Friday, January 3, 2014

Greetje @ Amsterdam


Overlooking a calm canal in Amsterdam, Greetje (named after the restaurant owner's mom) specializes in old-fashioned Dutch cooking, including what it calls "forgotten recipes" popular in previous generations.


Crusty bread with butter and (sinful food alert!) pork belly fat laced with onions.


Frysian grilled sugar bread. A crisp snack with decadent layers of homemade duck liver terrine sandwiched in between the slices.


Soup duo: 1. Cauliflower soup with salted anchovies and chervil, and 2. Bouillon of Dutch tomatoes with parsley & poached quail eggs. Dutch cuisine hasn't made a name for itself internationally; some consider it bland. But it can prove satisfyingly wholesome. Comfort food on every level.


Sauteed black pudding with warm apple compote and veal gravy with laurels. Partly crunchy, partly chewy, but wholly and flavorfully addictive.


Thickened yogurt with Dutch mustard, dill, roasted chestnuts and veggie chips.


Dutch shrimp on baby lettuce with cocktail sauce, tomatoes and herb salad (tangy-creamy), alongside thin-sliced garlic-marinated pork loin with aceto balsamic, brown sugar, sauerkraut and piccalilli.


Pickled beef pate with baked potato, herbs, mayo & horseradish. Sourish, but soft and chunky enough to recommend.


Vegetarian bitterballetjes. Deep-fried mushy goodness, stuffed with farmer's cheese and chives and served with mashed potatoes & lettuce. Chewing optional.


Pork-stew in tomato sauce, with more mashed potatoes. Home-style cooking.


Calude Val Rose (2009) & Touraine Sauvignon La Bocagerie (2009).


Greetje,
Amsterdam.

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20 comments:

  1. Interesting intriguing stuff, never seen before. I like the look of the vegetarian bitterballetjes

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, i've never seen most of these exact recipes anywhere else =)

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  2. Veggy bitterballetjes...melt-on-tongue goodness?...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: smooth and mushy comfort food! :D

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  3. I've been to Holland many times, and can't recall eating any of these. I think the meals I enjoyed the most were at the Indonesian restaurants :D What's in the black pudding?

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    1. Footfringe: ya, this restaurant seemed quite unique. i'll have an indonesian-restaurant-in-amsterdam post coming up in the next few weeks =) oops, good question, besides the cooked blood, i'm not sure what they put in the pudding :D

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  4. The butter looks good. Easy to go gaga with bread and butter!

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, perfect for loading up for energy while we're walking around and taking in the sights in the city :D

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  5. I have been Amsterdam few times, but have not had these before; sound yummy. Next time should try to find some of these. :D

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    1. CK: ya, i think many restaurants in amsterdam wouldn't serve these dishes, as they're quite complex and require a lot of different ingredients =)

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  6. Had something similar in Brotzeit before..that pork fat thing which u spread on bread... so sinful!

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    1. Baby Sumo: it's definitely guilt-inducing! :D

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  7. The black pudding sounds intriguing! Pork belly fats? No thank you.

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    1. Ken: heheh, okie, one order of black pudding instead for you! :D

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  8. I absolutely love fresh crusty bread!

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    1. Linda; perfect for whetting the appetite before a meal! :D

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    1. Wong: heheh, it's a good experience =)

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  10. wow that is some interesting dishes. The pork belly fat with onions sound tempting. heheh

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    1. Eiling: ya, i wonder if i'll ever have the opportunity to taste these dishes again. haha, i liked the pork belly fat =)

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