The original restaurant that inspired the Dutch Pannekoek House chain. It maintains all the charm and personality of a Dutch Pannekoek restaurant and is obviously very connected with the local Cambie community. Many, many varieties of crepes are on the menu, both savoury and sweet as well as some more traditional breakfast choices.
After reading the 1st 2 reviews, in search a breakfast spot w/ possibly shorter lines than Joe's Grill on 4th, I quickly gathered my dining companions & ran over there for a nice brunch the next day. A great way to spend a long wkend discovering new old places to dine at. Joe's still has better value/portions, but I like this place for the variety of pretty much typical breakfasts & pannekoeks served every which way.
The service varies depending on the server you get. They charge extra for real maple syrup, but they do provide the standard stuff, so it's all good.
I've been back a 2nd time since then to try their poffertjes (sp) dessert which looked more interesting than it tastes. It's simply pancake (batter) balls topped w/ icing sugar. Yet more pancake after a breakfast of pancakes/waffles, etc. The pannekoeks here disappointed as I actually found myself preferring the one I had at De Dutch (lightly caramelized at the edges while the ones served here are more eggy & less savoury). For the sausages, bacon, etc, I love it here!
I took Mrs. C for a brunch at the DWS to see what all the fuss was about. We thought that since Cambie was completely closed (between 12th and 25th) that the restaurant would be empty. Despite the fact that the neighbourhood was an empty wasteland, this restaurant was packed!
We seated ourselves and tried to make sense of the encyclopedic menu. Lots of choices. I had the farmer's breakfast pannekoek which had lots of meat, 2 eggs and hashbrowns. Mrs. C had a pannekoek with ham inside and 2 eggs. Both were quite tasty, and were about what you would get at the big chain of Dutch pannekoek joints.
The service was a bit scattered, and the ambience was rather grubby and cramped to say the least, but I came for the food, and it was okay. If you can get past the obvious shortcomings, it isn't a bad place to have breakfast.
I went there on a Saturday at around 11:30 with a group of 8 friends. The wait was about 20 to 25 minutes or so, not too bad for the time we arrived. It was totally worth the wait tho.
Service: The server was friendly, nice, and helpful. We were waiting for a couple of friends to arrive so the server came to check up on us a couple of times. She took our drink orders, then came right back when she saw that our other friends had arrived. During the meal, my coffee was always refilled just in time!
Food: I ordered the Frying Dutchman breakfast platter (Smoked sausage, sunny side up eggs, toast, hash brown, and salad.) The sliced sausages were moist and not too salty. The eggs were just how I like it; perfectly pouched yolk with a little bit of runny whites! Yummy! I love that it didn't feel greasy at all! Some other things my friends tried was the famous de pannekoke. The shrimp and chive one was my favourite! It was very flavourful! The waffles were light and fluffy also!
Value: My order was only $9.50 and coffee was only $2.20 (unlimited with a meal). The de pannekoke ranges from $10 to $14. It was well worth it for the amount of food you get!
Ambiance: It is decorated with a lot of wooden shoes and pictures of previous clients. It is a warm, friendly, and family atmosphere. It is a decent size with 3 different sections. It is a little difficult to seat large groups but they are very flexible in moving some tables for us. I would definitely go back!!
We moved in to the Cambie neighbourhood about 2 years ago, and only visited the Dutch Shoe for breakfast two weeks ago. I don't know what we were thinking!
I will likely echo the majority of comments on here. The food is delicious. I had the cordon bleu pannakoek and that, with the addition of their hollandaise sauce was amazing.
It's hearty, it's authentic (a little kitch perhaps), and the service for us has been very strong. Since our first visit, we went back again this weekend to the same rave reviews. It will be tough to avoid going here every weekend for breakfast/brunch. This was an instant favorite.
The heads floating in the big giant shoe above the cash register though.. kinda disturbing :)
We went to the Dutch Wooden Shoe Cafe for the first time this morning, and will definitely be going back. It's got a very kitschy, homemade style of decor inside, and that just adds to the charm - photos all over the walls of past diners, a huge collection of beer glasses and mugs from around the world, and lots of posters of Holland and the like. It's certainly not boring!
The server was a dream, too - genuinely friendly and happy to be there, and did an amazing job, especially considering the place was half-full and he was on his own. Coffee came fast and often, and he checked up on us three times over the course of the meal (not counting the initial food delivery and the cheque dropoff).
The food itself was excellent - great quality, lots of flavour. I had one of the eggs'n'hash combos, and my other half had the apple and cheese pannekoek - we'll definitely be going back to sample other items on the (expansive) menu.
Overall, we're extremely pleased with our experience, and will definitely return.
Man, What can I say. This place has the best Eggs Benny I have ever had. I had a Salmon Eggs Benidict. I would recomend this to everyone. I have went here 4 times already, recomended it to many friends and they all feel the same.
I wanted to try some other dish's but for right now, I just crave this a lot!!!!
Went to Wooden Shoe Cafe for the very first time and thought I was no longer in Vancouver! The outside decor was really cute with the colourful shutters and the flowers, very dutch looking...you can't miss it. The panakoeke was sooooooo gooood, the service was fast and awesome, and overall the place had great atmosphere. I would definetly go again!
Went with a couple of friends on a Sunday. Guess I totally ordered the wrong thing; it was a Dutch pannoek with bavarian sausage. When it came out it was a giant pancake with the bavarian sausage finely chopped and cooked into the pancake. It was really sad sausage; it tasted like a cheap hot dog not at all quality sausage. There was a fried egg on top and that was it. It was one the strangest breakfasts; didn't enjoy it at all. My two companions fared better.
