Contemporary traditional Dutch cuisine at
Restaurant Greetje

TEXT: MICHIEL STOL| PHOTOS © RESTAURANT GREETJE

Restaurant Greetje opened in 2005. “It is named after my mother”, says owner René van Loven. We use some of her and her mother’s recipes and prepare them with a modern twist. Take the veal for instance: the recipe is traditional, but we use modern, slow cooking techniques to prepare it to perfection.” Menus at restaurant Greetje are composed of specialties, cooked with fresh daily and organic ingredients from Dutch soil. “We prepare our dishes with love and respect for their ingredients and the environment. We make no concessions concerning the quality. I would rather say ‘no’, then sell poor quality,” stresses René.

Restaurant Greetje’s interior, established in a monumental building from 1889 on the Peperstraat in old Amsterdam, pays homage to traditional Dutch cuisine. Wooden floors, wainscoting and wallpaper with a Dutch scene in Delft blue give the restaurant its traditional ambience. “We want you to feel at home.”

To truly appreciate Dutch cuisine, you have to dine at Restaurant Greetje. René: “Our mission is to retrieve the most arcane regional dishes and pay homage to Dutch food.” As said by The New York Times: “Greetje serves the most honest and thoroughly Dutch food…”

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