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Wining and Dining - 1e Klas CS: time stands still (for a bit)

by Gerard Norg in Nightlife & Reports , 17 augustus 2005

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Many visits to our global village start or finish at Central Station. P.J.H. Cuijpers, together with A.L. van Gendt, designed this neo-gothic and neo-renaissance building and its foundation consists of 8687 wooden poles. Though the city council at the time had preferred a central station at the Leidseplein, the terminal at the IJ opened its doors with enormous public attention on the 15th of October 1889.

The Grand Café Restaurant 1e Klas (First Class) is located next to the Royal waiting lounge on platform 2B. Who hasn’t had a meeting here? Going out for dinner - I’ve said it in my columns before - also means to remember: with whom, where, when and what. In these surroundings I’m thinking mainly of who and when.

Some images: the ever reoccurring cappuccinos with a sober flower from Groningen; the heartbreaking au revoir of that sensual one night stand from Paris; the ruthless smile of mister Romantic from Milan at the Italy express; the final goodbye of an attractive “super farmer” heading for a local train to Alkmaar.

Lately I mainly come here before or after a visit to my old father who lives at the Veluwe. The food is nostalgically straightforward and straightforwardly nostalgic. I don’t know any other place where they serve the Russian Egg more authentically.

The large Jugendstil space looks pleasant. Beautiful palm trees in colossal blue pots dominate. The service is usually swift. The audience is sometimes quite interesting. The windows offer a typical Amsterdam view: rooftops and characteristic church spires. My favorite spot is the bench right at the entrance, with my back to the clocks of New York, Amsterdam and Tokyo.

The extensive menu has “aangeklede broodjes” (dressed sandwiches) (€ 4.25 - € 6.00), small dishes (€ 5.75 - € 15.50), large salads (€ 10.00) and snacks (€ 3.50 - € 11.50). The salads are called large for a reason: they are large, good and filling. You can order starters, mains and deserts all through the day. There’s a huge Delft Blue beer tap that’s being handled by a “classic” waiter with a long apron, a grey vest and a sparkling white shirt. I can’t remember whether he had flat feet!

The middle part of the place is suitable for a somewhat extended stay. This “exclusive” dining part used to be more visibly separated from the rest of the room. The linen is a thing of the past unfortunately. There’s still a separate menu (French orientated) and you can enjoy the location and the kitchen.

My good friend orders the Parma ham with melon and a red port jelly (€ 9.50). A classic dish like many others on the menu. The plate looks attractive and the taste is good. I choose the three-course 1e Klas dinner myself (E 28.50), which changes every week. I get smoked salmon in green for starters. No matter what they say about fish lately: I’m enjoying it.

My friend’s main dish consists of little sole rolls filled with salmon and a white wine sauce with grapes (E 20.50). Again a classic dish without flaws.

The garnishing of boiled new potatoes and a mix of vegetables with cauliflower, zucchini and yellow capsicum is fitting and well prepared. My rib-eye steak bathes in a spicy fragrant tomato sauce.

No “Wasserbombe” here! The homemade sorbet with fresh fruit is also superb. This is a stable kitchen and the service is pleasantly informal.

The grim woman with her fold-up bike is told off very correctly as to what is, and what’s not accepted at a 1st class venue.

The wine menu presents old as well as new wine regions. We choose an Italian Verdicchio (2003) for E 18.00. It suits very well.
Within two hours we consumed almost four year subscriptions to Gay News. If that is expensive we leave to your judgment. I heard recently that a man could reach 24 orgasms in that time-span. I can’t choose.

The impressive space boasts two remarkable busts. One they say is Richelieu, the other unknown. I fantasize Epicurus (341-271 B.C.). The Greek Philosopher who, according to Dutch poet Hans Warren, was looking for ways to make us mortals invulnerable. Who wouldn’t want that?

At home I find a suitable quote in his Letter about Happiness to close off this time: “Because a happy life does not come through a series of parties and play times with boys or women, or through delicious meals of fish and such, but through sensible reasoning, through finding out what’s behind preference or rejection, through banning thoughts from your head that confuse the mind.” I’ve made my choice.

Grand Café Restaurant 1st Class
Centraal Station Spoor 2B
kitchen is open untill 10pm
Tel (020) 6250131



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