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“A wonderful and memorable meal”
Review of Restaurant Vermeer

Restaurant Vermeer
Ranked #315 of 3,955 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $29 - $35
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Red Light District (De Wallen)
Description: Restaurant Vermeer just opposite Amsterdam’s Central Station in the Barbizon Palace Hotel is one of the finest restaurants in the city. The luxurious Old Dutch décor – marble tiled floors, monumental fireplaces, Delft tiles and plates, austere chandeliers – does suggest something of the master painter’s interiors. But it would take more than a servant-girl’s pearl earring wages to properly enjoy a meal at Vermeer. This is Michelin-starred, high-end, complex, refined European cuisine under the deft hand and watchful eye of Chris Naylor. The menu includes various irresistible multi-course and tasting options, and, while it changes with the season, offers dishes like starter of caviar and Colchester oysters served with veal tongue, truffle, red beet and seaweed chutney, main course of penne pasta with pheasant, walnuts, acorn bread and oloroso crème, and dessert of custard tart with figs, muscovado sugar and raisins. The wine list includes more than 300 labels, and you’ll want to avail yourself of the excellent sommelier’s opinions. Two private rooms can accommodate up to 20 or 30 respectively for memorable celebrations and events.
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“A wonderful and memorable meal”
Reviewed May 7, 2013 via mobile

This place is absolutely first class in every way. Head chef Chris Naylor trained under Albert Roux and follows the master's philosophy of lettings the finest ingredients speak for themselves. The imaginative wine parings are in the same league. Mortgage your grandmother and eat here!

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“A full-on taste and pleasure experience.”
Reviewed April 24, 2013

An unbelievable dining experience! I can fully agree with most of the reviewers that this is one of the best restaurants in Amsterdam ... but beware certainly not cheap in fact the only misleading info was actually the TA 'price range' of €25-28 You'll need to double that for not very much.
We opted for the 7 course taster with accompanying wines, sommelier was entertainment in itself, wines selected were mostly very good if not sensational , and as you would expect very well suited for the varying subtleties between , for example, a prawn foam, then cod ensemble then seabass to name three plates. Desserts followed suit - with designer style plates loaded with taste bombs.
Our total bill for the Tasting menu with wines was €420 for two< Was it good value?? It was right at the top end of the tolerance scale .... only very slightly nudged over by the €9 for a cup of green tea for my somewhat inebriated wife (which they could have thrown in as they had orchestrated her condition!).... but that certainly wouldn't stop us going back!

  • Visited April 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed April 12, 2013

We recently enjoyed a wonderful evening at this restaurant. The dining room was lovely, the food was outstanding and the service 5 star. We chose the tasting menu with wine pairings and couldn't have been more delighted.The Chef Christopher Naylor was so informative and cheerfully answered our questions about the menu. The Maitre d'hôtel Niek Beute was absolutely charming and very professional with a deep knowledge of wine and food . A memorable evening. I hope to have the chance to return.

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank Pollybelle
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Very luxury restaurant and not very expensive at the same time. The food is gourmet style and the service is professional.

Visited May 2012
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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“Best restaurant of my life”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

Some describe the decor of this restaurant as "simple" or "sober". I don't understand that. I think it is quite lush, with great lighting, paintings, a fireplace, flower arrangements. I really loved it. The stone floor did not cause noises. Take the restaurant entrance at left, not that of the hotel.
8 tables, set wide apart so you don't hear your neighbours very well. I had asked and got a table in the back corner. Had a special winter menu for a very good price, which is over now.
Various small starters (amuses), 4 courses of mainly vegetables, all very delicious and soft.
Great service. We sat there for 4 hours but never had to wait long. Took no wine arrangement but had a glass of 10 year old Madeira (about 10 euro a glass), as I love this wine and island, and nothing is too strange for them. Even the head chef came to our table.
No music and I love that as I need quietness which this restaurant gave superbly despite being full. With our tea came some small sweets which we could take home in a small box.
Everything was perfect and so this was my best restaurant experience.
I hope they get their second Michelin star back (now one). At about 25th place of best Dutch restaurants (of a culinary magazine).

  • Visited March 2013
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2 Thank dutchguy
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