Where to have dinner in Amsterdam?
We took a quick weekend trip to Amsterdam from Brussels back in March during our unexpected 7-week stay in Belgium during the early days of the pandemic. During our ONE dinner that weekend, we chose to have tasting menus from 4850 Amsterdam, a Nordic-inspired coffee wine bar by day that converts into a casual fine dining restaurant by night.
Dinner: Tasting Menus
When we went the menu that night at 4850 only consisted of tasting menus, either a four course of 45 Euros or a five course for 52 Euros. Although things are a bit upended right now, during normal times, the restaurant only served tasting menus during dinnertime from Wednesday to Sunday. More recently, they have switched to a 7-course menu for 65 Euros.
Chef Túbo Logier and his team run the kitchen. He's creative, and draws inspiration from his Asian roots as well as his European upbringing. Ingredients are an important focus, as are the natural wines, which are virtually all available (thanks to the use of the Coravin!).
I decided to try the 5-course vegetarian tasting, while Bryan went for the normal one.
Below is a look at our two different tasting menus:
General Thoughts 4850 Amsterdam
I've always been a fan of the minimalist, simple, and ingredients-focused ethos of Nordic cuisine, and 4850 Amsterdam reminded me of some of the lovely meals we had in Copenhagen (the closest I've ever been to Scandinavian fine dining). The portions are not big. I ordered the larger 5-course tasting and I was easily able to finish all my courses.
We had a lovely night in Amsterdam relaxing over a creative tasting menu, a nice bottle of wine, and relaxing conversation. What a different world that feels like now . . .
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