I’m going to try something different. Instead of those sequential posts, I’m going to just pick interesting things to talk about my trip (so as to not bore you with many details). Plus, it’ll give me more things to blog about!
I am always excited to go to afternoon tea and this place did NOT disappoint!
Just wanted to kinda hammer a nail on the coffin about the fact that there’s so many bikes in Amsterdam. If you haven’t already, please read Mr.S’ post on bikes here. Please take a look at the picture below People are queuing in their bikes as they wait for the bridge. The bridge is raised because there was a passing ship that was too tall to go under. And please note that this is like JUST when they started raising the bridge. I did not take a picture of the aftermath. It was a LONG queue of bikes and pedestrians. (cars and the tram, too, I guess)
You can sorta see the Amstel hotel through the bridge. I would also like to point out that this is a pretty famous hotel here.
Here’s a picture of the canal, in case you are interested.
This is what you see first the moment you step into the Amstel. BEAUTIFUL.
This is the beautiful lounge where you have your afternoon tea.
Here is the view to my left. You can see the canal and cute Dutch buildings. I just wanted to point out that the weather said it was going to rain the whole week we were there so we were extremely lucky to have such hot weather. So hot in fact that I had to remove my tights after afternoon tea. This was the source of our breeze during the tea though…
So the thing that’s different here is that you don’t choose your tea. We were never given a menu. It turns out that they serve you four different teas. Then at the end of the four teas, you can choose which one you like best. I think this is a great idea because you are able to try out different teas.
They brought these over before the tier. These were delightful. One is a Dutch kringle and one is a Hazelino with a crème of mocha.
Now the tier. I’ll go by them in detail below but just look at their presentation! I’ve never had a bread cylinder like that holding my sandwiches!
On the top of the tier is a Grilled tuna with avocado, tomato and romaine salad and Tramezzinno with roast beef and mustard mayonnaise.
My first time having my sandwiches housed within bread.
Unlike other places, their sandwiches are shaped like crescents – of course, this is to accommodate the container. These are the different sandwiches: smoked salmon, cucumber-salad, smoked chicken and egg-salad with watercress. I enjoyed all of them which is a first!
I always go for my scones afterwards with the lemon curd. I also mixed it with clotted-cream for added sweetness. I did not try the home made preserves.
Now, it’s time for the sweet sections.
Here we have Cupcake with a vanilla mouse and fresh red fruit + Crème bavarois of strawberries with an infusion of roses. To be honest, I only ate the fruit atop the cupcake. I was getting full by this time. And I only ate the strawberries off the other. I just wanted to point out that Dutch strawberries are heavenly. The ones in Toronto are not even close to being that delicious. I will speak to the strawberries at a later post.
Since these are so tiny, I was able to eat most of them. We have Bonbon of Tia Maria and Nougatine, Brownie Lolly, and Orange crémeux on a sablé with almond. The bonbon and the brownie lolly were deelish! The orange crémeux, I didn’t get to try much of it but from my first impression, it’s similar to the lemon curd I had with my scone. Still good.
This was my favourite tea, the Oolong Fancy After the second tea, I needed something to cool me down so I had tea # 3 and # 4 turned into iced teas. It really was that hot that day!
Just wanted to show you some more cute Dutch buildings.
We couldn’t finish them all so we had to pack up the desserts. I didn’t expect them to give us a reusable bag. This will be great for shopping! Here’s Mr.S modeling the bag for you 😛
And Mr.S took a picture of this cow. The reason being is that in Toronto we had something similar to this except we used Moose.
In conclusion, Amstel is tied with the The Palm Court at Park Lane Sheration for my favourite afternoon location. I think Amstel would’ve put it over the top had they had live music. Yes, I want someone playing the harp for me as I sip tea, OK?
You can find them at:
Hotel Intercontinental Amstel Amsterdam
Afternoon Tea April 2012 Menu
Professor Tulpplein 1
Amsterdam, 1018 GX