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Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
May 21, 2009
From journal Going Dutch
October 29, 2006
From journal G-rated Amsterdam
by Red Mezz
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
April 24, 2006
From journal January in Amsterdam
February 2, 2006
From journal 'Dam partying
by Mr. Wonka
Brooklyn, New York
November 17, 2005
From journal The Wheels Go Around and Around in Amsterdam
Prague, Czech Republic
February 16, 2005
From journal New Years in Amsterdam
July 22, 2004
The building is a charming old warehouse that was part of the vaunted Dutch East India Company. It is easy to find, as it is adjacent to one of the main canals of Amsterdam and about a block from the Anne Frank House and the Westerkerk. An animated pig statue is situated at the entrance, as it is one of the featured ingredients in the pancakes and omelets. The smoky interior is literally that, as the Dutch are well known to enjoy a smoke with their food and drink. I was seemingly the only nonsmoker amongst the locals and tourists dining one evening, so keep this in mind if you have a strong intolerance to smoke.
On each table there is an open canister of pancake syrup that is quite good. You use the spoon in the cylinder to ladle the tar-like syrup onto your pancake. I cannot vouch for the cleanliness of an open container of gooey syrup, but it tasted good and I was not rushed to the hospital afterwards. Other toppings including powdered sugar (also tasty) and some bottles of American-style pancake syrup.
The friendly waitress took my order, but she forgot to bring my glass of lemon syrop. It was best forgotten, as this watery beverage (like a lemon squash in England) was practically flavorless. The French onion soup was not much better, and I should have known better than to order French onion soup topped with "old Dutch cheese". I did not get to try any of the desserts.
The ham and mushroom pancake I ordered was quite good, and if you have occasionally bizarre tastes, you can create a bold flavor rush with the sweet syrups and sugars smothering the giant hearty pancake. Each order consists of a single large dinner-plate sized pancake, not a stack of flapjacks. In a sense, it is a thicker unrolled crepe, so if you like crepes you will be a fan of these pancakes. The menu has a variety of ingredients you can choose from, from savory meats to fruits to flat-out sweet dessert fests. There are also many "international" pancakes with ingredients that may or may not justify labels like Greek, Egyptian or Norwegian. Kids can order cartoonish pancakes shaped like a car, a clown or pirate face.
The Pancake Bakery is open every day from noon to the relatively early closing time of 930pm. Although I only encountered small parties, they advertise themselves as very amicable to large groups who would get to enjoy views of the canal in the upper level of seating. Stick with the pancakes and you should enjoy your meal here.
From journal Bill In the Netherlands - AMSTERDAM
August 29, 2001
From journal New Year's in A'dam
Victoria, British Columbia
February 22, 2001
The Pancake Bakery is located about 400m from the Anne Frank house, so it might be handy if you are in the neighbourhood.
They serve over 70 different kinds of thin, Dutch pancakes from sweet to savory. Samples of some are:
Pancake of the Canaries-Fried bananas, banana liquor, ice cream and whipped cream.
The Canadian-Bacon, onions, mushrooms, ham, cheese.
Indonesian-Chicken in peanut sauce.
They also have all the standard ones like apple, pineapple etc.
It's making my stomach growl just typing this!
From journal Amsterdam-Everything You Expected!
January 9, 2001
From journal Amsterdam