As someone who lived in the Netherlands for seven months, I feel I have something to objectively say about Dutch cuisine, especially as I spent the vast majority of my time hopping from cafe to cafe in search of the perfect latte and broodje (sandwich).
Studying in the picturesque city of Utrecht was actually much like being in a Dutch version of York as the city boasts a beautiful cathedral, winding medieval streets and picturesque waterfront bars.
One of my favorite canal-side restaurants in the city had to be the Pannenkoekenrestaurant (pancake resturant) on Oudegracht, De Oude Muntkelder. I have very fond memories of spending evenings there with fellow students, gorging on creations both savoury and sweet.
Unsuprisingly I was extremely excited when I heard there was to be a Dutch pancake house opening right here in York! However, my main concern was whether it would live up to my memories of the real thing…
Certainly walking past the Double Dutch Pancake House on Church Street, everything looked in order. One rather hot afternoon last week, YOAF editor Ben and I became very tempted by the bright and welcoming exterior and decided to head on in for lunch.
Firstly I must mention that the service was extremely welcoming. We were promptly and warmly shown to our seats by the window (perfect for people watching).
The menu is well-sized, with enough choice to satisfy sweet and savoury tooth, but not large enough to overwhelm. I decided to go for a classic combination, bacon with butter. Ben went for something a bit more exotic, the Smoky Dutch, which came with lashings of cheese.
Whilst we were waiting for our pancakes to be freshly made, I went to explore.
Upstairs there is a further dining area, bright and airy with a collection of Dutch trinkets. I also came upon a small courtyard out the back with seating, perfectly placed for those wishing to take advantage of our unseasonably good weather of late.
I must also mention the good collection of hagelslag on display (sprinkles for toast). Honestly, if you have never tried this, you need to!
Back at our table, we awaited our pancakes eagerly. Upon arriving I had to conclude they were as good as the “real” thing: crisp, light and laden with toppings. I also have to conclude that they were delicious, especially as I wolfed mine down in about five minutes flat. [Editor’s note: it only took twenty minutes or so for me to catch up, hungry Bethan!]
So if you’re in town looking for something a bit different, definitely check this place out, especially if you are in need of brunch, as that is what I feel pancakes are made for.
My verdict overall? Heel Lekker – ‘reet good’ in Yorkshire talk!