More than maple syrup: The Pancake Bakery in Amsterdam
Some of my favorite food memories are of my mom making mouth-watering pancakes on Sunday mornings. I loved watching her pour the batter on to the griddle and see the telltale bubbles pop up as the pancakes turned golden brown. My brother and I would drown the resulting deliciousness in butter and warm maple syrup. When my father-in-law suggested grabbing pancakes at the Pancake Bakery on our recent trip to Amsterdam, I was all in.
Located on Prinsengracht, approximately 300 meters from the Anne Frank House in central Amsterdam, the Pancake Bakery can easily be missed. The sign out front is small, and the thin façade hides the true size of the restaurant. If you’re tall, be sure to duck as you step in the door, because the ceiling is quite low. Since there were 10 of us in our party, we assumed that we would have to wait a while. Surprisingly, we were led upstairs to a separate room where we sat around a large wooden table that easily accommodated us.
Dutch pancakes are thinner and larger than their American counterparts. Toppings vary from sweet to savory, and they can be eaten plain with a side of sugary syrup. When the server handed us the extensive menu, the choices were overwhelming. I chose the savory Greek pancake, and my son chose the sweet Dutch one.
The Greek pancake came filled with spiced ground lamb, onions, crumbled feta cheese, black olives and a side of garlicky tzatziki sauce. It was absolutely delicious. However, the true winner was the Dutch pancake. With cinnamon ice cream, crushed pieces of stroopwafel cookies, chocolate drizzle and a mound of whipped cream, it was sugary heaven. Since we kept sampling each other’s dishes, my son and I eventually ended up swapping pancakes.
The Pancake Bakery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and reservations are highly recommended.