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Amsterdam - d'Vijff Vlieghen

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Amsterdam - d'Vijff Vlieghen

Reynold | Nov 18, 2007 01:57 PM

My mouth waters just thinking about place. It is very expensive and very worth it. The address is 294-302 Spuistraat. Their website is www.thefiveflies.com. It could be the best meal in Holland (which ordinarily would not be much of an accomplishment, trust me, but this place is world class). The premises consist of five adjoining 17th-century houses and there are 9 interconnected dining rooms. Art and antiques abound. Our first starter was mackerel confit in lime oil with deep-fried shrimp and glasswort sauce (photo 1, €12.00). Awesome. The lime oil was really a foam; bits of bacon were good; we could taste a chicken-spinach broth; cornichon pickles were nice. The next starter was sauteed duck liver with tarte tatin of shallot and preserved grapefruit peel (photo 2, €16.50). Stunning. These were long French shallots; the liver was gently soft, apparently cooked at a very low temperature. The grapefruit peel was encased in bacon, a bit too oily. Starter three was crispy fried beal brisket with beef marrow, asparagus, and compote of pear and mustard seeds (sorry no photo, €12.75), which was just magnificent. The marrow was molded into a cylinder, and the pear compote tasted somewhat of apple. We had two main dishes. First was grilled turbot with chanterelles, celeriac cream, and pumpkin coulis (photo 3, €33.50). Turbot is still just turbot and the fish had a fairly plain taste. The vegetable elements were interestingly complex, though. Then we had grilled veal fillet with crispy fried sweetbreads, green asparagus tips, and a croquette of mashed endives and potato (photo 4, €34.50). The sweetbreads were formed into a loaf; the veal was beefy and red. The vegetables and sauce were very fresh which complemented the rich meats. Service was friendly and helpful, in no way pushy or pretentious.

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