This place is known for their Crepes. Mine came out soggy and gross. I had the Indonesian crepe (thought I'd try something different and exotic - but what a mistake!) The water from the pineapple killed it. My bf had the spinach bene - which tasted just average. Price was average - I wouldn't say it's cheap - $11-14. I won't ever go back. Was really disappointed after seeing that most reviewers had such great things to say. If you want crepe food, I'd go to Gypsy Rose (cheap for its excellent quality) or De Dutch (quality and great service).
i just started using dinehere.ca and have gone to a few places upon recommendations of good reviews, so i decided to search some of my personal favorite breakfast spots and was shocked to see the wooden shoe cafe had so little reviews.
if you've ever been to any of de dutch pancake house's, this place feels like the original location of what became a franchise. there is way more selection and the food feels more home-cooked then rushed off a line (even though that does mean waiting a little longer). the waffles with stroop (a thick dutch syrup) are probably the best waffles i've had. If u plan on checking it out, i would suggest a weekday as it gets pretty busy on the weekends
In addition to a fairly extensive menu of more generic breakfast fare, the Wooden Shoe boasts a selection of several dozen varieties of pannekoek, both sweet and savoury. Definitely a good place for comfort food.
The inside of the restaurant is cozy and decorated with various dutch-themed bric-a-brac and photos of staff and patrons.
They also serve a wonderful dessert item of which I cannot recall the name. It consists of a plate of little fluffy dumpling type things topped with whipped cream, fruit, and some sort of liqueur if memory serves. Highly recommended if you still have room!
You could probably come here every weekend for many years and never get through the whole menu. You will be spoilt for choice and you will leave the table full. It's not low fat, but it is awesome comfort food. The decor is fabulous, dutch rec room chic. When I was in Amsterdam, I expected their Pannekoeks to be different, but the Dutch Wooden Shoe has managed to maintain it's Dutch authenticity.
Those have a palette for quality breakfast foods, rather than sub standardized chain houses, will notice the difference.
Consistently delivers my most sought-after breakfast not too far from home.
. The staff ask you if you've had your picture taken, and come with the camera to induct you into the wall gallery!
And hola, a giant mocha with kalhua & baily's is sure the way to start the day off right!
You can seat yourself, the staff are friendly and down to earth. It's a special place in the city that can be a little crowded and yet your un-rushed table conversation will not be interrupted by an abrasive and noisy setting. Instead, monk chants abound.
Savoury. A class above the rest.
If you like a breakfast menu with tons of options, this is probably the best in town. It's 5 pages in fairly small font, if I remember correctly. Pannenkoek are Dutch pancakes, and are the main draw here. There are at least 50 or 60 variations available, both savoury and sweet. My favourites are the #15 - "Crispy Spud" and the #22 "Huevos Rancheros". Prices in the $9-13 range. Yes, I've been there a few times. You can also get waffles and other typical breakfast items. Sausages are highly recommended. Coffee is solid and refills come frequently. On weekends the place is packed after 10:30ish, so service suffers a bit, but normally it's fast and friendly. Very kid- and family-friendly.
On the downside, the decor is pretty tired, full of knick-knacks like beer glasses and old posters from the Netherlands. Hasn't been updated since they opened. The photos of customers all along the walls are cool though. The washroom is clean, but looks like it's all original, and not in a good way. They need to spend a few $$ and do a washroom reno.
John Dy, the owner, started the De Dutch Pannekoek House chain, then sold it to open this place. The food is way better than the chain's, in my opinion. Not chic, not fancy, but very good food in a friendly atmosphere. And they play classical music! The only other budget-friendly place I can think of that does that is Opera Sushi...
I've been here a lot now and thought it was time to write a review! I love love the eggs benny here! soo soo good! and its very filling! I've brought almost everyone i know to this place and everyone seems to enjoy it. The coffee is very very good as well and its unlimited refils which is always nice. The people that work there are really friendly!
P.S. - The fact that there is this really good-looking food prep guy there on the wknd, doesn't hurt;)
Will def be back and soon!
I've been to a few De Dutch locations before, and I've been sorely disappointed by all of them. So when a family member suggested this place, the ORIGINAL restaurant that inspired the spread of Dutch pancakes restaurants in Vancouver, I was skeptical indeed.
Needless to say, I was quite impressed. I loved the decor; it was kitchy but genuine and laid back. I especially liked the vast collection of beer mugs from around the world.
The food was by far way better than I had at any of the other De Dutch locations. I had a dutch pancake with spek (dutch bacon, quite delightful!) and 2 poached eggs with a side of hollandaise. It wasn't greasy (which was how it usually is at De Dutch) and you can never go wrong with bacon, no matter what country its from! The only, very minor, miss about the food was that the serving of hollandaise was too small. But fact that the hollandaise was fantastic made up for it!
The service was also solid. The server was very nice and attentive and our food was brought to us promptly. She checked with us often and refilled our coffee before we even got to the bottom of our cups!
I'm really glad I gave this place a chance. I think the problem with the other De Dutch locations (and pretty much any restaurant that opens numerous branches) is that the food quality suffers and becomes chain restaurant quality: cheap but crappy. Its good to see a place like this has stayed true to its passion.
I'll definitely be back for the more adventurous menu items!