'My Old Dutch' is a mini chain of 4 pancake houses. This Chelsea branch on King's Road is my choice of where to go for a GOOD pancake in London.
The savoury ones include your regular Ham/Bacon & Cheese style offerings and more quirky ones like Chilli Con Carne or Smoked Duck. I am not a huge fan of savoury fillings but there is nowhere better in the UK I have yet tried.
The sweet ones are what I usually go for and like the Banana, Chocolate & Nuts and the Apple or Pear Cinnamon. You can also choose your own with extras like Nutella available.
The Waffles are excellent and if I DO go for a savoury pancake I still manage one of them.
Prices are on the expensive side with savoury ones around £9.50 and sweet ones for £7 or so. Fries are good but at £4 they had better be.
I've been here several times now, and can declare My Old Dutch to be a thoroughly A-OK place. In some areas it's better than this. In others, worse. Overall? A-OK.
Let's start with the pancakes. They're not going to rock your world. They're not going to take you to the streets of Amsterdam or even Paris. But they will sustain you adequately. They're huge, probably approaching 14 inches (35 cm) in diameter. The savoury ones come in a variety of toppings. My favourite is the smoked salmon, cream and mushroom one, though I've had the Hawaiian one too (indeed, many of the other toppings seem quite pizza-like). The sweet ones start with the standard basic ones (lemon & sugar, maple syrup) and extend to fancier ones (e.g. chocolate, ice cream and banana). Come here on a Monday and you can gorge on any of these pancakes for a bargain £5.
There's other stuff going on at My Old Dutch too, and it's a little hit and miss. The poffertjes and waffles I've had have both been disappointing: dry and rather tough in the first case, and straight out of a packet in the second. On the other hand, the beer and American-style 'Butterscotch' pancakes are definite hits. The beer range is comprised of the better Belgian fruit beers, and at reasonable prices too (around £4 for a bottle). The American-style 'Butterscotch' pancakes are good-enough, if at rather average value for 4 small pancakes for £6. Still, they're freshly made, which is not something you can take for granted in London-town. The service meanwhile is good: quick, helpful, friendly.
Overall, it won't likely change your life, but still worth stopping by if you're in the mood for pancakes and it's a Monday or you need a American-pancake fix.
Crepperie or Crapperie? More like cack on a plate IMHO. Too much dough in a dilapidated decor.
If you want Crepes, check out 'La Creperie de Hampstead' - those guys know how to do Crepes! My Old Dutch, on the other hand, tastes like it sounds... old, tired and cheap. Service is spotty. Quality is mediocre. Crepes are supposed to be diminutive and packed with flavour... not massive and dour.
This is the place that introduced me to my love of sweet crepes! I used to go here at least once a week when I lived in London a few years ago. They have sweet and savory (pretty standard), but be prepared for a huge crepe unfolded on your plate. My fave was the plain with powder-sugar, but many others with veggies and cheese are very popular.
Cute small tables to munch away at and it's the perfect spot if you are being indecisive and want a filling, yet inexpensive fix. Lucky for everyone this is a chain throughout London so you may just find one in your nabe.
Yummy crepes whether you want breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or a late night snack!
I had a great experience at My Old Dutch.
The pancakes are simply massive! The ham and cheese pancake was perfectly made and tasted absolutely delicious. I also had the opportunity to try the apple pancake with ice cream.
Overall, only second to a pancake house I enjoye in Amsterdam.
If you're in the area, this is a filling and crowd pleasing breakfast. Not a 'destination brunch' by any means, but I have and will continue to return when it is convenient.
Could it be better? Most certainly.
Don't call it maple syrup. It certainly is not maple in origin. In America, we call this stuff "Pancake syrup" or "butter-flavored syrup," as there is no maple even in the ingredients. Not to say that the stuff they serve up here is awful, it just ain't maple.
Savory pancakes were great. I particularly like the Greek and Ratatouille ones.
I was taken here many, many moons ago by a lovely man I met on my flight over. I had never had a savory pancake before, but it was delicious. Huge, but good!
I ordered the My Old Dutch and the Fruit Berry Compote for dessert. Yum, yum...
Each time I visit London, I try to go here and definitely recommend it to others visiting. A nice change to the usual pasta, steak, or curry.
