Finding a decent Sunday roast in Amsterdam
There’s no shortage of brilliant cafes and restaurants in Amsterdam, that’s for sure. From the city’s impeccable Michelin-star restaurants to its high-quality budget eateries, there’s something for everyone.
There’s the delectable Dutch delights, such as stamppot, bitterballen and – of course – an unthinkable selection of delicious pastries. But the city offers an impressive range of international foods, too: Indian, Chinese, Italian, Indonesian, Mexican – you name it, Amsterdam’s probably got it. If there’s one thing that most British and Irish expats love, it’s a good ol’ roast dinner. Sadly, decent Sunday roasts are few and far between in the Dutch capital, but don’t fret: there are options. Read on for a few of my favourites.
New kids on the block – Dragon’s Delight
As a Welsh expat, I longed for a traditional Sunday roast when I first arrived here – something that is abundantly missing from the Dutch capital. I wasn’t the only one: Amsterdam-based quirky cafe Dragon’s Delight felt the same and decided to make it their mission to change things, successfully piloting their Sunday roast last year.
“We struggled to find somewhere in Amsterdam that served a proper traditional Sunday Roast. As we missed it so much, we decided to start serving it ourselves,” said the founder of Dragon’s Delight, Saima Awan. “Once we started researching what British expats missed most from home, it was clear that a proper Sunday roast was number one on the list.”
Dragon’s Delight definitely delivered with their devilishly delicious roasts. When I visited, there were three options: slow-cooked pork, guinea fowl and – for the veggies among us – nut roast. All three were amazing. the meats were tender, tasty and perfectly cooked, and the hearty nut roast packed one heck of a broth-filled punch. Everything came served with a giant Yorkshire pudding, all the right greens, crispy roast potatoes and – of course – a slathering of traditional gravy. They also serve an assortment of British desserts, such as the quintessential scones with jam and clotted cream. The cafe also boasts an in-house barista who experiments with all kinds of weird and wonderful hot drinks, including ‘unicorn milk’, which is blue-coloured hot chocolate infused with sprinkles and white chocolate.
The cosy café will again serve their Sunday roast on 5 March 2017, resuming their roast menu on the first Sunday of every month. If the already-great demand picks up, they’ll make it into a weekly menu.
Tolstraat 200 // www.dragonsdelight.nl/
A luxury take on a British classic – Amstel Brasserie
Does a Sunday roast with a flair of extravagance sound like your thing? Then take a trip down to Amstel Brasserie, who pride themselves on their high-quality approach to dining. The intimate, welcoming brasserie has a traditional-yet-modern design that exudes luxury. The riverside restaurant’s atmosphere remains casual, though, complemented by the constant passing of yachts and cruises. The menu is simple, seasonal and masterful – giving you exactly what you want from a traditional British roast, at a top-notch level of quality.
Every Sunday from 17:00, Amstel Brasserie serves their roast; expect all the trimmings: Yorkshire puddings, tender meat, an assortment of roasted veggies and excellently seasoned gravy. The roast costs €45 (€22.50 for children), so – as you’d expect – only the finest ingredients are used. According to the restaurant’s executive chef, Rogér Rassin, “Whether it’s a fresh egg, a carefully selected piece of meat or fish, or my favourite little tomatoes, I’m always looking for the finest seasonal ingredients to surprise you with.”
Professor Tulpplein 1 // www.amsterdam.intercontinental.com/en/
Traditional Irish roast on a budget – O’Reilly’s Irish Pub
If you’re after a no-frills Sunday dinner that ticks all the right boxes, head down to O’Reilly’s Irish Pub. The pub, ideally located just behind Dam Square, serves a traditionally Irish roast dinner each and every Sunday. Their slow-roasted rib-eye beef is joined by buttery mashed and roast potatoes, vegetables and Yorkshire puds, and it’s all served with a generous helping of horseradish and gravy. The best bit: the delightful dish is only €16.50! There’s always a game on one the pub’s multiple TV screens, so this roast is best enjoyed with a Guinness and good company.
Paleisstraat 103 // www.oreillys.com/amsterdam