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Amsterdam's Pantry: A Restaurant Review

Updated on November 17, 2017
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Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She lives happily in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.

Amsterdam's Pantry, a wonderful place for traditional Dutch food in the Leidseplein area of the city.
Amsterdam's Pantry, a wonderful place for traditional Dutch food in the Leidseplein area of the city. | Source

Recently while in Amsterdam, my husband and I had the distinct pleasure of dining at The Pantry. We were looking for a traditional Dutch meal and fortunately found this restaurant which was a real treat.

The Pantry is located on a side street in the Leidseplein area of Holland. The actual address is Leidsekruisstraat 21 1017 RE Amsterdam, but coming from the U.S. that address is Greek to me...oh, please excuse me, I mean Dutch to me, but I think you get the idea! I If you are not familiar with the Leidseplein area, it's a large square area in Amsterdam that is famous for having a great nightlife. This area is filled with restaurants ranging from gourmet to Italian to traditional Dutch to McDonald's, as well as night clubs and theaters. The hours for the restaurant are from 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. which is a testimony to how busy this area of the city is due to all the evening attractions there. There are shops and pastry carts sprinkled throughout the streets as well, although most of these are not open that late.

The Restaurant

From the outside, the Pantry looks quite simple. But once inside the restaurant doors, you will feel welcomed by not only the interior but the staff as well. The interior is faintly lit and decorated with quaint wooden tables and chairs that may be a bit too close together for some patrons. The dim lighting and the closeness of the tables help give the restaurant a cozy feeling. There are old Dutch artifacts and paintings decorating the walls.

The restaurant specializes in traditional Dutch dishes. For a tourist, being able to experience these dishes with the help of an extremely friendly and helpful staff makes a visit a very memorable one. The staff speak English as well as Dutch and are more than happy to suggest traditional choices based on customer's food preferences. They are also happy to share their extensive wine list with you.

Cold Appetizers

Cold appetizers range from bread with herb butter ( extremely delicious herb butter I would add) 3.50 Euros, but for the more adventurous diner, smoked eel on toast runs 9.75 Euros, and Salted Herring with onions and pickles runs 7.50 Euros.

Soup of the Day

The Soup of the Day is usually pea soup which is quite delicious and thick. It is served with rye bread and thick slabs of smoked bacon and runs 5.65 Euros but is worth it.

Vegetarian Fare

For vegetarians, your choice consists of cheese fondue with bread, raw vegetables and salad for 14.50 Euros or Salad with toasted honey apples, walnuts, and bread.

Traditional Fare

The menu at the Pantry was quite versatile with dishes that would appeal to many a tourist. There were contemporary items like Dutch ham, salted pork chops, fillet of sea bass, and a salmon dish. But my husband and I wanted to make sure we had traditional Dutch food. There is a special section on the menu labeled just that! We were not quite sure which dish to order.The waitress gave us a full description of all the Dutch dishes on the menu. My husband decided on Zuurkoolstamppot which is mashed potatoes mixed with sauerkraut and served with smoked sausage or a meatball. He chose the sausage and was thrilled with his meal as sauerkraut is a favorite food of his. His meal came to 12.50 Euros.

I chose a savory beef with onions dish which also came with mashed potatoes and red cabbage. I wasn't too sure if I would like the red cabbage, but it was very good. The potatoes were delicious and creamy, and there was no doubt about whether they were real of not, as there sometimes is when dining at restaurants in the United States. My meal came to 14.60 Euros and was well worth every one!

Desserts

For dessert, there are not many options, but the options there were looked delicious. We chose to share a delightful dessert of Pofferties which are mini pancakes served with melted butter and powdered sugar. They were delectable and worth the price of 5.00 Euros.

The meals, cozy atmosphere and attentive waitstaff at this restaurant do not disappoint, and if you are in Amsterdam, I highly recommend the Pantry restaurant. We enjoyed it so much; we went back again the evening before we left to savor the Dutch atmosphere and food just one more time.

My husband and I having dinner at the Pantry restaurant. If you look closely at my plate, you can see my meal of savoury beef with onions, red cabbage and mashed potatoes, and my husband's bowl of pea soup!
My husband and I having dinner at the Pantry restaurant. If you look closely at my plate, you can see my meal of savoury beef with onions, red cabbage and mashed potatoes, and my husband's bowl of pea soup! | Source
The Leidseplein area at night, lit up with holiday lights in December. The small lit up booth sells pastries on the street.
The Leidseplein area at night, lit up with holiday lights in December. The small lit up booth sells pastries on the street. | Source
The Leidseplein area of Amsterdam by day!
The Leidseplein area of Amsterdam by day! | Source

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    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      wetnosedogs,

      Thanks for your comment. That was sweet of you to say. Yes, I am doing much better this week. I am so happy we took these pictures when we were at the restaurant as they were a perfect accompaniment for this hub.

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      wetnosedogs 

      5 years ago from Alabama

      Yummy! I would have liked to have a taste of both what you and your husband had.

      Beautiful pictures and I enjoy seeing a picture of you and your hubby. What a delightful looking couple!

      Fantastic going on this one.

      Hope you are well.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      hawaiianodysseus,

      Yes I did but this was before the surgery. It's been a busy year for me! I appreciate your taking the time to comment when things are so crazy for you with this Hub Challenge!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Hey, didn't you just have surgery? Ah, the wonder of the Internet! Ha-ha! Just kidding, my friend! Way to go on your Hub Challenge! Keep on trucking!

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