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“Tunes Bar @conservatorium hotel”
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Ranked #784 of 4,003 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Central European, Bar, Wine Bar
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Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Museum Quarter (Museumkwartier)
Reviewed 24 February 2014

The location is perfect, near all the big Amsterdam museums, and in a beautifully renovated historic building.

The Tunes bar design is neatly done but doesn't measure up to the restaurant design. The cocktails are great, we drunk G&T's. But for Amsterdam standards overpriced. The same cocktails go for 10 euro less in other bars.

Our snack was a disaster. We had the beef tataki (20 euro for small amount beef). The dish came right out of the fridge. So the meat was that cold that it lost all taste. Could have been tuna steak. We really couldn't taste the difference. The papaya salade, same story: no taste at all.

The hotel building is impressive, the restaurant design is suburb. But I would avoid the tunes bar. And if you do go, stick to the drinks and bring your credit card ; )

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1  Thank 120Sebastian1977
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Reviewed 15 February 2014 via mobile

A really nice establishment with a friendly staff. The sushi was also good, but the deserts were average. We might come back on our next visit.

1  Thank Vlad I
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

Arrived really looking forward to our dinner based on the reviews. The hotel is ultra contemporary & restaurant has a lovely atmosphere. However menu was limited. Service was erratic. Dinner was disappointing (sent mine back as it was cold). Had to wait so long for dessert menu we just asked for the bill instead. Tunes did not live up to it's reputation. It is expensive & not worth it - really disappointing!

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Thank Chris P
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Reviewed 19 November 2013

What began as a wonderful evening on Tuesday, October 29, turned into a disaster. Just three words sums it all up and those two words – salmonella food poisoning. We arrived and received a lovely table in this architecturally fabulously designed dining room of the Hotel Conservatorium, which was the old music school. The restaurant was formal although the reception and wait staff were warm and friendly and welcoming. The menu is divided into a prix fixe or ala carte but choices could be made from either which was nice. First up was an amuse bouche which was a bit over the top – a smoked cauliflower mousse accompanied by a small amount of crab. The over the top aspect was that the mousse was wrapped in gold leaf. That began to set the tone for the rest of the evening. Lovely wine list was presented and a most helpful sommelier described certain wines in a very relaxed manner which was very welcoming. Starters were a bit fussy…..xxxxxxx for me and yyyyy for my wife. On to the mains which was a very tasty sautéed turbot for me and duck for my wife.
On to dessert and little did we know what lay ahead. The special featured dessert of the evening was a lemon tarte assemblage consisting of a poached lemon that had been hollowed out and stuffed with lemon mousse. We were advised by the wait person to enjoy eating the actual lemon itself which was horrible and bitter tasting even though we were told it had been poached in sugar water. And the lemon mousse was accompanied by lemon vodka granite which paired well. Little did we know.
At 3am in the morning we both awoke violently ill. The dessert was the only item for the evening which we ate in common so the culprit was readily identifiable. Into Wednesday morning we could barely get out of bed except for the rapid and recurring trips to the lavatory. And that continued throughout the day as we were confined to our hotel room. During the day I emailed executive management at Tunes/Conservatorium Hotel to notify them of what we were experiencing with the hope and anticipation they would investigate what had happened to us. To their credit they did and reported back that the executive chef and the pastry chef had determined that perhaps bad eggs had been used as the ingredient in the lemon mousse. Bad eggs being used in what is considered the top restaurant in Amsterdam – unbelievable! They wanted to compensate us for the discomfort and disappointment so they offered us a spa treatment….really! Thursday brought no relief – fortunately we are experienced travelers and carry Cipro for intestinal infections. But again most of the entire day was confined to our room and we fell victim to yet another day of our dining visit to Amsterdam at Tunes. And they expected us to recover immediately and come for a spa treatment. Hmmm.
Friday we departed Amsterdam for a three hour train ride to Paris. So much for our visit to Amsterdam. We felt like we had been hit over the head, punched in the stomach, and generally beaten up as we had become the victim of salmonella food poisoning. Not another word from the restaurant Tunes – it was like a bad dream for them apparently and business must go on as usual. But it wasn’t fine for us and it wasn’t until Sunday afternoon – nearly five days after that dessert, that we felt back to normal.

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Reviewed 14 November 2013

Great taster menu full of unusual and interesting combinations delivered with real flair and thought. Dining room was large but had a really intimate feel, service was superb, professional but friendly. Ideal venue for any special occasion whether business or pleasure and perfect if staying at The Conservatorium.

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Thank NICHOLAS C
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