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Being vegetarian is an adventure. You never know what you are going to eat.
We visited a restaurant in Amsterdam at the weekend. On exploring the menu it was hard to ascertain what was veggie in spite of plentiful Dutch menu knowledge.
In the end we settled on the ‘hete bliksem met jongegold appel, rodebeet en saus.’
I’ve used what I can remember of the fancy title so you can see what got us.
Bliksem is the word for thunder.
When asked, the waitress said it was vegetarian.
Hmmm. What veggie foods do you think of when you think of thunder?
Hmmm not mashed potato, then?
Creamy smooth, mashed potato.
It came with a chilli which was indeed hot (hete) but mashed potato (with a slice of sweet apple) was the focal point of this dish. It was delicately topped with a well cooked red onion.
Alongside was a delicious set of three roasted beetroot that had the magic of balsamic at work. They sat (perhaps to prevent rolling ) on a flavoursome mash of a dark red hue. Though I’m not sure what it was.
Everything on the plate was very tasty but my point is, mashed potato isn’t the heart of a dish. It’s what a dish is served with. And wait for it €19.50. (That’s about $25, I think.)
The volume of food was also delicate in case you were curious. But it was certainly short changed when compared with the other main course that included meat or fish for the same sort of price.
Now I’m fully aware that restaurant food isn’t about the cost of ingredients alone, however two generous spoons of potato, a single slice of apple, three ping-pong ball sized beetroot and a slice of small red onion surely isn’t the same as a monkfish, bacon and asoaragus portion. I’d guess it cost a euro for the components.
We were given a free yogurt amuse bouche which seems to have been the protein of our meal and some fresh bread but then so were the meat feasted, Eh?
The photo is rubbish as it was quite dark but shows how big the helping was. I don’t generally want to over eat.
I guess my point is that while it was tasty I do wish vegetarian options were always fairly priced.
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