I was lucky enough to have a weekend away in Amsterdam! Regular readers will know I am a big fan of pancakes so I knew I had to seek out some great Dutch pancakes when in Amsterdam.
I was recommended to try The Pancake Bakery. It is on the Prinsengracht canal a short distance from Anne Franks House.
We arrived at 1pm and there was a long queue outside always a good sign for a foodie. We has a late breakfast so decided to take a stroll down to the Noordermarkt rather than waiting. As it was Saturday there was a brilliant farmers market along with other stalls well worth a browse which kept us happily occupied for an hour.
When we wondered back to the Pancake Bakery at around 2pm there was no queue and we got a table straight away. We were seated downstairs which had a bit of a cellar vibe going on, fairly dark which was nice considering it was a very hot day.
Service was good, tables were clean but the walls and pictures could certainly do with a bit of a spring clean.
Each table already has a selection of pancake toppings alongside a big pot of treacle which was a nice touch. You couldn’t help but have a good stir.
We ordered some drinks and my mum had a fresh mint tea which came with honey and she said it was lovely.
The menu had a great variety of options. We were hungry so ordered a portion of bread to share. The bread was supposed to come with garlic butter but we asked for normal butter instead and they happily provided plain butter for us.
It was a tough choice but I went for a savoury pancake. I had a ham, cheese and mushroom pancake. It was interesting as the ham, cheese and mushroom has been cooked into the batter which was really nice (I will be tying this at home). The pancake was a good size and absolutely delicious. I am having cravings now thinking about it.
Mum went for a banana and chocolate pancake. She really enjoyed it and said it was the best meal we had all weekend and I have to agree.
The toilets were upstairs where there was a lovely dining area with huge windows and lots of light, very different to downstairs.
We were out for a long day of sightseeing and the pancakes were very filling keeping us well fulled for the rest of the day.
Value for money?
The pancakes were 13.40 euros each. Our total bill was 37.15 euros for two including drinks and bread which works out at £33.32. Service was not included. It is a pricey pancake but to be honest it was worth the money and I would go back. Given the prime location and quality of the food I was happy with the price.
It was a busy restaurant and a little crowded with tables close together, as mentioned could do with a bit of a dust but non of that matters when you taste the delicious pancake and I would definitely go again.