The food at Brasserie OCCO (the actual brasserie is inside the hotel and just opened in May this year, but the menu can be served in the garden as well) was fresh and definitely rooted in comfort food. Dishes such as sautéed sole with frites, salad and remoulade sauce; lobster with pearl barley risotto and lime leaves, spinach and Comte cheese; and spinach gnocchi with ricotta, tomato and San Mauro olive oil ruled that menu. But here’s the best part: between noon and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, the restaurant offers the OCCO Lunch Plate, which is a chef's choice tasting platter that consists of either four dishes that are already on the menu, four that are not on the menu or a glorious combo of both. Considering that the Executive Chef is a Michelin-starred one, this is a great bargain at 25 EUR ($32).
As the afternoon wears on, and you’re no longer satiated by your delicious lunch, forget High Tea and move right on to High Wine, served from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Four amuse-style courses and four accompanying wines later (at 39,50 EUR or $51), you might as well go get a room for a nice long nap, or settle in at one of the hotel's three bars for the night.
Rates at The Dylan Amsterdam in October are around 356 EUR per night ($460) for a Double room that’s about 230 sq ft or, for 20 EUR ($26) more you can get a Deluxe Double room that’s a good 300 sq ft. Or, go for the High Wine High History package at 750 EUR ($969) which includes two nights’ accommodation, breakfast, tickets to the newly-opened Grachtenhuis Museum and, of course, High Wine.
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