Brunch at Andaz Amsterdam

We’re grounded for the months of January and February.  At first, I dreaded the thought that we won’t be able to do our usual winter weekend getaways during the darkest and dreariest months of the year.  In 2012, we broke the long winter stretch with weekend trips to Barcelona and Tromso.  In 2013, we saw snow-covered Budapest and Berlin and thoroughly enjoyed both cities.  This year, since our passports are being passed around among several embassies for renewals, visas, and residence permits, we got the long-overdue chance to rekindle our love for the city we’re lucky to call home: Amsterdam.

And so I thought it’s high time to do a post series on Amsterdam and share with you some of my favourite things around the city and suggest an itinerary.  But first, where to stay:

ANDAZ AMSTERDAM PRINSENGRACHT 

There are many reasons why I recommend Andaz to my friends, but let me start with my favourite reason: the scrumptious Sunday brunch.

The brunch is served at the hotel’s Bluespoon Restaurant starting at 11:30am every Sunday.  Guests are invited to a breakfast buffet or to order from a menu of choices that include classic breakfast favourites of omelettes and eggs Benedict, to more hearty pasta dishes, to a robust Sunday roast.

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Andaz Prinsengracht’s Bluespoon Restaurant

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The breakfast buffet spread sits next to the open kitchen

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Scrumptious eggs Benedict

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Left: Shrimp scrambled eggs with tomato, potato and herbs; Right: Sunday roast with black pepper bearnaise, ratatouille, mashed potatoes and a side of gravy

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The brunch includes a selection of juices, teas, and coffees including this lovely latte

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The ambience is enhanced by the beautiful decor – check out the details of this lamp shade

But the star of the show is definitely the dessert buffet.  

The great thing about the Andaz Sunday brunch is that you can opt for several possibilities:

  • Enjoy the breakfast buffet spread
  • Go a la carte and order from the menu
  • Treat yourself to the dessert buffet
  • Or choose to combine any or all of the above

It was my birthday brunch so I happily went for the whole shebang which also gave me the best choices (and best value for money at €39).  I’m so glad I did not skip on the dessert buffet; in fact, if you only have to pick one, I recommend that you treat yourself to Sunday splurge of sweets through Andaz’s dessert spread of cakes, pies, macarons, cookies, meringue, mousse, fruits, and more, for just €16.  It’s going to ruin your caloric quotas for the day, but I assure you that you’ll be in dessert heaven with every single bite.  Sample some of them through these sinfully delicious photos:

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Blueberry cheesecake with caramelized almonds

Chocolate cake with fresh berries

Chocolate cake with fresh berries

Coffee, orange, pistache macarons

Coffee, orange, pistache macarons

Dark chocolate mousse with grand marnier cream sauce

Dark chocolate mousse with grand marnier cream sauce

The dark chocolate mousse upclose

The dark chocolate mousse upclose

Orange meringue

Orange meringue

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The dessert table with a view of the hotel’s garden

The Sunday brunch is priced at €39 per person which includes the breakfast buffet, one dish from the a la carte menu, and the dessert buffet.  Make reservations by calling Andaz Prinsengracht at +31 20 523 1234.

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