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“Indulged at the Chef's Table”
Review of Restaurant Vermeer

Restaurant Vermeer
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Ranked #188 of 4,304 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$31 - US$36
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: 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.
Reviewed 28 July 2014

What a memorable night at Restaurant Vermeer’s Chef’s Table. Their food, wine and service are indeed a holy trinity! We had the tasting menu – certain in the knowledge that Chris (Chef) and Simon (Sommelier) would know better than us the perfect combinations of courses and wines. We weren’t disappointed.

The food is beautifully presented (for the salmon course I actually hesitated to eat it as to cut in to it seemed slightly sacrilegious) and all the ingredients speak for themselves – some so fresh they have come direct from the restaurant’s roof garden. I couldn’t drink wine the next day, as it all tasted like vinegar in comparison to the nectars my taste buds had gotten used to the night before! The service was attentive and made us feel indulged, yet there was no stuffiness and everyone was happy to answer our many questions. It was clear that everyone on the team is passionate about the Restaurant and for one night, as the end recipients of all the care and attention which goes in to their food, drink and service, we were made to feel like all that effort and passion was just for us.

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1  Thank RosieHib
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

Picked this restaurant based on 'michelin' rating - we like to visit one whenever we make a 'european city' trip. It certainly did not disappoint - the food and service was immaculate, with a great ambiance and several hidden surprises in the tasting menu. An evening to remember for a long time!

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Reviewed 24 July 2014

The food is great. Get the fixed menu with the wine pairing. Simon, the sommelier, will make the meal an incredible experience for you.

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Thank MinnesotaTim
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

WE had the seven course from the land menu. It started with 3 or 4 amuse bouche ; one had dry ice smoking all over the prep table.

We choose a Dutch white wine to go with all the courses that was not as dry as I would have liked.

Everything that comes out of the kitchen has fresh herbs from the rooftop garden....very creative and added to the tastes on the plate.

There were probably 3 or 4 pre desserts + the main dessert. it all was excellent.

As usual, we had many questions for our servers and they answered them all. At the end of the meal we met Chef Christopher Naylor and thanked him for a great meal.

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1  Thank mjm814
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

Visited Vermeer on the recommendation of a friend. We went for the 7 course from the land menu with wine matching. It was an amazing meal from start to finish, service was great and the sommelier was very informative and great fun. It was expensive but well worth it.

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Thank Pamster72
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