De Dutch specializes in breakfast, brunch and lunch, offering customers a unique blend of European ethnicity in their menu items.
We have been several times and while the food is quite tasty and very different from a lot of other places the service can leave a lot to be desired and it is quite pricy for what you get. The restaurant is generally clean but the atmosphere is quite borring and the tables can be too close together in some areas. The last few times we have gone the portions have gotten a little bit smaller and the service more rushed. The service is relatively friendly, with the exception of most of the hostesses who seem quite rude, but several times food took quite a while and things were forgotten. The servers apologized several times for mistakes and lateness, but didn't go anything to rectify it, or even bother to be more diligent in the future. I'd go again if I was with someone who really wanted to go, but it wouldn't be my first choice for value and service.
This was my first time ever at a De Dutch. I felt I had to go after seeing their mind-numbingly annoying commercials hundreds, if not thousands, of times on t.v.
I have been checking out eggs benny around Victoria, Vancouver and Nanaimo, so I ordered the Amsterdam benedict - it comes with ham and edam.
I think the young male server may actually have been cooking as well. No problem about that, though, as there were only two other people in the restaurant as it was 7:30 a.m.
The eggs were not poached; they were over-easy. The hollandaise was thin and separating. I didn't care much for the Dutch rusk the eggs were on as it was too dry and crunchy, but I've had worse rusks. The menu showed peas and other crap in the potatoes, but fortunately what I got was strictly potatoes. They were nothing to write home about, but I ate them. The salad was mostly iceberg lettuce, a couple pieces a bit brown. The dressing didn't taste like much. I ran out of water and just poured some from my canteen into my glass.
I really liked the edam and ham.
It wasn't the worst eggs benny I've ever had. I would maybe go back another time and try the pannekoek or an omelette, but I'm not in a hurry to do so.
This chain of restaurants are all over BC and I always stop in when I want a big breakfast. The savoury pannekeok with cheese, meat and hollandaise sauce are my favourites. Its good food and you even have a choice between regular and free-range eggs.