Every time I return to Amsterdam it has numerous new tempting brunch additions. But when I was in town two weeks ago I was determined to brunch at Buffet van Odette – a cafe/restaurant which is a staple brunch place for most young and ‘with it’ Amsterdammers, and which I, shamefully, had yet to visit.
The name is misleading, since it does not really offer a buffet – though the bar and windowsill display a selection of plates of cakes and pastries and huge bowls of the freshest, most colourful salads – so a buffet of sorts.
I was worried that this bright, charming, and seriously popular cafe would be full as we walked down the Prinsengracht on a beautiful autumnal Saturday morning. It takes no brunch bookings after all. But we were lucky – while the small terrace facing the canal (i.e prime seats) was busy, inside was relatively empty. Just a few friends catching up, and a number of couples sipping cappuccinos.
We ordered Bloody Marys (good ones) while we waited for our food (which did take a while). The truffle cheese omelette was high on everyones list. Turns out that it’s famous for a reason – it blew us all away. I felt like something lighter so went for the ‘salad from the buffet’. And this was really no ‘normal’ salad – my bowl was piled high with all my favourite ingredients: roasted beetroot, crunchy quinoa, grilled carrots, creamy humous, tomato tapenade, carvelo nero kale and fennel with dill. Sublime. Oh, and the bread they use – from Hartog – is seriously good too.
Buffet van Odette also serves dinner (which you can book), and for 30 euros you can get a three-course meal. Niet slecht (not bad). Seeing the canal lit up at night through their large windows can’t be a bad way to end your day either.
Buffet van Odette has prime location on one of Amsterdam’s most stunning canals and those who don’t know Amsterdam well should stroll along the Prinsengracht after brunch towards the ‘negen straatjes’ (nine little streets), for some window shopping and more cute cafes and restaurants. We passed a new shop called ‘Second Female’ – a Danish brand which recently opened in Amsterdam, offering amazing knit jumpers, lose fitting smart winter coats and tailored dresses. On the pricier side of the high street, but just about affordable. And at least no one else will be wearing it in England!
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Photos City Turtle’s and Buffet van Odette’s (Moon Jansen)