I don’t know about you guys but I find Christmas dinners one of the most stressful dinners in the year. To pull off a good Christmas dinner, you have to keep all of your guests happy. And that sometimes means making three different potato mashes (one for every potato connoisseur – oh the horror).
We recently sat down to enjoy a Conservatorium Hotel Christmas, as prepared by chef Schilo van Coevorden and his team. When asked what he fancies for his own Christmas dinners at home, Schilo – almost with a sparkle in his eyes – answers it should always be a feast of a meal. From traditional dishes to elaborately decorated tables and simple side dishes, the perfect Christmas dinner should have it all.
Christmas at the Conservatorium Hotel starts with a range of classy starters.
We start with a platter of hamachi sashimi topped with caviar (so refined and delicate) and a plate of beef tartar with nashi pear. The nashi pear was such a lovely addition to the tartare, bringing a lightness to the dish.
The party at my table was particularly fond of the Alaskan king crab with avocado and a touch of blood orange (it was gone within a few scoops). And then there was the wild carrot tartare (buttery soft carrots diced in tartare form) with ash and chardonnay vinaigrette. A visually stunning dish (as if they knew they had a photography brigade coming)!
Before the main, we are treated to a creamy ‘cappuccino’ of roasted celeriac with shaved white truffle and tamago nigiri with black truffle.
The moment suprême was the serving of the Beef Wellington, complete with shallots, mushrooms and Bordelaise sauce.
Served with the main, was a buttery mashed potato (that would please every potato connoisseur I reckon), poached pears and chestnuts in a salted caramel sauce.
If you’re looking for the perfect sauce to go with your mash, this is it (trust me)!
The closer of the meal was the ever stunning dessert (aptly) named ‘Winter Wonderland’. A dessert of yuzu, passion fruit, panna cotta and meringue shards.
You can’t start the holiday season in a better way than with these dishes!
If this is making you hungry, you better hurry and reserve a spot at either Taiko or The Brasserie during the holidays.
And if you think you can pull off a feast of a meal like this,.. well I suggest you better start cooking now..!
Happy holidays guys!
Find Conservatorium Hotel at Van Baerlestraat 27 in Amsterdam (near Museumplein).