De Dutch specializes in breakfast, brunch and lunch, offering customers a unique blend of European ethnicity in their menu items.
Arrived on a weekday morning. Took 15 from the time we were sat to get coffee and place our order. After that service was ok. It was not very busy and I was totally surprised at the number or single mothers in there dining with toddlers. At the prices they charge? That struck me as weird. If I ever took my toddlers out for breakfast it was usually to McDonalds not and expensive sit down.
First thing I noticed on the menu was that each entree was $3-4 more than any other breakfast place like Ricky's or Ihop. There were alot of choices but really only a couple of items interested me. I wanted a bene but read it came on some type of hard dry cracker thing - no thanks. So I had some type of Meixcan omeletee. It was a odd angled shape like it was formed in a mold- no chef skills required. The veggies inside were cooked properly but the cheese was not melted inside just a little sprinled on top. Plus it was that preshredded cheap food service cheese. Then it was topped with bottled salsa - yuk I scraped that off. It came with 2 tablespoons of sour cream. It tasted ok but nothing special and was kind of rubbery. The sourdough toast was very good, properly toasted and large pieces. The jams were the nice American style ones. The hasbrowns however were atrocious. They were sort of an opaque brown, not a crispy toasted brown but a sitting in discoloured oil brown. They tasted like old oil as well. What a disappointmen. I would say this meal might be worth $7.99 - it was $12.25. Whoa.
My husband had a hash pannekoek. It came with meat, veggies and cheese mixed up in the nasty hasbrowns so he could not pick them out. Also it came in a small white side dish that was placed directly on top of the pannekoek. GROSS. Who wants their food dishes on top of their food? He does not like hollandaise so asked for butter and syrup instead. He was informed that syrup was and extra $2.50 - are you kidding me? What breakfast place charges for syrup?? He opted out and ate a dry pancake. He was also underwhelmed. His was also $12.25.
Thank goodness we had a 2 for one coupon or we would have been pissed. It still came in at over $21 for breakfast with the coupon. Very poor value. We will not be back.
I remember when I used to live in North Van I would go to the local De Dutch there and I had not been to a location in a very long time, so after church I decided to go. The wait at the door was a little bit frustrating but I guess that shows alot of people love this place. I had the "windmill" which was recommended to us by the waitress. It was a great choice. I waited about 15 mins for my food which isnt bad considering it was pretty busy.
My hubby and I were totally pleased with the food. Not exactly what I remember from my days in North Van but tasty nonetheless. We were totally stuffed after breakfast. Not sure what the previous review was about, perhaps they were having a bad day or something but the value is pretty good. Sure it might be a few dollars more but you are getting a completely different dish from all the local places around town. I used to be a huge pantry fan but this is a great alternative if you want something a little different from the same ol scrambled eggs and toast around town. The bill for the both of us was about 30 bucks with tip. Not bad especially since we got awesome service from the lovely young lady. I will totally be back. Good thing cause I always do my Sunday grocery shop in Westgate Mall.