My first adventure out was to My Old Dutch – a pancake house just a few hundred yards west of Holborn Underground Station along High Holborn road.
It was super easy to find, bang smack on the main road, and had a bright and cheery sign outside – always a good start.
This is where my eyes became bigger than my stomach. I was overwhelmed by the choice and although I was initially just coming in for a sweet pancake, I soon found myself ordering the restaurants savoury namesake – the My Old Dutch. This savoury pancake is made up of smoked bacon, chicken, ham, sweet pepper, mushrooms, sweet corn & cheese. Delicious…
|The My Old Ducth savoury pancake - plenty for two!|
I ordered another drink and was letting the food go down, casually browsing the sweet pancake menu, trying to decide if going for round number 2 was a good idea or not.
I should’ve listened to my stomach but didn’t and soon I was ordering their new butterscotch pancakes with strawberries, blueberries, maple syrup and cream. This is what pancake legends are made of.
The savoury pancake was impressive, but in my opinion a sweet pancake always wins, and this stack really was sensational. The fruit was tangy enough to cut through the super sweet maple syrup, and the cream added a rich indulgence to the pile.
Beautifully presented, they didn’t skimp on the fruit, cream OR maple syrup – I really was in pancake heave…but stomach hell.
|Round two - sweet pancakes.|
I ALMOST finished my second course, but alas, they got the better of me. There were no complaints except that a petite girl of 4’11” cannot stomach two courses of their amazing pancakes. I feel this is more my parents fault than My Old Dutch’s…damn my genes!
All in all, the food I had was delicious. When I return next – and I most definitely will return…my two course triumph got me TWO stamps on their loyalty card, YAY – I will just go for the one course. The atmosphere was so fun and carefree that I felt perfectly comfortable eating by myself. There was also such an eclectic mix of patrons that people watching kept me entertained as much as the music and art work did!
Other favourite things about the restaurant – whoever runs their twitter feed is hilarious, I love their rustic plates (though perhaps the giant chip in the side was a step too far), and their drinks menu is just as extensive as their pancake menu with plenty of Dutch beers for those who like a tipple.
So I bet you’re wondering how much a delicious feast like this will set you back. A GIANT savoury pancake will cost you around £9 and at that price I really do recommend you share with someone else – it’s always nice to split the bill!
If it’s something sweet you’re after, pudding pancakes are roughly £7.
Clearly it’s not the kind of place a student could afford to visit once a week for lunch – but it really is good value for money, so visiting once in a while as a special treat is a great idea!
However, students get 10% off every day but Mondays, because on Mondays all of the sweet and savoury pancakes on the a la carte menu are just £5!!! Why visit any other day?! This instantly makes it THE place to get lunch…on a Monday…
Now…If you can do the math, you’re probably guessing my innocent lunch out probably cost quite a bit…and I must point one thing out. This was by no means an ordinary lunch. I have NEVER spent this much on a lunch, and never will again. Coincidentally, I have never eaten this much in one sitting before, and unsurprisingly I never will again…
I maintain that if you are sensible and order just one round of pancakes; making use of the Monday Deal or the Student discount this amazing pancake house really does offer value for money. I am just a greedy gannet and got ahead of myself! For the sake of my waistline and my purse, it will not happen again.