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“'still suffering from inconsistency' ...” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Mercat

Mercat
Oostelijke Handelskade 4, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Formerly Panama)
020 - 344 64 24
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Ranked #1,743 of 2,460 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Cuisines: Mediterranean
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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139 reviews 139 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
“'still suffering from inconsistency' ...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

Been to this place - a 'local' - 3 times in the past month ... by all standards, an 'inconsistent experience' ....
first time - serrano manchego salad with bravas sauce, manchego got left out... after being informed, they brought a sideplateful to compensate ...langostino salad good, garlic chicken was 'delicious' , crema catalan 'average and overpriced'.. good carajillo ..
second visit, serrano manchego revisited, all ingredients present but bravas sauce 'less accomplished' .. iberico porkloin with pork ragout was 'knockout' ..
third visit, langostino salad shrunk half in size, mingy as hell, charcuterie plate average, gambas plancha 'average' ..

This place is still suffering from inconsistency, so whether you get a 'really good meal' will be a pot-luck affair until they sort this out ... based on the 'most recent experience', it gets 'average' 3 stars .. though very easily it could get a higher grade, if they just get their act together ..

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Oxford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Service first and then the rest.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

Made a booking and came 10 minutes before as I didn't know much about how far from my hotel it was. When arrived no one approached us for about 5 minutes to greeted us and to sit us. When that happened it was the manager who told us that our table was going to be readyin a matter of 5 to 10 minutes and asked us to wait on the bar. 52 minutes waited there and then when our table was given no one came to apologize for the waiting and the waitress took also her time to come to us to place our order. It shows that the service in general was poor but then when the food arrived it looked from frozen, tasteless and obviusly I coldn't say anything as not check back was given...

  • Visited February 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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114 reviews 114 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Mwaaaaah”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

In short: had breakfast here and service was very slow (despite almost empty restaurant) and food almost put us to sleep again. My advice: don't go out of your way to get here.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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73 reviews 73 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Tapas bar in a different way...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This is more a restaurant than a bar to be honest... The Spanish food that they serve is really good, but are tapas served in "plate way"...
The quality is very good...
On Sunday´s is full of people... and to park the car around there is quite good...

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“mercat is not spanish”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

we read the review in parool a while ago were it was given a 9.5!!!! we would give it a 6 max. the food is cooked before hand. all chefs were just standing around in the kitchen only heating up food not actually cooking. we had patatas bravas, not spicy not crunchy. the huevo crujiente was some kind of a joke. please avoid. gambas pil pil ok. as a main i had pollo al.ajillo. again warm nothing was piping hot not too good and my partner had roasted rack of lamb. for 23.50 we have eaten better lamb. i booked for our aniversary and let them know. they actually gave us anice little table and a complimentary cava. i am spanish and i will not go back. shame as the place is beautiful and has a lot of potential but they have decided to go through the easy food road.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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