I think food is like wine. There is no "correct" choice as far as which wine is best for you. Its a personal thing really. And I know that VTer factor15 from London will disagree with me here, but the food at five flies was delicious and by far the best I had in Amsterdam.
I did the 5 course tasting menu for 44.25 Euros. Each dish was unveiled with an artistic visual flare and each bite was equally sumptuous. The five plates: veal tartare, Poultry liver (pictured), filet of rabbit, suckling pig, and a super delicious strawberry sorbet. I also ordered their bottled water which came in their own private Five Flies label for 3.95 euros and had a glass of El Portillo malbec for only 4.25 euros.
The rabbit was especially impressive. Many times I've had rabbit before only to bite into a piece of meat as chewy as a piece of leather. The rabbit here was tender Fillet of saddle of rabbit with deep-fried asparagus, glazed shallots,
broad beans and creamy jus--very good.
Dutch cuisine isn't generally world famous for the quality of its food, but Five Flies head chef Rene Cramer gives Dutch food culinary excellence with a modern French influenced form using organic ingredients as much as possible.
The service at the restaurant was equally impressive. I wrote an email requesting a reservation. Within 1 day they wrote back and the tone of their letter was VERY cordial thanking me for my reservation and wishing me well during my stay in Holland. The server was equally knowledgeable about the food and asked if I was allergic to any ingredients or averse to any substances.
Ambiance wise, they have 9 separate dining rooms in 5 canal houses decorated with artifacts from Hollands Golden Age--including 4 original Rembrandts. No music was played and the other patrons were 40-60 years of age--at least in the dining room I was in.
Of all the restaurants I went to in Amsterdam during my 7 night stay, this will be the one I WILL RETURN to when I visit again.
Favorite Dish: End your meal with some Dutch gin including the restaurants own version.
the d'vijff vlieghen, (the five flies), is a wonderful old dutch restaurant in central amsterdam. located in several 17th century canal houses it is an unique dining experience. the period rooms are very interesting and the restaurant has four original rembrandt etchings on display on the walls. the food and service is excellent. expensive but well worth it. reservations recommended. pictured is one of the original rembrant etchings on display at the d'vijff vliegen.
"d'Vijff Vlieghen" (5 flies) might seem to be an inauspicious name for a restaurant.
Not to worry.. this is one of the better restaurants in Amsterdam.
"New Dutch Cuisine" is what d'Vijff Vlieghen produces, using only fresh Dutch products...
with organically grown vegetables as much as possible.
If you want to splurge on good top-shelf Dutch food... along with another good Dutch restaurant, Vermeer,
this is one good place to do it.
Favorite Dish: Entree/appetizer .. stewed eel w/ potatoes..
Main course.. Grilled Dutch beef filet with cheese...
They have 4, 5, and 6 course Prix Fix dinner menus as well ( 39, 44, and 51 Euro respectively in 2002).
Dress code: Dress "up" a little. And be sure to make and check reservations.. this place is popular ... and not cheap.
d'Vijff Vlieghen or Five Flies is a top restaurant located in in five authentic 17th century Amsterdam buildings. The name originates from the first house owner: Jan Janszoon Vijff Vlijghen.
It all started when in 1939 art and antique dealer Nicolaas Kroese opened a public house, offering his guests fine French & Hungarian wines and Amstel beer.
A very old and famous restaurant. Neat atmosphere with heavy oak beams and narrow walkways. It is 5 house linked together and that is where the name originated.
Favorite Dish: They have a great steamed veggie plate that a Dutch girl turned me on to.
The food is very nice, a little expensive, but very nice. The service is excellent. But what's fantastic is the restaurant itself. Great building. It has many rooms, with different themes. You should book to sit for sure. I saw suits and backpacks.
This restaurant is made up of five 17th century terraced houses. The decor is very traditionally Dutch, with low beam ceilings, interesting architectural details and indirect lighting. There are different rooms to eat in, each with a theme. We ate in the Rembrandt Room that has two of the artists drawings on display. Another room has a rare collection of 17th century glass. The atmosphere is very intimate and is perfect for a nice romantic meal.
Favorite Dish: Very difficult to say! We opted for the 5-course 'surprise' meal. The waiters brought out whatever the chef prepared, starting with a lovely chicken and asparagus terrine wrapped in bacon and ending with a sort of ice cream scented with rosemary and anise. In between was mullet in beurre blanc with herbs, a half quail in a vanilla sauce and duck breast on chicory. The cuisine is new Dutch and very good quality. The service was extremely professional without being pretentious. Nice for a wee treat!