Ever been to the Netherlands and wondered, where is all the traditional Dutch food??? Well, it’s not that easy to find. Before flying into Amsterdam I tried to find out what traditional Dutch food was, and got little feedback other than stroopwafels and other sweets…but I’m a savory flavor kind of girl, so sweets (while good) are not all that appealing to me in large quantity. What I found was that for the most part, the Dutch like a spicier palette than is traditional to their home, such as Indian and Indonesian food. Also, the Dutch find their own flavors to be bland and boring.
Conveniently, I have a friend from The Netherlands, who was able to bring us out for a traditional Dutch meal. We ate at a restaurant called Het Eethuisje van Delfshaven, in Rotterdam. I had the fried fish with salad, while Damany had meat with potatoes and gravy. My overall opinion on the food…it tasted great…like Grandma’s home cooking. And who doesn’t like grandma’s home cooking?
Everything was cooked to perfection. I guess the reason it’s hard to find probably has less to do with the food being bland, and more to do with the fact that it’s food that any average person would make at home, rather than eating at a restaurant (A stark difference from places like Italy where they both cook Italian food at home, and go out to Italian restaurants). For desert we were served vanilla ice cream with bananas in sweet syrup…deliciously simple.
So, if you’re in Rotterdam, and like to try traditional foods, this is a great place to do it. The staff here is warm and friendly, and enjoy joking with their customers. I think they were really pleased to see a group of Americans so excited to try their supposedly “bland” dishes.
Address and contact info for Het Eethuisje van Delfshaven are as follows:
3026 Rotterdam, Netherlands
ph: 010 4254917