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Hopping in Amsterdam
We used to find the catering staff in the capital rather arrogant, but that is a thing of the past - despite the staff shortage allowing everyone to get on. At the classic Stadsschouwburg and the trendy Hotel Arena, we enjoy lunch and dinner and study the fine wine lists.
Under the large 'Ajax balcony' at the front of the theatre on Leidseplein, wealthy theatre-goers could in the past get out of their carriage dry. Now there are tables of the ITA Brasserie, where you can finely spot passers-by and actors. We order the ITA 12-hour, consisting of soup of Jerusalem artichoke with truffle cream and chervil, petit croque monsieur, petit salade lyonnaise with pancetta and quail egg, shrimp croquette with 'persil frit' and camembert with bread. White wine from France to go with it, which exceptionally they don't have.
You could then taste some different wines from the small but fine wine list with the dishes, but we go for a Grüner Veltliner from fairly late harvested grapes (late October) in Austria, as we are becoming more and more fans of this small wine country. The aromatic wine with an almost creamy texture handles the creamy soup well, and its fine acidity and minerality also suit the salad with bacon. With fruit aromas of pear, apple and mango, and in the aftertaste we taste orange and vanilla due to wood aging. NIEDERÖSTERREICH GRÜNER VELTLINER RESERVE ´JOE` 2020 DOCKNER | ANFORS-IMPERIAL.COM | €10.58
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