The bar at Tunes Bar is one of the prettiest in Amsterdam. When you take the photo from the glass table in front of the bar, you get this incredibly stunning reflection. Definitely an instagrammable place!
I visited Tunes Bar two weeks ago to try their Tunes Around The World cocktail and food pairing. We started with an amazing masterclass about the history of gin. Tunes Bar is known for their extended collection of gins and the bar has won prizes as the best gin & tonic bar in Amsterdam. Bartender Amos Roccah took us on a journey from the origin of gin in the 17th century and what we know as gin now. There’s not a more passionate storyteller than Amos! We sampled various gins and discovered the many different qualities of gin on your palate. Depending on the gin, it can be quite rich and full of depth. The gin we know and love now is often mixed too much with tonics but a good gin & tonic should highlight the gin instead of masking it.
Amos presents us Taiko’s Gin, a gin that Taiko’s Executive Chef Schilo van Coevorden launched last year. The gin has layers of ginger, yuzu, wasabi and sakura – fresh and beautifully subtle. The clay bottle pays hommage to the history of gin.
This bar… I may have to ask K to build me one at home!
After the gin tasting, we sampled some cocktails from the new Tunes Around The World menu. The menu, created by Tunes Bar manager Tim Hoevenagel and Schilo van Coevorden, features 11 cocktails with a food pairing that take you on a journey across the globe. The cocktails are nothing short of spectacular (smoke, infusions – you’re going to be wowed). From the Moroccan inspired Shisha Sense with Zacapa rum, fig puree, lemon juice, dates syrup and a shisha cherry smoke to the Japanese inspired Sparkling Geisha with jinzu gin, yuzu sake, lime juice and apple blossom. This is where you want to spend your Friday nights with your friends! The bites, though small in size, are the perfect pairing to go with the cocktails, but I wouldn’t mind having these for lunch either. They’re served on small bocas, the size o sliders. My favorite was the Peruvian inspired boca with corvina ceviche, red chili, coriander and sweet potato.
Guests are invited to try all 11 pairings. After your round trip, you’re getting on on the house. Now, if only airlines operated in a similar way!
This post is part of a three-post series about Conservatorium Hotel. Check out the other posts as well!