Five Flies – Amsterdam

D’Vijff Vlieghen (Five Flies) is an Amsterdam restaurant (recommended by Sharon) with 9 rooms, and a very old world feel and charm.  Once more, a tasting menu, with the wine pairing.

Amuse Bouche: Green bean mousse with herb foam.

First Course: Tartare of tuna with mousse of celeriac, pickles, and pureed seaweed and wasabi dots, with a balsamico drizzle.  This was served with South African Sauvignon Blanc.  Very good, but didn’t knock our socks off.

Second Course:  Filet of Place (from the North Sea) with caramelized leeks and spinach puree.  Served with Joseph Drouhin Pouilly Fuisse 2007.  Great tasting fish, but too many tiny bones.

Third Course: Pork with asparagus, hollandaise sauce, poached egg.  Served with Dutch Cuvee XII – very much like a Reisling.  Best ham & eggs we had on this trip!

Fourth Course: The cheese course had a brie, goat and blue, served with 2 sweet breads and an apple syrup.  This was served with an unidentified but allegedly 15 year old Port.  One of the “breads” was really more like compressed fruit, and although the cheese was ordinary (having had much cheese on this trip), the whole thing was great with the wine.

Sixth Course: Cheesecake with berries and raspberry ice cream.  Served with Tanaya Muscat from Chile.  I found this wine too sweet.

On the whole, good food, good service – perhaps we’d already eaten too well in other places on this trip to appreciate it fully.

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