Amsterdam, Netherlands

Greenwoods

18th April 2018

When on holiday, it’s nice to treat yourself to a hearty brunch. The kind of brunch that puts you in an excellent mood and fills you up for a day of exploring. However, often when traveling you might not know where to go to avoid the tourist trap restaurants with overpriced, unsatisfying food. Well, the good news is that I’ve found a brunch place in Amsterdam that you can trust: Greenwoods!

If you venture ever so slightly away from Dam Square, you’ll be rewarded with one of two Greenwoods locations: one at Keizersgracht 465 and the other at Singel 103. On a sunny Sunday morning in April, I visited Greenwoods Singel for brunch before catching a train to Gouda.

Greenwoods - Restaurant Sign

I’ll warn you that Greenwoods is a popular place. I read online that it has a solid brunch squad so there is often a line outside of their locations, especially on weekends. And I can testify that this is correct. On a Sunday morning by 10am, Greenwoods Singel was already full and there was a small number of people waiting ahead of me for a highly coveted table. The line up also continued to grow after I arrived. Daaaaamnnn Greenwoods, your fan club is real! The good news is that the service is efficient and the staff are hard-working and friendly so the turn-over of tables is pretty quick! Not long until you get that brunch in your belly!

Greenwoods - Menu

Apart from the reviews being excellent, the main reason I came to Greenwoods was because of a dish I saw on their online menu. Yes, I sometimes creep menus before I even go on my trips! Once I read the description of this dish, I was hooked and I knew I needed to try it!

So what is this eye-catching dish for which I waited patiently in line? It’s called the Banana Bread Tumble and it’s heavenly. I’m not even lying when I say that it’s one of the most memorable breakfasts I’ve had (for other memorable breakfasts, see here and here).

Greenwoods - Menu

The Banana Bread Tumble is three slices of toasted banana bread with white chocolate mascarpone, fresh blueberries, fresh strawberries, sliced banana, toasted almonds and coconut flakes, and a drizzle of maple syrup. Doesn’t it sound incredible?! I knew I’d like this dish based on the description, but damn, it tasted even better than I imagined! The banana bread was beautiful: fresh, moist, flavourful, and not too sweet. The fruit lightened up the plate and the maple drizzle added a subtle sweetness. But the real show stopper here was the white chocolate mascarpone. IT. WAS. SENSATIONAL! From my first taste of it, I was in love. The white chocolate mascarpone was the perfect topping for this dish; it wasn’t too rich or dense, nor was the taste of white chocolate overpowering. How is this not on more breakfast dishes?? I couldn’t help but spread an even amount of mascarpone on the three banana slices to make sure I got a taste of it with every bite!

Greenwoods - Banana Bread Breakfast

Oh I should also mention that I added bacon to my breakfast. The saltiness of the bacon offset the sweet flavours on the plate, which made for a nice sweet-&-salty pairing. The bacon came on a side plate rather than on the Banana Bread Tumble plate itself. I’ll admit that sometimes it was easy to forget about the bacon because the banana bread and mascarpone were so good!

Greenwoods - Banana Bread Close Up

While I enjoyed my breakfast peacefully, I noticed that most of my fellow brunch people were ordering savoury dishes like the eggs Benedict, the eggs Royale, and the full English breakfast. Although these dishes did look delicious, I couldn’t help but think that everyone here was missing a trick. The Banana Bread Tumble is just too good to skip!

Greenwoods - Banana Bread Breakfast

Alongside my breakfast, I ordered two drinks: a latte macchiato and a homemade carrot, apple, ginger juice. The coffee was flavourful and well made. The juice was refreshing and I mostly ordered it to feel a bit less guilty about my banana bread indulgence. #balance

Greenwoods - Carrot Apple Ginger Juice Greenwoods - Latte macchiatoGreenwoods delivered the brunch goods and I would happily visit again. As a side note, they make their own Irish soda bread and I hear it’s good. Both locations also have outdoor seating by the canal, which should be taken advantage of on nice days. Soak up the sun, watch the bikes go by, and treat yo’self to the banana bread breakfast of your dreams. You’ll be glad you did.


Website: http://greenwoods.eu/index.php

Facebook Singel: https://www.facebook.com/GreenwoodsSingel

Facebook Keizersgracht: https://www.facebook.com/greenwoodskeizersgracht/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/greenwoods_tearoom/


Jess

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