At the end of summer, my mom and I had a High Tea afternoon together (it was my belated Mother's Day gift to her) at the Bridges restaurant in Amsterdam. As the weather was bright but mild that day, we could sit in their courtyard garden. Even though Bridges is located in the middle of busy and crowded Amsterdam, when stepping into this courtyard it was hard to imagine that behind those buildings honking cars and chattering crowds could be heard all the time - the inner garden was calming and peaceful, perfect for some tea-drinking and delicacies eating.
Bridges' "Grand Afternoon Tea" consists out of several courses, each with a different type of matching tea (several tea varieties from exotic corners of the earth from Newby Teas). At first the amuses were served: poached egg with crème fraîche and salmon caviar, and an oriental bonbon made of watermelon, served with wasabi) - and our expectations were elevated. Then an étagère was put in front of us, every level containing a different type of culinary delights, supposed to be consumed from top to bottom:
- A selection of crostini
- Crostini with cold smoked mackerel and tomato
- Crostini with Dutch shrimps, cocktail sauce and garniture of Granny Smith
- Crostini with smoked eel with cream of basil
- Crostini with smoked salmon with Cicon pearls and furikake (Japanese seasoning)
- Warm classic and raisin scones from their own bakery served with marmelade, Devonshire clotted cream and lemon curd
- Delicate desserts: a selection of hand made pastries (apricot and rosemary square)
It was a delicious afternoon!
I love hanging out with my mom! She's not only my mom, but she's my best friend as well! So I was happy to share this high tea with her. But I guess high tea at Bridges would be perfect for an afternoon with friends or even a work meeting as well. And not only when the weather is nice: inside the restaurant it looked just as neat!
Would you like to have a High Tea at Bridges?
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