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Review of Le Vieux Jean

Le Vieux Jean
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Ranked #7 of 236 Restaurants in Delft
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $41 - $68
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Sfeer- en stijlvol restaurant in het hartje van het Oude Delft. Hedendaagse keuken met een klassieke basis en een wijnkaart voor liefhebbers. Naast het a la carte restaurant heeft Le Vieux Jean 2 kamers voor Private dining van 8 tot 36 personen.
Reviewed September 2, 2013

“The old Jan” is a really nice and cosy restaurant in the centre of Leiden with a very, very good kitchen.
Although we planned to go to the movies, after reading the menu we choose to take a 5-course meal and skip the cinema! And we were not disappointed.

We were served a lovely amuse of a little glas with melon with strings of Iberico ham, and the fried bal (‘bitterbal’) with cheese filling. As a starter we got a terrine of sweet red pepper, ‘hollandse’ grey shrimps and a warm wild gamba. My messmate got lovely veal tartare with tomato salsa.
The second course was plaice fish with sauce of chanterelles mushrooms.
Then we received a dish with guinea fowl with Szechuan sauce, a cannelloni of pak choi and potato mousseline.
The main course was three preparations of lamb with some Provencal veggies.
We swopped the cheese plate for a macaroon with raspberries, sorbet icecream of raspberries and raspberries sauce.
And as dessert we got a terrine of poached peach, Italian meringue and peach sorbet icecream.
Although we actually were satisfied, we ordered an additional dessert, because there were too many tasty desserts on the menu. We finalised with crème brûlée of ‘Haagse Hopjes’ with white chocolate, and the messmate had lime-parfait (special icecream) with red fruits and vanilla sabayon.
At the end we had tea with friandises (coconut macaroon, brownie, cookie, chocolate almonds).
We paid euro 160 for this outstanding evening for two (no wines taken). The service was friendly, professional and pleasant.

We highly recommend every food-lover to visit this restaurant for an exquisite dinner!

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Reviewed July 11, 2013

Excellent service is the trade mark of Vieux Jean. The menu choices are not extensive but each dish hints at a culinary treat and does not fail to deliver. The restaurant is cosy with crisp linens and a warm ambiance. If possible go with the wines recommended for your selection as it will only enhance the experience. My one disappointment was the Pistachio ice cream which sadly was not Pistachio but the watery marzipan flavour which now and then pops up under that name. Otherwise a lovely experience.

Thank Two_Thomases
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

We are lucky to go without reserve, though dinner is only allow in 1.5hour. We have ordered 3 courses. The first one, dry duck as the starter. Dish is beautiful as well as tasty. For main, we have chosen a monk fish and the beef. No negative about the dishes. Finally, dessert is a good end for our meal. The restaurant is a bit cosy in Delft, but try once is a must!

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Thank Waterhk
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

I've been to Le Vieux Jean quite a few times in the past years, and I was never disappointed. The food is always excellent and the wine choice is absolutely fabulous and does not need to cost you an arm and a leg, as the sommelier, in my experience, always recommends appropriate and reasonably priced wines, although the wine list usually contains plenty of exorbitantly priced wines too. I usually go for a set or the surprise menu, and I was never disappointed. I am not bothered by the relatively cramped space, that's just old Delft. When I go with a larger group (for business usually) I try to get one of the private rooms upstairs where you have more leg and arm room and nobody else bothers you. To me, this restaurant earns a Michelin star, wonder why they haven't made it so far.

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Thank inman1
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

We had a 6-persons dinner at Le Vieux Jean on a Saturday evening. Noticing that the restaurant was fully booked it's probably wise to make an advance reservation, at least for Friday's and weekends.
We had a very good dinner: menu offers fine choice, there is a large (mainly French) wine list. Owner and staff were very friendly, the restaurant offered a nice, relaxed atmosphere. Only negative comment we can think of is the fact the the kitchen was probably stretched to its capacity limit, with a fully booked restaurant and a 20-persons group in one of the upstairs separate function rooms.
Certainly a place we'd recommend for a nice dinner evening.

Thank TravellerJanWaalre
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