A new opening for 2010, Bridges replaces the popular Cafe Roux, which was known as an intimate spot for a little romantic nibble. Bridges is entirely different, and all the better for it. It is bright, open and modern, and serves some spectacular seafood. The largeness and emptiness of the space can mean the acoustics are a little off-putting, but the food itself is a series of aquatic treats. It’s not quite modern enough to have moved on from the ‘foam’ phenomenon of the mid noughties, but most preparations are well considered and make use of excellent ingredients. Those preparations vary wildly, from French influenced (monkfish with foie gras) to Indian (curried lobster) to south-east Asian (halibut with saté, pak choi and Cajun nuts), but all tend to work well. There is a raw bar, for those that fancy a sushi fix, and the newness of the place has attracted a trendy crowd of Amsterdammers, business folk and well-informed tourists.