I am fairly familiar with the “De Dutch” chain, having been to, and written about several of their locations. This is just one I didn’t know was here on Robson Street. Located in a much smaller place than the others I have dined at. It was like a miniature version, not unlike their pannekoek we tasted today.
To read about my first experience with a “De Dutch” pannekoek house, and learn more about a pannekoek click below.
Today I was visiting as part of the @vanfoodster downtown brunch crawl, as the plus one to local food blogger David of “Picky Diner“. This was the second stop, and a second chance for those attending to try something they may not otherwise consider. The “Brunch Crawl”, featured five restaurants located downtown on Robson and Denman street. At each location, for the paid a forehand fee of $50, all registered diners would get small tasting plates from participating restaurants. Two to four bites of a dish they themselves can order during any breakfast or brunch with them.
The restaurant was partially tiled in their trademark orange and yellow hues, reminding me of candy corn. The other half of the restaurant was decal-ed in windmills. The colours of grey and yellow matching the scribble carpet pattern under foot. There are three rows of tables, and thanks to those participating in the crawl like us, the restaurant was fairly full. Luckily we were able to grab the last booth all the way towards the back, just in front of the kitchen pass.
Sadly the sickly yellow light washed out the food. It actually looks much better in person. Our participation gave us scaled down versions of their regular pancakes. To help the kitchen keep up with regular diners having regular breakfast, our pannekoek was prepared in the dining hall by two men over two griddles.
The savoury option was a ham and cheese, prepared using very salty bacon with fairly salty cheese. I however preferred the pancake as it was, as it was already pretty tasty.
The sweet pannekoek was one with strawberry and syrup. The menu advertised whipped cream but it came without, not that I missed it. The strawberries were sweetened in the syrup making them soggy. I didn’t like its texture all that much, and would have preferred the strawberries sliced up fresh. Once again the pancake was already tasty, so to have so much sugar took away from it, and that is a shame.
Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – No.
Would I recommend it? – No.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – No.
I like their breakfasts and often find myself ordering their full ones with bacon, sausage, eggs, and potatoes; over their thin pancakes that I like so much. As for as location goes there have so many, and it’s a matter of finding the one you like best. I recommend the one by the waterfront for a great view, visit the link below to read more about it. Don’t deny your cravings.