The Dutch are well known for their stroopwaffles, poffertjes and Dutch pancakes. You would think that they’re all pancakes anyway, what’s the difference? Stroopwaffles are flat and sweet. The more simple ones are thinly sandwiched with caramel inside, sometimes flavored lightly with cinnamon. The more “blinged” version comes dipped in chocolate, white chocolate and garnished with sprinkles, nuts and a lot more. It’s chewy too.
Poffertjes are mini pancakes but thicker and flufffier. They’re topped with different choices but the plain ones with strawberries and fresh cream takes the cake.
Dutch pancakes are more like crepe. It’s super thin, crunchy on the outside and soft inside. Like a crepe, you can have it savory or sweet.
De Vier Pilaren is ranked 4.5 stars on Trip Advisor with more than a thousand reviews. To my delight, it was just a street and few meters away from our hotel at Vondelpark! We got there early so we were able to grab a table outside the small cozy shed-type restaurant. We got to enjoy the canal view with boats passing by.
You can take a peek at their kitchen and watch how profertjes are made. It reminded me of how the Japanese takoyaki is made.
Rae eagerly waiting for her order of cold milk. The staff were lovely and chatty, we felt right at home.
Tip: Go early in the morning around 10 AM so that you will have cozy outdoor spots by the canal. When we arrived there were a lot of tables and when we sat down the three or four tables started to be filled with hungry early bird diners.
I figured I wanted to have the poffertjes with strawberries and fresh cream lightly dusted with powder. They were amazing! The strawberries were succulent and sweet. Even Rae liked it.
For a high rating restaurant with stellar reviews, the prices were reasonable. I was half joking when I told my husband I wanted to go back in the afternoon for more pancakes and pofffertjes. Too bad my tummy is almost always full so I didn’t think to go back anymore. I’ll definitely be dropping by the next time I’m in town again.