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“Just try it!!!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Vis & Ko

Vis & Ko
Spaarne 96, Haarlem, The Netherlands
00315127990
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Ranked #2 of 176 restaurants in Haarlem
Price range: $55 - $81
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Vis en Ko is a top-class fish restaurant set in a grand French-style building. The great expertise of the sommelier make you want to taste the wines even more.
Zandvoort, The Netherlands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“Just try it!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Delicious and waste of time NOT going there.....atmosphere is great and so is the food. It was really great to eat there...............Go!!!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
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English first
Heemstede, The Netherlands
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great food, great location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

For those who love to eat fish, this is the place to be. Every dish is a surprise. Located in the old center of Haarlem, by the canal, it is also a pleasure to go for a walk after dinner.
They served a great set of fine wines too. I would definitely recommend this place to fishlovers.

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Misgav
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Pleasant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Pleasant place to eat lunch - the portions were a little on the small side - food was well presented

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Jacksonville, Florida
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83 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
“Worth a detour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

I don't give easily a 5 star review but in this case, I feel compelled to do it.
- Location: in Haarlem downtown, close to a river and walking distance from most museums.
- Premises : Old building, but entirely renovated. Open kitchen, but no noise or odors.
- Staff: all young, but surprisingly very professional.

Now about our dinner. We were a party of 4.
We had a 3 course prix fixe menu (Euros 42).
At lunch time, the menu is Euros 38. On the menu, there are also small portions à la carte, mostly comprised in a range Euros 6-12.

What we had:
- Starters. Tuna with greens and yoghourt. Coquilles St Jacques. Bouillabaisse.
All three dishes were excellent. The bouillabaisse was not exactly a Marseille bouillabaisse, and more like enhanced fish soup, but it was really outstanding, with fresh ingredients.

- Entrées. Halibut with smoked eel & sabayon crême of peas. Absolutely no glitch.

- Desserts. Panacota marinated with sabayon of strawberries. Fresh and delicious.

Each dish was a discovery. Staff was efficient, friendly, always on time but no pressure to hurry.

Where I would give a 3 star only is the wine list, somewhat overpriced.

I will definitely go back, when in the area.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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33 restaurant reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Top 2 restaurants in Haarlem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

Lambermons has always been our favourite in Haarlem. Finding good restaurants in Haarlem can be a challenge, after all we are spoilt by the choices in Maastricht, where we used to live.

We have tried several recommended "good" restaurants in Haarlem, only to return to Lambermons. Although the last experience in Lambermons made us wonder if the chef was trying a little TOO HARD, too many elements in a dish. However, we enjoyed every visit to Lambermons.

Finally we had visited Vis & Ko last night. I had read some reviews of the restaurant and I have to agree to some that the taste is a little too subtle. However, my partner was very satisfied with all of the dishes. We had a 5 course meal, exchanging the smoked salmon for langoustine and lobster (from the "a la carte" menu).

The food (although a little too subtle for my taste) were well prepared and nicely thought out for without trying too hard to impress. Not at michelin level (that's why they didn't get one yet!) but we would certainly return. Serious eating out in Haarlem would be between Lambermons, Vis & Ko until we try out Truffles and Noor (which were highly recommended "online"). Spektakels did not do well enough for us to want to spend money again with them.

It's quite odd to read about the bad services at Vis&Ko, we had superb service from the young attendants, most of them speak good English.

WINE: The wine is generally above average (my partner had pairing for 5 course) but the pairing with the more "powerful" dishes were not ideal. Fresh sauvignon blanc (though mixed with some chardonnay) was still not enough to handle dish with soy sauce.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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