The White Room, Amsterdam, 7/6/18

hotel building
hotel building

The White Room was a large one star Michelin restaurant located in the NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky. The lovely room re-opened in April 2016 after extensive restoration of the room and paintings.  Gold and white dominated the very ornate room with white upholstered chairs and banquettes, white walls with gold trim, white table clothes and frilly chandeliers.  The panel paintings in the walls date back to 1885. Windows look out onto the street but have opaque sections at head level whereas the windows facing the hotel have gold stained glass patterns.  The menu offered 4, 6, and 8 course tastings, a la carte options and 2 and 3 course surprise lunch menu with wine pairings available.  The lunch is interesting because different tables will get different things.  We chose the lunch menu with the wine pairing and portion control was good and the wine pairings a generous pour.  I would call it technically perfect food served with some flavor.  Service was friendly and timing was good.  

entrance
street entrance
inside hotel door
inside hotel door
posted outside
posted outside
interior
interior
interior
interior
interior
interior
interior
interior
chandelier
chandelier
interior
interior
interior
interior
table set up
table set up
Frankie and the table flowers
Frankie and the table flowers
menu cover
menu cover
about
about
menu 1
menu 1
menu 2
menu 2
menu 3
menu 3
menu 5
menu 4
menu 6
menu 5
menu 7
menu 6

 

Just after we were seated they brought out a lightly smoked macaroon filled with goat cheese and cucumber and topped with roasted mackerel.  It had an interesting texture and taste.

amuse
smoked macaroon filled with goat cheese and cucumber and topped with roasted mackerel
closer
closer

 

Small rolls of sourdough bread were served warm and came with unsalted butter, seaweed and green tea butter and olive oil.  The bread had a nice crackly crust and a doughy, chewy interior.

roll
sourdough roll
butters, olive oil
butters, olive oil
inside
inside
butter and spread
unsalted butter, seaweed and green tea butter
Frankie checked out the salt bowl
Frankie checked out the salt bowl

 

The next amuse bouche was a crispy thin roll filled with smoked trout.  It was very crisp and quite smokey tasting.  I’d call it okay.  It was served on a liquid nitrogen that produced smoke.

amuse
amuse: thin roll filled with smoked trout
end
end of tube

 

A roasted scallop was seasoned with mushrooms and parmesan in a Vadouvan sauce.  The French curry was very tasty and all the flavors in the dish melded well.  There was a slight hint of citrus and it left a good aftertaste.

wine pairing
wine pairing with scallop
scallop
scallop
closer
closer
Frankie enjoyed the plush seating
Frankie enjoyed the plush seating

 

Tuna sashimi was served with marinated nori with radish and green herb oil.  It was a lovely mix of textures and a beautiful plate of food.

wine pairing
wine pairing with tuna
course
Tuna sashimi was served with marinated nori with radish and green herb oil
closer
closer
other side
other side
another side
another side
Frankie found her reflection in the flatware
Frankie found her reflection in the flatware

 

Cod with leaf vegetables, green asparagus, carrot and a lemongrass sauce was wonderful.  The large flake fish was completely moist and combined great with the other flavors.  The wine pairing here was particularly good.

wine pairing
wine pairing with cod
course
Cod with leaf vegetables, green asparagus, carrot and a lemongrass sauce
closer
closer
another angle
another angle
another angle
another angle
underneath
underneath
fish and sauce
fish and sauce
Frankie found flowers in the bathroom
Frankie found flowers in the bathroom

 

Dessert was a combination of Jasmine, lemon and alorian.  There were lots of textures and flavors, like lemon and sweet.  It came with a creamy ice cream that blended well with the other ingredients to produce a very good dessert.  The jelly portion was from the aloe vera plant.

dessert
dessert
closer
closer
another angle
another angle
turned around
turned around
turned again
turned again
Frankie wondered where it went
Frankie wondered where it went

 

one of the painted panels
one of the painted panels
corner painted panels
corner painted panels
stained glass
stained glass
architectural detail
architectural detail
screeen of the kitchen
screen of the kitchen by street door
looking through window into kitchen
looking through the window to the kitchen
Frankie likes high places
Frankie likes high places
hotel dining room
hotel dining room
hotel dining room
hotel lobby
hotel interior
hotel interior
Frankie posed with a panel
Frankie posed with a panel

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