moët & Chandon champagne. Located directly opposite the Foodbar offers the perfect accompanying bites.
The sturdy Cigar Lounge is the ideal location for an after dinner cigar and a digestive. In cooperation with P.G.C. Hajenius Bridges, inspired by Ron Blaauw made a balanced selection of short and long filler cigars.
Le Petit Bistro
French bistro classics in an urban atmosphere Our little brother ‘Le Petit Bistro’ opened its doors in January 2014. Adjacent to us, Restaurant Bridges, and overlooking the beautiful inner garden, the former lounge has now an authentic Parisian bistro charm.
The interior has a warm, chic and urban atmosphere with marble tabletops, leather chairs and high tables with stools finished with wood and metal. The internationally oriented menu has modern varieties of bistro classics, such as steak tartar and crème brûlée. Guests can also savour delicious cocktails, local specialty drinks, aperitif, wines by the glass or a cup of coffee. The kitchen is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.
For more information and reservations: http://www.bridgesrestaurant.nl/en/le-petit-bistro/
The Library 'Or' is situated in the beautiful lobby, located directly by the entrance to the hotel. Sybille de Margerie drew inspiration from the colours of typically Dutch elements, such as the dark-grey street stones known as 'klinkers' and the deep, rich colours of the Amsterdam flower market. The Library 'Or' has a rich collection of books about local culture, architecture and French savoir-faire.
This library, graced by a beautiful, eye-catching lamp with precious gold leaf inlay, is the ideal place to become acquainted with art and culture, or to relax in peaceful surroundings. Dotted around the open fireplace are comfortable sofas and deep armchairs, where one can relax and partake of The Grand Afternoon Tea Tradition. Or how about a coffee and croissant with Le Figaro? The ultimate Parisian rendezvous.
The Flying Dutchman
A traditional Dutch brown café, serving an assortment of Dutch beers and snacks, alongside an extensive collection of whiskeys and spirits. Whether you read the newspapers over your daily cup of coffee, meet a friend for lunch or a quick bite, or imbibe a few beers after work, for many people their favorite bar inevitably becomes a home away from home.
The legend of the Flying Dutchman (de Vliegende Hollander) concerns a ghost ship that can never make port, doomed to sail the oceans forever. Captain Willem van der Decken lived in Terneuzen and was known as a brave man. Around the year 1676 his ship disappeared on one of his voyages. En route to the Indies, a violent storm occurred near the Cape of Good Hope. Instead of waiting out the storm, the captain proceeded with his journey, against the wishes of the weather gods. Since then, he is doomed to sail forever and to this day the story of the ship 'that flies over the waves' is told by sailors all over the world.
The Garden Terrace can be found in the beautiful and completely re-landscaped courtyard garden. It is one of Amsterdam's best kept secrets. An oasis of peace and tranquility, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is the perfect location to savor culinary delights of Bridges, Le Petit Bistro or The Flying Dutchman, weather permitting.
It also lends itself perfectly for a relaxing drink or coffee. The garden has retained many of its authentic Amsterdam School style features, from the time that The Grand served as the city hall.