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“Good vegetable dishes”
Review of Restaurant Vermeer

Restaurant Vermeer
Ranked #310 of 3,897 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $29 - $34
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.
Wormer, The Netherlands
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“Good vegetable dishes”
Reviewed December 23, 2013

Vermeer is a one Michelin star restaurant in the Barbizon hotel across the street from Central Station in Amsterdam. The degustation menu is called “From the Land Collection” and consists of 7 courses for 99 euros. Matching wines are 59 euros. We didn’t feel like having veal sweatbread, and were offered the chef’s signature vegetable dish instead.

It already becomes clear from the amuses bouche that the chef really loves vegetables. The first one is tomato sponge cake with pickled carrot, honey from the hotel’s roof beehive and mustard seeds. Something the chef calls ‘caponata’ but doesn’t really taste like that Sicilian dish. Very nice all the same. Melon gazpacho with tarragon granité. I think there also was some beetroot in there. The tarragon granité had great flavor. Pumpkin with roasted onion and what they call ‘tajine spices’ (a tajine is a Moroccan cooking vessel). A very good set of amuse bouche, 9/10.

The first course of the menu is a scallop with tarragon and chard, with a clam sauce and pickled fennel. The clam flavor could have been a bit stronger, but the scallop was perfectly cooked and nice with the tarragon and chard. The Italian white that was supposed to be the matching wine for this course was not available, and was substituted with a 2012 Chablis. The chablis was quite acidic and went well with the acidity of the pickled fennel, but the wine had a strong bitter note with the dish that it didn’t have when we tried it before the dish. 7/10

Zucchini soup and deep fried zucchini flower with raw scampi, hazelnut, and mispel, paired with a Portuguese white bossa (a local grape) from Beira Atlantico. The wine didn’t clash but didn’t do anything special either. I liked the courgette flower, but overall the dish was a bit low in taste. 7/10

Gurnard with crispy breadcrumbs and sage, artichoke, pickled mushrooms, and anchovies-garlic mayo. There was also a special type of herb that I had never seen or tasted before that was very fresh. The fish with the mayo was very nice. The fish was very crispy and almost (but not quite) overcooked. The wine pairing with an original tasting malvasia from Croatia again did not clash but did not make the dish or the wine taste any better either. 8/10

John Dory with tomato, smoked eel, ginger butter sauce, and kohlrabi, paired with a rosé from Provence. The fish was perfectly cooked and very tasty. The wine didn’t work very well with the butter sauce, but did work well with the other components on the plate. 8/10

The palette of individually prepared vegetables (raw, cooked, and marinated) is the signature dish of the chef. It is nice to eat at a restaurant of this level and get so many vegetables instead of a protein overdose. We even increased the amount of veggies by choosing this over the veal sweetbread. The veggies were all nice, but not special. The cava (Spanish sparkling wine) was a good match. 8/10

The main dish was oriental in style: duck breast with five-spice flavored duck demi-glace, poached prunes and snow peas. The duck was tender, but the skin wasn’t crispy. The poached prunes were nice, and I really liked the presentation of the snow peas with sesame seed that were cut as to resemble a Japanese seaweed salad. I liked the full flavor of the sauce, although there was perhaps a bit too much sichuan pepper in it. The matching Swiss red was not available and was substituted with a red from Rousillon that was not fruity enough for this dish. 8/10

The palate cleanser was quite sweet for a palate cleanser, but nice all the same.
The chocolate tart with rum ice cream was quite nice, and served with a Cream sherry (basically a thin version of PX). 8/10

The dinner was concluded with a nice selection of petit fours that came with our coffee and tea.

The food at Vermeer is good, especially if you like vegetables. The level of the dishes is quite constant, but less than at Bord’eau (which also had one star when I dined at Vermeer, now two, and similar prices), so I’m scoring 8/10 for the food. None of the wines pairings stood out, and although all the wines were good they did not stand out either, so 7/10 for the wine. The service was mostly fine, although on a few occasions we had to wait a bit too long, so 7.5/10 for the service.

  • Visited October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Excellent Food and Service”
Reviewed December 18, 2013

Enjoyed an excellent meal December 2013. The dining experience was exceptional, food amazing and staff very knowledgeably. Pre dinner drinks were severed by an open log fire, followed by the 7 course with matching wines menu. Our Sommelier 'Wesley' described each wine to perfection and offered alternatives for those who had a different palette. As each course arrived different Chefs would present and describe the dish, a great added touch.
Overall couldn't fault this for a business or special occasion, and as located by Centraal Station is positioned well to explore Amsterdam.

  • Visited December 2013
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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“Our favorite restaurant experience ever”
Reviewed December 15, 2013

In Amsterdam, if you would like a superb Michelin star dinner served by an extraordinary staff that manages to combine a respectful attitude with a quality of personal friendliness, you should not miss the Vermeer Restaurant. We started with aperitif before a cozy fire in the lounge, where we were served first one amuse bouche and then another. One was prepared dramatically before our eyes by freezing a tarragon sauce with dry ice. I ordered the four-course menu and my husband the seven-course menu with wine pairing. Each course was served with the same graceful but friendly attitude by the servers, who gave interesting explanations of the creative and extremely delicious combination of local ingredients by their talented chef. We would definitely recommend the wine pairing, since the sommelier was amazing and had chosen excellent wines - in some cases unusual choices - all of which we loved. We asked for and received a list of the wines so that we could try to duplicate them at home. This was one of the best restaurant experiences we have ever had and one I would recommend to all our friends. We are eager to return.

  • Visited December 2013
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Paris, France
Level 6 Contributor
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“Hi end restaurant that fancies itself”
Reviewed December 10, 2013

The Vermeer is centrally located just across from Central Station, It is fitted out like a stylish house from the last century. Clearly they think they are great and most reviewers agree with them. I found the experience OK but not fantastic. Some things are incongruous - fancy restaurant with all the clients dressed to impress, but the maitre D wears jeans and sneekers. I had a hashed pumpkin starter (very interesting texture, nice taste), then their signature dish of mixed vegetables (ouff) and then reindeer (good but tiny portions). Dessert was all (intense) choclate. Not somewhere I would go back to.

  • Visited December 2013
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Zurich, Switzerland
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“Excellent food and service”
Reviewed November 26, 2013

A group of us dined here and our experience was quite nice.
We were offered either a four or seven course menu or a la carte. We chose the four course menu with the wine paring.
I had venison which was exquisite!
Service was wonderful and attentive. A very good evening out.

  • Visited November 2013
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