What better way to celebrate the weekend than with a high tea? This weekend my friend and I were in dire need of some “me”-time, no kids allowed, just the two of us. First we thought of going to the museum, but then I came up with the idea to have a high tea at the newly opened Grand Café Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam. After a refurbishment and complete new interior design, the grand café is drawing in crowds and on its way to be a new hotspot in town. Reason enough to go and find out what the buzz was all about.
The interior design of the new Grand Café Krasnapolsky is the work of David J. Morris from Proof Consultancy, the concept is by Ronald Huiskamp from H-Hospitality. The space is light and airy due to the high ceiling and floor to ceiling windows. The design exuberates timeless elegance, with contemporary design trends like the marble tables, and leather and velvet seats. It’s an effortlessly chic interpretation of a Parisian grand café interior without being pretentious. In the Cake Room, guest can indulge in homemade pastries, hot drinks, and afternoon tea, while the Hors-d’oeuvre Bar serves small salads, fish, and small plates.
There are two High Tea menus, the regular (€32.50), and the more extravagant with champagne (€45). Both start with a lobster bisque with tarragon and cognac. The second course consists of savoury delicacies and sweet signature pastries, most of them especially made just for the Krasnapolsky, and only served at the hotel and grand café. Tea is unlimited and varies from fresh mint tea to black, white, and green tea blends.
The savoury was varied and very tasty. It consisted a.o. of a pearl couscous salad, a sandwich with filet americain, a crostini with tuna salad, small quiches, a sandwich with salmon and cream cheese. The high tea at Krasnapolsky is definitely a winner and something I would like to do more often. Staff is friendly and very approachable, so thumbs up for the service as well. For more info and reservations: http://grandcafekrasnapolsky.nl/