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Restaurant Bridges features seasonal seafood delights which are prepared with a French twist. Using fresh, local catches Bridges' philosophy is to add only a couple of fresh ingredients to the dish in order to let the fish's character and flavour fully blossom. Bridges has a culinary chromosome that can only induce a smattering of 'Enchante!' from its patrons.
Set inside Amsterdam's prestigious five-star, Sofitel Legend The Grand, Restaurant Bridges delivers a lip-smacking experience, thanks to its careful assortment of fine wines and gourmet seafood delights. However, January 2013 witnessed history in the making when The Grand collaborated with virtuoso chef Ron Blaauw in elevating Bridges to the apex in terms of fine French cuisine. Blaauw, a Michelin-starred master-chef himself, is working with the Bridges staff in taking the culinary experience to new heights.
The Ron Blaauw factor in Restaurant Bridges is all too tangible. Recently, the restaurant guide Lekker rated Bridges as number 27 in its list of the top-100 best restaurants in the Netherlands.
On the Menu
Restaurant Bridges has a de-facto motto, 'Fins et Vins' (Fish and Wine). There's really no better combination and the meal coupled with wine and the stellar service makes for a dining fiesta worth the expense. Guest chef Ron Blaauw's partnership with Bridges has definitely added a new zing to the Bridges flavour. With a refreshed menu and exotic dishes prepared using regional products, the addition of Blaauw to the Bridges team means there's one more, huge reason not to miss out on Restaurant Bridges while you're in Amsterdam.
While the concept has traditionally been harboured on seafood and wines, Blaauw's introduction has definitely provided an international appeal to the restaurant. Blaauw firmly believes in the unadulterated experience of fine dining, with seasonal delights, slow-cooked meats and internationally-renowned combinations. Nobody could describe the redefined Bridges concept better than Blaauw himself, 'The highest culinary experience in a relaxed atmosphere, without too many pretensions. After all, visiting restaurants should be a joy for everyone!'
We couldn't agree with you more, Ron.
After you're done with your meal, you could perch yourself somewhere in the Vinothèque, where the sommelier will help you in choosing the right wine according to your taste. One can order most of the wines by glass. The collection of wines is spellbinding, so go right ahead and take your pick.
Talking service, the restaurant staff ensures that you're not left waiting around to be entertained. Speaking in English is definitely not a problem here and some of the staff is fluent in more than two languages.
There's also a special Afternoon Tea which takes place between lunch and dinner time, from 3pm till 5pm daily. It comprises of traditional tea accompanied by warm scones and an assortment of sweets, pastries and sandwiches. Served in the library and in the garden terrace during better weather, the Afternoon Tea also includes a glass of Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial champagne. Complementing the champagne are delicacies like finger sandwiches with a tantalizing assortment of ingredients and sweet dishes ranging from éclairs to caviar and the signature Stroopwafel of The Grand. It would be wise to book a table beforehand for this.
Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12:30pm - 11:00pm