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“Fantastic!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurant Vermeer

Restaurant Vermeer
Prins Hendrikkade 59-72 (NH Barbizon Palace Hotel), 1012 Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District)
020-556-4885
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Ranked #49 of 2,435 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Price range: $31 - $36
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Red Light District
London, United Kingdom
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13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Fantastic!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

It is not just about the food, although that is certainly the main event and our experience of the food at Restaurant Vermeer was fantastic; there are a lot of superlatives I could use. The service was attentive without being intrusive, the ambience trés chic, yet comfortable. As the ‘amuse bouche’were slowly presented – some clever things with raw rhubarb and fennel; a mouthful of the most wonderful wild mushroom, salmon roe and lovage; and finally a mixologist chemist’s delight, a piece of theatre only a cloud of liquid nitrogen can bring, a quasi martini of gin and tarragon sorbet on a cocktail puree of melon and smoked tea – seriously lush….. – we were only going to need the 4 course. With matching wines of course!

Menu’s can often tell lies – either a little too much information, that you can be disappointed by the final delivery, or sometimes a little too information, that you think the chef has not skill or imagination at all. The chef at Restaurant Vermeer clearly favours the less is more approach; imagination and skill he and his team have comes in heaps. He did pop out to serve the third course (which was a very nice touch) and say hello, it was a good lesson that even a piece of humble salmon can be tuned into a plate of artisitic and taste brilliance – flowers, peas, little foams and sauces, dressed so beautifully on the plate I did not know whether to eat it or hang it on the wall. The second was a piece of seabass in the most richly flavoured shitake mushroom bouillon accompanied with pieces of different seaweeds. The sauce was so delicious and perfectly balanced with the fish. The sommelier was extremely knowledgeable and paired the course with a slightly chilled Bader Dornfelder, which worked perfectly. I think somewhere in there, there was a darling little soup, but now to the third course of lamb – pieces of super sweet and so pink lamb from various muscle groups, with little root vegetables and carrot jus – heaven on a plate. I thought desert was going to be a bit disappointing, surely there is only so much you can do with strawberries – wrong again. Like Vermeer himself, ever so clever, ever so simple, the last course was a delicate balance of textures and flavours that perfectly complemented each other. Washed down with a large glass of delicious Beaumes de Venise, the sweetness and acidity came alive on your tongue – they are a clever lot at Restaurant Vermeer – excellent local produce, efficient friendly staff and a super clever kitchen. I won’t bore you with the details of the little macaroons and petits fours, but the last mouthful we had was one of those OMG moments, as crispy hard and super soft jelly chocolate broke out like an egg across your tongue. Yep we only needed 4 courses and it will be the first place I book next time we are in Amsterdam!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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48 reviews 48 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Almost to much”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We had wanted to go here for some time, and bang a special dinner deal arrived and we couldn't resist. |The reception in the lounge was a surprise and the home made glas of bubbels with magnolia flavor a great start to the meal.
The evening went on as a lovely culinary evening for us foodies, with several special and very tasty amuses. The veal cheek was a delight and the choices of wines in the tasting menu perfect. The signature dish, a vegetable dish of many vegetables all individually prepared look great but could have done with a manual, personally i liked it best when taking several vegetables at once, making all the tastes come together. It may have been rude to shuffle this beautifull creation like a common salad, but that is how i liked it best.
A slight drawback came with the dessert amuse (the size of an average dessert) and the chocolate cake with ice (almost a grand dessert) that we found way to heavy handed after the extensive menu with very decent portions.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Excellent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

I was looking for nice restaurant nearby the hotel that we're going to stay. Vermeer was one of the restaurant in NH Barbizon Palace hotel. I even didn't know that it is one of the michelin star restaurant when I had made a reservation. It was lucky for me to book the day before we arrived.

My mom and I had four courses meal which was seasonal menu. Both of us have low tolerance for alcohol so we said when the staff asked about ordering wine. They made one of amuse bouches for us with ginger ale instead of some alcohol. We really appreciated! Also, all amuse bouches tastes were so good.

First dish was red gurnard which was baked on bread with sage, anchovies, lemon and artichoke. It was really delicious.
Second dish was 25 different kinds of vegetable casserole. It was fun to taste each vegetable made in different way of cooking.
Main dish was veal cheek with apricot and red cabbage. It was the best! We consistantly talked each other it was really tasty and delicious and its flavor was extremely good.
The last but not least, chocolate tart with ice cream as a dessert was yammy.

All staff was attentive and nice. The atmosphere was warm and decoration was decent.

We really enjoyed the very first dinner in Amsterdam. If I ever have another chance to visit Amsterdam, I definitely have dinner here again. Love it.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Excellent food and wine in a relaxed atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Vermeer has long been on my wishlist of restaurants to eat in. A one Michelin star restaurant, I had always thought that it might be a bit stiff or pretentious, but nothing could be further from the truth.
My friend and I were welcomed in the restaurant lounge with an aperitif, which was accompanied by some lovely little appetisers. We then enjoyed a set four-course menu with matching wines. The food was beautifully presented and tasted amazing. We started with fish, beautifully seared, followed by their vegetable platter. This contained some 20 different vegetables, all finely sliced to look like a summery salad. The next course was veal, which was very slowly cooked and tasted divine. We finished with a little slice of chocolate gateau, which again was beautiful.
The wines were a perfect accompaniment, certainly not the standard choices and the staff told us a little about each wine when serving.
The restaurant itself had about 12 (?) tables, so the staff had enough time to look after all their guests. The atmosphere was very relaxed, there was time for a joke and a little chat and the staff really ensured that everybody had a very enjoyable evening.
We have already decided we'll come back and I can only recommend this restaurant. Do make a reservation, as especially in the weekends they are usually booked a few weeks in advance.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Superb - a must when in Amsterdam”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

If you enjoy good food you'll enjoy Restaurant Vermeer in Amsterdam.....half a dozen table in a simple white room...great food....discrete service.....what you'd expect from a michelin restaurant....we'll be recommending this place to all of our friends and will be making sure to book a table for our next visit to Amsterdam....you have the choice of two four course or two seven set course set menu's or an a la carte menu of three starters, three mains and three desserts to choose from....nothing on the menu wasn't of interest....we didn't try the wine paring preferring to choose our own wine...that worked for us....

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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