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“Pleasant” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Vis & Ko - CLOSED

Vis & Ko
Price range: $55 - $81
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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.
Misgav
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68 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 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
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Food
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Thank young-fellow
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Jacksonville, Florida
Level Contributor
197 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 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
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
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Thank JP M
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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 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
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Food
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Thank MyTasteHisTaste
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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191 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Bit of a disappointment”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

With high expectations we entered the nice venue in downtown historic haarlem. Choose the 5 course menu (4 fish and a desert) and had to conclude that the desert was the most interesting dish. a bit weird for a fish restaurant. service was kind but very amateuristic. forgetting the wine, forgetting to call the taxi, putting unasked for drinks on the table and add them to the bill and some other minor flaws. if the food had been inspiring, this would all have been charming, but with mediocre dishes and a pretty high bill, it became irritable. won't see us again at this place.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
      Food
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1 Thank Adamgraffiti
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BUITENKAAG
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“a vibrant, culinary experience in a great location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

Personal, unrushed service, relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere, open kitchen where one can watch the professional chefs at work, refined and defined flavours in the menu. I am very much looking forward to a return visit!

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2 Thank Sally M
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