Friday, September 9, 2011

We Visit The Scossa Restaurant in the Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel

Let's talk food. 

Paige and I had walked all the way to the Anne Frank House, stood in line, taken the tour, and walked a longer way back so we could see more views and get some photos. By the time we reached the hotel, my legs were tired. The much younger Paige was tired too, so we opted for dinner at one of the restaurants in the hotel. 

The Scossa Restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine and the posted sign read "casual attire." Hurray for casual attire!

The Scossa Restaurant serves Mediterranean dishes. We sat at a table for four like the one in this photo.
photo via www.marriott.com 

Another restaurant photo.
photo via Marriott.com
The ambience was pleasant, the service excellent and Paige loved her Gnocchi with artichokes. I'm sure the Risotto was great, but it was my first time ever trying it and I discovered I'm not a big Risotto fan. My scallops on top were awesome, though. I loved those. As usual, I ordered a bottle of still water and Paige ordered sparkling water. (Whenever you order water, you need to indicate whether you prefer sparkling or still. This has been our experience everywhere in Europe so far, I think. I don't recall ever getting free water like in the US. You usually pay for it by the bottle).

What would you have ordered for your evening meal? Here's the selection of their main dishes:

Pasta and Risotto’s

Risotto Milanese € 17.50
Saffron risotto with seared scallops
Wine suggestion: Tormaresca, € 8.00
Chardonnay, Puglia, Italy

Garganelli ‘Bolognaise’ € 17.50
With truffl e and fl aked pecorino
Wine suggestion: Antinori, Pèppoli Chianti Classico, € 11.00
Toscane, Italy

Papadelle of wild mushrooms € 15.50
Mascarpone and roquette
Wine suggestion: Boeckel, Pinot Gris, Elzas, France € 9.00

Gnocchi with artichokes € 15.50
Grilled peppers and chorizo
Wine suggestion: Tormaresca, Paiara Rosato, € 4.50
Puglia, Italy

Spaghetti with cherry tomatoes € 17.50
Grilled chili prawns
Wine suggestion: Masi, Levarìe Soave Classico, € 8.00
Veneto, Italy

Meat Dishes

Duck breast with Seville orange and € 22.50
a cumin gremolata

Roasted mushrooms, asparagus and gnocchi
Wine suggestion: Chateau St. Michelle, € 6.50
Stimson Estate Merlot, Washington State, United States

Veal Piccata € 21.50
With mozzarella, Parma ham and sage leaves
Wine suggestion: Boschendal, Lanoy Cabernet € 7.00
Sauvignon / Merlot, Franschhoek, South Africa

Rack of lamb with Mediterranean herbs € 23.50
Oven roasted garlic and a red wine jus
Wine suggestion: Beronia, Rioja Reserva, Rioja, Spain € 9.00

Chicken ‘Tagine’ € 23.50
With prunes, cinnamon couscous and almonds
Wine suggestion: Lapostolle Grand Selection € 7.50
Semillion, Rapel Valley, Chili

Grilled ribeye steak (250 grams) € 26.50
Wild mushrooms, green beans and roasted garlic
Wine suggestion: Beronia, Rioja Reserva, Rioja, Spain € 9.00

Fish Dishes

Catch of the day € 22.50
Daily fresh fi sh from the market

Baked Cod with braised fennel € 21.50
Anchovies, bucatini and saffron sauce
Wine suggestion: Tormaresca, Chardonnay, € 8.00
Puglia, Italy

Roast Sea Bream € 23.50
With capers, lemon, sauce antiboise and
a warm potato salad
Wine suggestion: Boschendal, Chenin Blanc, € 6.50
Franschhoek, Chili

Grilled tuna with piperade € 24.50
With herb salad and olive tapenade and
balsamic vinegar
Wine suggestion: Boschendal, 1685 Sauvignon € 6.50
Blanc Grande Cuvée, Franschhoek, South Africa

Side orders

Choose your side order: € 3.50
Country style fries, roast potatoes with
Rosemary, vine ripe tomatoes with red onions,
roquette salad with parmesan cheese

More of Amsterdam next week. Have a wonderful weekend!


Susan said...

I would have had the veal. I love veal, but never try to cook it myself.

Lori Lipsky said...

I've never tasted veal before.

Joanie said...

Now I'm hungry!

Lori Lipsky said...

Me, too. Time for me to heat up a frozen pizza.

The Prude said...

Ohhhh, let's see. Almst anything with the roasted veggies.
Maybe the tuna?
I know I wouldn't have done the spaghetti- I would have tried to take the plunge into unknown territory!