Daantje Food & Drinks is a vegan lunchroom that also serves a 3 course dinner on fridays and saturdays. It’s located in a historical building near the city centre of Dordrecht. We had never been in this city before, besides the train station. But we’ll go anywhere for vegan food, so we decided to have lunch at Daantje.
The ladies you see in the background were so kind to help us take the photo of us two. But excuse our bloated “we-just-woke-up” faces, we are no morning people. That’s not in our genes.
Anyhow we were so glad we made a reservation, because it was packed during lunch hour. Many tasty looking vegan burgers were being served while we were being seated at our table. The staff really did their best to accommodate our special requests of no onion and garlic. They checked every ingredient list for us and recommended the items that could be customised. We both ordered a wrap and shared a snack and dessert.
The “Tonno” was wrapped in a tuna spread made of chickpeas, seaweed, and capers. We have absolutely no idea how tuna tastes like, but we felt that the spread was on the bland side (maybe because we left out the onion and garlic). However, we think the flavour would already be enhanced if only more seaweed and hearty capers were added. It also came with a side salad of rucola, cucumber, radish, cherry tomatoes and grapes, which was a nice little refreshment.
Just before digging in, we noticed how their knives were engraved with the word “vega” (it’s a company that supplies hotel and catering products). We thought that was funny and very suitable, just missing the “n” at the end, don’t you think?
Funky Chicken wrap
The “Funky Chicken” consisted of soy chicken and pineapple in curry sauce. It was served with the same side salad. But unlike the “Tonno”, this wrap was full of flavours and had the right amount of spicy kick to it. Would gladly eat another one!
The Dutch Weedbites
We also tried The Dutch Weedbites. They were actually big fried soy chunks with a crispy outer layer made of seaweed, hence the vibrant green colour. The texture was great, but we couldn’t really taste the seaweed. If eaten without the sauce, they were a bit too salty. We couldn’t help but think how good these would go with a satay sauce instead. And yes, we are well aware of our obsession with satays.
Rice pudding pie
Rice pudding pie (or rijstevlaai in Dutch) is our favourite pie ever! We didn’t have any since going vegan. So imagine our excitement when we saw this in the display. And it had a popping orange colour too, which almost felt like King’s day. It was probably made of sweet potatoes and we could also taste a hint of coconut. The filling and crust were vaster and dryer than the real deal, but we liked it nonetheless.
Daantje is a cosy place that made us feel very at home. The staff were really attentive and helpful. We especially loved the “Funky Chicken” wrap and are curious about their 3 course dinner set. If it wasn’t an 1,5 hr drive from where we live, we would probably find ourselves here more often.
And just before leaving, this fluffy big bear entered the room. We really had the urge to hug him, look how adorable he is!
Daantje Food & Drinks
- Nieuwstraat 25, 3311 XR Dordrecht, The Netherlands
- Wed – Thu: 10:00 – 17:00 | Fri – Sat: 10:00 – 21:00 | Sun: 12:00 – 17:00
Since we were already in town, we might as well do some shopping. While some girls get excited about buying new clothes or make up, we get excited about buying fruits and veggies! So after our lunch, we walked straight to the open market with many stalls of fruits. Three avocados for €1 and two papayas for €2, who could resist right? Surely enough we ended up buying them. The strawberries were a great bargain too, but we were afraid they wouldn’t survive our trip home. Such a pity!