De Dutch Pannekoek House

This past week, Sunshine had asked whether I’d like to do hot yoga with him.  Since I almost always wake up at around 7-8ish regardless of the time I go to bed anyway, I figured I had time to spare before my classes, so I agreed. I’ve been going through some emotional issues, so it’s a good idea to keep my mind off things. We signed up for a 1 month pass, and we were perspiring through every inch of our bodies after we bumbled through our first session. After we cleaned up and changed, we headed to De Dutch to fuel up because yoga is strenuous hard work for noobs like Sunshine and I.

De Dutch is a cozy little restaurant hidden in the back behind Hastings Street. It’s only accessible through an alleyway/weird staircase, which made the trip rather exciting for me as it felt like we were visiting an illegal underground pancake house.

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After browsing through the entire menu multiple times, I finally decided on the BC bene ($15) garnished with a side of salad (choice between garden salad or fruit). Our server had asked me whether I wanted my bene served on Dutch rusks. She informed me that rusk is a crispy twice baked bread. Curious, I asked whether I could do half of my bene on the rusk and half on the generic english muffin, she graciously said yes. The BC smoked wild salmon on my bene tasted like the Sockeye variety, it was fresh, smokey and not stringy or tough. The fried eggs had perfectly runny yolks and the hollandaise sauce wasn’t too heavy, it was actually rather light and frothy. As for the rusk, it tasted like a crouton. I actually preferred the textural crunch over the usual english muffin. The cute little hash browns that came with my bene didn’t have crispy edges, but surprisingly, I didn’t mind the texture, they were short of being just soft, mushy potatoes.

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Sunshine went with the Dutch uitsmijter ($9), an open faced sandwich with egg, ham and edam cheese with a side of hash browns. Sunshine said that the egg, ham and cheese were just on a slice of bread, it wasn’t even buttered or toasted or anything. He said he actually liked it and that it had a homely feel to it, but we both agreed that I could’ve just made that for him in my kitchen.

While De Dutch is actually known for their Dutch pancakes, neither of us felt like having pancakes on this particular visit. Sunshine said that the pannekoeks are almost like a thick crepe, they’re larger and thinner than the American pancakes we’re used to. I might come back to try them sometime.

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DE DUTCH PANNEKOEK HOUSE
+1 604 298 4400
North Burnaby
6651 Hastings Street, Burnaby

Yolk’s

Sunshine and I had been planning to get together to catch up on each other’s lives for awhile, but it was canceled last minute numerous times because something always popped up. Sunshine’s one of those awesome friends where even if we don’t talk or see each other for a long time, our relationship would still be as tight as if we hung out everyday. But I’m glad to say that our bro date finally happened. Sunshine picked me up after my early morning staff meeting for work and we headed over to Yolk’s for brunch.

While the inside of Yolk’s is rather plain looking, it has a bright and homely atmosphere. The staff at Yolk’s are friendly and full of personality. The food here is also pretty good.

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I like that you get to customize your bennies at Yolk’s ($7.50 for 1 egg, $10.25 for 2 eggs). I got the double smoked bacon with arugula, poached egg, hollandaise, on an English muffin with a side of truffle lemon hash browns (+$1) and Okanagan Valley goat cheese (+$1). My favourite part of the plate was definitely the truffle lemon hash browns. Now my first bite was really lemony and sour. Sunshine agreed. It left us wondering “why the lemons?” But once we dipped the hash browns into the spicy ketchup, it sang a perfect sonnet. The sourness was neutralized and all the other flavours were brought out. They were simply addicting. The benny on the other hand was good, but not mind blowing. I didn’t think the goat cheese was worth the additional dollar considering how I only received a tiny sprinkle on my benny, which I barely tasted. The bacon was crisp and smokey, but all the other components were just average.

As we were eating, one of the ladies stopped by our table to check up on us and noticed that our eggs were slightly less runny than they should’ve been. Sunshine and I said that it was okay, but she immediately told us that overcooked eggs at Yolk’s are not alright and that she’ll send us new eggs. That was super kind of her. Our eggs arrived promptly, and the lady jokingly said that she’ll beat up the chefs in the back of the parking lot later on in the day. I gotta say that it really did make a difference to our bennies. But unfortunately, we were almost finished by that time. Sunshine and I were pretty full after cleaning off our plates, especially Sunshine who ordered 2 eggs and ended up with 4. Hahah.

Sunshine and I had a great time catching up at Yolk’s. The next time I come back, I would like to try their chicken and waffles!

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YOLK’S
+1 604 428 9655
Strathcona
1298 East Hastings Street, Vancouver