Day Four: Tell us about a weird food combo that you love
This one is not so easy for me, as I am not the most adventurous soul with my food combinations. This is primarily because I am not a mixer: I like to eat everything in turn with minimal contamination, as you may have gathered from Wednesday’s bean issues. Also, I don’t usually like to mix sweet and savoury – I can’t even stretch to jam or chocolate spread on toast. So for me, the combination of mayonnaise (well, vegannaise) with breakfast is very much weird and wild. “Love” is quite the stretch, but I ate it. Or, tried it.
Keeping the European theme going, this was a breakfast in Amsterdam back in the Easter holidays. After a fairly miserable breakfast on our first morning in Amsterdam, we needed a win on this day. Dophert was just around the corner from where we were staying, near Westerpark, so it was ideal for a breakfast stop. Like the typical English travellers, we were tempted by the English breakfast – none of this foreign muck for us! And it was a good breakfast, but I would strongly dispute its Englishness.
Dophert is all vegan, so I happily ordered the chai latte and was spoiled for choice when it came to milk: almond, oat or soy. I went for almond, and it was a decadent and fragrant drink, with a little coconut macaroon on the side.
The food wasn’t far behind. The menu promised us “white beans in a tomato sauce”. What we received was very much baked beans – I would be surprised if they weren’t straight from a tin (not that there’s anything wrong with that, it’s just that the menu made them sound somewhat fancier). The tofu scramble was really tasty, with its seitan strips and red onions, and well-seasoned too, but quite dry. The seitan slices were nice, but a bit disconnected from the rest – I’d have preferred sausages. We also had a solitary slice of toast, and a pot of mayo, which baffled us Brits somewhat. Which element of the dish should you eat with the mayo? We tried a few things, but didn’t really find that it enhanced anything. And of course, our good friends roasted tomatoes made an appearance. But not a mushroom in sight – what a waste.
It was a really pleasant start to the day, and infinitely better than breakfast the day before (still to come in Vegan MoFo!): everything tasted nice, service was fast and we enjoyed ourselves. However, the food was a little uninspired, and I don’t think I’ll return for breakfast if I go back to Amsterdam (our omni airbnb host recommended the burgers though, so I’d pop in for one of those).
Speed of service: it got busier while we were there, but service was swift and friendly. 4/5
Value for money: it was 10.50 each for the English breakfast, which was perhaps a touch too much. 3/5
Quality of cooking: everything was well seasoned and nice. Portions were a bit stingy though – that’s not much toast, is it? 3/5
Creativity: I found it quite a poor interpretation of the English breakfast, with its mayo instead of potatoes and seitan slices instead of sausages. 3/5