We wanted to properly say goodbye to our dear friends who are emigrating to Australia and in honour of that, we wanted to have a diner at very nice restaurant. After looking at some nice restaurants, my eyes were caught by the colours of this restaurant! Wow! Then when we looked at the menu, we were hooked and booked a table for 4, we can honestly say, we were pleasantly surprised. The Restaurant is located next to the river 'De Vecht', which runs through the old and tiny village of Vreeland, which is situated the province of Utrecht. Reception at the door was friendly, although they couldn't find our reservation easily. We were seated and a little tabel for my handbag was brought at the same time, which was just lovely. The Restaurant has been renovated a few years ago as they wanted a fresh new look and that definitely happened. What beautiful colours of blue that refer to the River 'De Vecht' and all the gold accents here and there, elegant and mysterious at the same time. We were offered to try a range of Oysters by the host, but as we were choosing a 6 course menu, we didn't and that was a good decision, as the portions served here are good but definitely not small. There is also a 4 or 8 course menu. Prices are reasonable. The 6 course menu had the following dishes; Fruits de mer – Crab – coquilles – Perch Fillet – dove – Irish coffee. All dished were absolutely sublime and beautifully made up on exceptionally nice plates. In between we were also spoiled with very tasty amuses and a very nice and fluffy Souffle after dessert. They definitely know how to make a great Souffle! Fantastic! We had one person in our company that cannot eat onion or Garlic, so some things (mainly sauces) had to be changed for her which was not a problem for the kitchen at all and nevertheless just as sublime. The Chef himself came to serve the Coquille and ask if everything was ok, which was very attentive. Do keep in mind though, the menus can only be ordered by the whole table, if you wish to change a dish, that is OK, but there is a little supplement. The Sommelier served some nice wines that perfectly paired with the different tastes of the menu. The Coffee is served with some home made friandises and they come in a wooden cloak with a charming story about the bridge outside the Restaurant, do ask staff about it. Staff is friendly but a bit chaotic in the beginning but they picked themselves up and improved. The Restaurant has rooms upstairs, so if you feel like staying, they do have that as an option as well as a Private dining room and I have a feeling the rooms look just as nice as the Restaurant. Then as the Restaurant is situated next to a River, boat tours are also possible, which I could definitely recommend, knowing the surrounding area with beautiful nature. Last but not least practicalities; parking is possible on their parking area, for free and you can pay with Debit & Credit card, but also cash.
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