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May 10, 2011 05:02 AM

Vegetable lovers seek recs for cheap places that do magic with produce. (AMSTERDAM)

We are going to the 'Dam for 4 days in early June. Some meals are part of a friend's birthday celebration, but we will be on our own for others. We have rented a flat in the Jordaan, so we will fix our own breakfasts. But, please recommend places that do magic with vegetables but don't break the budget. On our last visit, a year ago, we were thrilled with the broodjes, fries, and apple cake we found, but found our vegetables lacking or lackluster. Further out and away from the touristy throngs is fine.

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  1. I think the best thing the Dutch do with vegetables is use them to make soups. I've also had some tasty fresh sandwiches in Amsterdam (Espirit for lunch in the Spui pops to mind). You might be interested in Gartine:

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    1. re: barberinibee

      So wrong dear barberinibee Gartine is nice for a small lunch, some salads, cakes & sandwiches. Magic is done woth vegetables at de Kas, Wilde Zwijnen or Merkelbach (the last two are specialized in 'forgotten' vegetable. Menu (mostly vegs) at de Kas appr € 45,- the others around € 30,-

      1. re: hvdmeeberg

        I have no idea what you think I'm wrong about. I was passing along a link to Gartine, and otherwise expressing my purely personal preferences and experiences. I can't be "wrong" about those!

        1. re: barberinibee

          You're wrong because you have no idea what's happening on food and more specific veg's in Amsterdam. Can happen but then I think it's better to keep your preferences personal. Instead of sharing them ;-)

          1. re: hvdmeeberg

            One of the reasons this site is so popular is that there is a wide variety of opinions expressed here. I want to read them all so that I can gather enough information to then make my own decisions about where and what to eat. Everyone has a right to express an opinion, whether others agree with it or not.

            1. re: hvdmeeberg

              And you would know that why, exactly?

          2. re: hvdmeeberg

            De Kas sounds lovely. I am planning to dine there in July and look forward to some "magical vegetables"!

        2. Most 'regular' restaurants tend to be quite meat/fish-centric, in my opinion. Protein comes first, the vegetables are often an afterthought. Cannot count the number of times I had a pile of tired, under- or overcooked vegetables on my plate...

          I have heard great reports about the treatment of vegetables at vegetarian restaurant Betty's but have to admit I haven't been myself.

          I like Greetje for their 'Dutch food with a twist' and had some good vegetable dishes there.

          I also like Firma Pekelharing for cheap & cheerful, trendy and no nonsense Italian, the vegetables I've had there were always fresh and interesting.

          For something different, try a Turkish place like Orontes or Lebanese like Beyrouth.

          If you are here the first week of June, you should be able to catch the very last of the white asparagus, and you could cook them in your apartment! Get some good lightly smoked ham, some quality butter, some new potatoes and boil some eggs, and you'll have one of your best dinners ever ;)

          1. I recommend De Witte Uyl. The menu is seasonal and inspired by the owner's travels - so its not traditional Dutch food. Annmieke, your host and owner will make you feel right at home and there are always vegetarian options available. I find her food to be comforting, warm and inspired.

            She does two courses plus dessert for around 40 euros.

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            1. re: chloes

              Sorry Chloes, I live in Amsterdam and am a food critic for 2 magazines. De Witte Uyl is not a top 50 restaurant to my opinion. It's really not special!

            2. Has anybody been here:
              Waaghals Vegetarian Restaurant?

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              1. re: relizabeth

                I have been, although I have to admit the last time was a couple of years ago, but recent reports from friends do not lead me to believe its changed all that much. My opinion: it's ok, but nothing special - it tends to lean towards the 'healthy' side of vegetarian cooking, with lots of brown rice, wholegrains etc, not that that's necessarily a bad thing, but it can give you the feeling that 'good for you' comes first and 'delicious' second.

                Also, they do this thing that lots of vegetarian places seem to do which is have a dinner special that consists of numerous dishes all on one plate, of which I'm not a fan.

              2. btw the very best vegetable-magic-working (vegetarian) dinner I ever had in the Netherlands was here:
                see pictures here

                a bit of a trek from Amsterdam but if you're in the country for a bit longer, its definitely worth it.