Discover Benelux, Issue 56, August 2018

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Discover Benelux  |  Summer Special  |  Amsterdam City Centre Highlights


In the Middle East, hummus has been part of the cuisine for ages. “It’s such a healthy and tasty food and we want everybody in Amsterdam to experience our passion for it,” explains Arama of d&a hummus bistro. “It’s part of our DNA.” In search of a new adventure, and due to their love for hummus, Arama and her partner Adi Goldberg started d&a hummus bistro in 2015. “We opened our first bistro in 2015 in Jordaan, a neighbourhood that fitted perfectly with what we want to bring to our guests: a lively and cosy place where everybody is welcome.” Soon after, they opened their second location on Oostenburgergracht in Amsterdam East, right across from ‘t IJ Brewery. “The vintage furniture gives it the authenticity of a Middle Eastern street-food bar.” “Hummus has everything you need nutrition wise, and it is very sustainable to produce,” she continues. It is full of proteins and a real treat for people who are either vegan or veg-

etarian. All hummus dishes are served with free salads and home baked pita bread. You can also choose to have a side dish such as falafel, roasted eggplant, baba ganoush etc. or one of the many warm dishes such as shakshuka, couscous, kebabs and more. And you can order from a selection of fine natural wines and boutique beers. “It can be overwhelming to choose, so we have our a bit of this & a bit of that option, where you can taste everything from the menu. Guests often come back for that,” Arama smiles.

An explosion of flavours “All the different flavours make them special,” says Bastiaan Schaafsma of the Pancake Bakery, the oldest pancake house of Amsterdam and located at one of the most beautiful spots in town. “Like our pancake with bacon, apple and syrup — savoury on the one hand and sweet on the other — it’s an explosion of flavours,” he smiles. This foodie hotspot is located in a narrow 17th century Dutch East India Company (VOC) warehouse on the Prinsengracht, called ‘Hope’. The building is one of three; the one on the left is called ‘Faith’, the one on the right, ‘Love’. “We have a terrace right next to the canal, and when the sun is out, you have an amazing view.” The Pancake Bakery opened its doors in 1973. The Schaafsma family lived above it and in 1980, Bastiaan’s parents took over. On the menu are 75 different pancakes, including gluten free and some vegan options. “More would be too much to choose from, but guests can really have anything they want.” They are all 42  |  Issue 56  |  August 2018

“We just want you to feel at home in our bistro, as if you are a guest at our house, enjoying high-quality food and our love for it.” Westerstraat 136 Tel: 020-3416487 Oostenburgergracht 185 Tel: 020-7371676



made with the Pancake Bakery’s own batter. Bastiaan: “My father wanted a batter which always has the same quality. With his brother, a food engineer, he created his own in a laboratory. Nobody has the same batter as we do.” And the guests love it so much that the Pancake Bakery has been awarded multiple awards on review websites such as TripAdvisor. “We are very proud of that, that people love the thing we love to make. The recipe may be simple, but the result is divine.”