Netherlands: Amsterdam – Deshima (Review)

A cosy cafe serving vegan food almost in the shadow of the Rijksmuseum

Location: Weteringschans 65, 1017 RW Amsterdam
Map: Google Map
Type: Health food store with a vegan cafe
Website: Restaurant Website
Prices: Relatively inexpensive food to central Amsterdam

After spending the morning walking the long and vast halls of the Rijksmuseum studying the works art through the centuries we were in need of some sustenance. Luckily, just a block or so from the museum we had discovered there was a cafe called Deshima, located inside a health food institute, which served vegan food.

The cafe itself was quite small, I think about 20 people would comfortably fill the place, but we were lucky enough to find a table. It was very cosy inside and a welcome break from the wet, grey day that we had just escaped from. A nirvana moment! The exposed brick feature wall added a welcome rustic charm to contrast the busy cityscape outside..

The menu options were pretty basic, so we decided to try out the soup and sandwich combo with a savoury pastry and then follow this with the apple pie, which looked delicious.

They were a little short-handed on the day and order were coming through on the phone so it took a little while for our order to arrive. The food was tasty, but the portions were quite small – perhaps I have grown too used to the portion sizes you get in restaurants in America (which can be obscene.) Anyway, the large slice of apple cake saved the day and filled our tummies to carry us through to dinner time.

If you are looking for a healthy vegan lunch or snack and are in the area of Rijksmuseum then I recommend checking out Deshima. The setting is very cosy. The menu options are limited and it is a little pricey, but the food is flavourful and a lot of thought has gone into its preparation. Our plate was simple, but they had larger plates and judging by the look of what was being served it looked wonderful. A good sign of a successful restaurant is how busy it is with locals – and the place was packed with them!

 

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