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“Wonderful evening”
Review of Vinkeles

Vinkeles
Ranked #4 of 4,003 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $99 - $158
Cuisines: French, Contemporary, International
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Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
Description: Vinkeles is housed in an old bakery; which was set up in 1787 by the Regents of the Catholic Church, who at the time owned the building. The bakery flourished until 1811 and guests still can see the original ovens, which were discovered intact during restoration work.Echoing the décor of the hotel, Executive Chef Dennis Kuipers’ menu combines the traditional and the modern. The dishes served in Vinkeles show Kuipers’ love of the contemporary French cuisine. He combines the freshest ingredients to produce a menu that is delicious and unique to Vinkeles. In 2009 restaurant Vinkeles was awarded a Michelin star.
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Vinkeles is a lovely restaurant in a small hotel on the Keizersgracht) - yet is one of those happy combinations of beautifully prepared food, excellent wine, and friendly, comfortable atmosphere - not at all stuffy, but everything done to perfection without any fuss. The service was impeccable but the servers were relaxed and fun to talk with - and a chefs (a sous-chef?) brought one of dishes out of the kitchen himself. The menu was creative and presentations artful without trying too hard - we had a tasting menu of 4-5 dishes with wine pairings - a lot of fun. It's highly recommended for a special night out - go to be pampered all evening in a thoroughly enjoyable way.

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2  Thank EHfromCalifornia
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René B, General Manager at Vinkeles, responded to this reviewResponded September 5, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your experience in our restaurant.
It is great to read that you were pleased with the service provided by our staff.
We will be happy to welcome you again.

The Vinkeles Team

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Reviewed August 26, 2013

Book this restaurant in advance and also get the 7-course dinner. The chef's skills are amazing and it was one of the best dinners we had on our trip. We drank champagne with dinner, but the balance and taste is second to none. Save room for desert even if you don't get the tasting menu because the truffles pre-desert leave you wanting more!

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René B, General Manager at Vinkeles, responded to this reviewResponded September 2, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your nice review. We are glad that you have enjoyed our 7-course menu and we will be happy to welcome you again.

The Vinkeles Team

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Reviewed August 23, 2013

We had a remarkable dinner at Vinkeles Restaurant in Amsterdam, a Michelin One Star establishment, which, from our experience, is light a Star. . . We had the five course tasting menu with an added and wonderful cheese plate. Seafood was the star of the show: an amuse bouche of tuna tartare with wasabi ice cream (!), velvety raw herring in creme fraiche, a sensational turbot with octopus and tiny shrimp and heavenly smoked eel with tiny crisp puffed onions and vegetables. My wife's pigeon was spectacular - breast, loin, legs and heart-and my beef was smoky, fork-tender and delicious in an understated mustard sauce. We both had the apricot and white currant dessert, a tiny still life on a delicious base of dried fruit and nuts and a champagne ice. The service was warm, gracious and professional. In all, Michelin will soon revisit, see the error of their ways and upgrade this place to the Two Stars it deserves. Do not miss!

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René B, General Manager at Vinkeles, responded to this reviewResponded September 2, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for the great compliment about our restaurant. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed our five course tasting menu.

The Vinkeles Team

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Reviewed August 5, 2013

Beautiful dinning room in a well appointed and well looked after hotel. We ate at the brasserie as the main restaurant was under repair.
The suggestion of the day was a little bizarre, and in my taste heavy for a summer dinner: eggs benedict and a crispy duck noodle soup, so I opted for a salad and the soup. The salad came in a glass, the lettuce was delicious, young green beans in julienne and other crudités all very good and perfectly dressed. The noodle soup with cripsy duck was truly mouthwatering, favourful, light and delicious. The rest of the party had the gazpacho (very good) the beef (correct) and the fish (plaice, good). The waiter was kind and showed us the main restaurant which is lodged in the ground/lower floor of what used to be an Alms House, with the old baking brick ovens and floors recovered as decorative features.
Service was kind and very personable, however our experience over three days in Amsterdam in various restaurants has been that overall service is slowish and not as attentive at table as one woud expect. Perhaps this is because August is high season and it is a little more stretched.
A beautiful hotel and dinning room and I would be happy to return and to recomend Vinkeles.

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René B, General Manager at Vinkeles, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your dining experiences at Brasserie OCCO.

We are pleased to read that you have enjoyed our new Brasserie.

We are looking forward welcoming you next time around.

Kind regards,

The Dylan Team

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Reviewed August 5, 2013

We were staying at the Dylan and booked here for dinner.
We chose the tasting menu with matching wines.
The service was superb - the Maitre d was charming, as were all the staff. The attention to detail was excellent and the surroundings of the restaurant in the old bakery at the back of the Dylan hotel was a beautiful setting.
The food quality was superb. Each course was beautifully presented and the flavours were fantastic. The sommelier matched wines were different and delicious (and very generously poured!).
All in all, one of the best michelin starred meals I've had - not only for the food, but for the relaxed but professional ambiance that made the whole experience special.
I hope to be back!

2  Thank Phil R
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René B, General Manager at Vinkeles, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your dining experiences at Restaurant Vinkeles.

We loved being part of your gastronomical night out.

Also on behalf of our Maitre d we would be honored to see you next time around.

Kind regards,

The Vinkeles Team

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