An institution of 50 years... this restaurant is popular with local families - probably because the food and casual atmosphere (and relatively low prices) are very family-friendly compared to a lot of the other surrounding dining options.
While there are a few token starter and salad options on the menu, the bulk of it centers around, you guessed it, pancakes. But not just your typical butter and powdered sugar topped variety - no, they've gone the creative route. Greek with halloumi and olives and tomatoes, Mexican with chilli meat and guacamole, or even make your own...the savory pancake options are limitless.
By far the most impressive thing about these pancakes is their presentation (and not just because, for whatever silly reason, the kitchen is located in the basement so the servers have to run up and down a massive staircase just to get your pannekoeken to you - I feel bad for them, dashing up those stairs all day long...how do they do it?) as the other reviewers have noted - the pancakes are served on these unbelievably massive platters of blue windmill pattern pottery, so the initial appearance is rather grand, even if the product itself is not-so-much.
In truth, these pancakes are really nothing more than open-faced crepes, scattered rather scantily with toppings that the French would never deign consider for their own signature thin confection; very reminiscent of nouveau pizza. I had the Italian and found it too-greasy to the point that I couldn't finish it, and the toppings inadequate in quantity and unimpressive in quality.
Certainly not my favourite restaurant on King's Road, but definitely one that would please a crowd; especially a crowd that involves kids.
As you can imagine when a friend of mine told me there was a restaurant that specialized in crepes, my eyes glittered with hope and excitement.
Too much glitter, too soon. As it happens my expectations were just too high or really it just wasn't that good. The salty crepes are sort of a water down version of a really nice italian pizza. They place the crepe on a very large ceramic blue plate (with windmills printed on them) and the ingredients are scattered on the top. The crepe was not fresh and the cheese and tomato barely covered the highly floured crepe. The food was even a bit cold when it arrived. I won't go back, maybe the sweet crepes are of a higher quality but I'd rather not know.
Favorite kids place. great selection of crepes/galettes/pancakes and some nice bottles of bear to go with.
I love this place. The pancakes are what you'd expect - Dutch. You can get very similar pancakes in Holland. The pancakes look massive when they bring them to you, but because they are so thin, it's not as much as it seems like at first glance. I go for the savory veggie versions and if I can manage it, share a sweet version for desert. They're a bit more pricey than I like so I try to get one of the specials when I can. But when you add in a Dutch beer, it's a truly wonderful meal.
It's all about the sweet pancake for me - and being American I can never veer far from maple syrup and butter. The pancakes are huge which is good when they are 6 quid each! Great for late breakfast and coffee. No big frills - just a cozy pancake house!
One large pancake/crepe is a fabulous way to start the day. I chose to make my own pancake with apples, pears and honey and it was delicious. I would say a dutch pancake is more like a crepe than a pancake but it is topped with icing sugar and it is breakfast goodness! There were options with nutella and caramel but I would think that is too sweet for breakfast. The fruit crepe was just perfect.
Pancakes, Waffles, Crepes (sweet and savory). On the Kings Road. !!Brunch!!
The savory pancake I ordered was huge! It took up half the table and was pretty dense. I cant say its the best pancake I've had, but this is a pleasant place to have lunch.
This is an old favourite of mine - it's not a creperie in the French sense, they treat their pancakes more like a pizza: big pancake base served flat with a wide choice of different toppings. I'm always surprised at how filling the pancakes are, they really are huge. They have also added a range of delicious milkshakes to the menu. Great every time and I can't wait for my next visit! The Monday Madness offer (any pancake for £5) is great and popular, too, so it's one of the few places I know that has a buzzy atmosphere on a Monday.
My children love eating at My Old Dutch. The menu is full of savoury pancake choices, but my lot usually go for something sweet, like maple syrup and banana. The plates are huge and the pancakes cover the whole plate, so you feel totally stuffed by the time you've finished. I wouldn't say it's value for money though, I'm usually quite shocked at the size of the bill.
If your a pancake enthusiast this is the place to go. The menu is very inspiring, i didnt think it was possible to get a better vaiation than lemon on sugar on my pancakes until i went to my old dutch. However it does take time for your pancake to be made and it seems to me that their waiting staff do tend to have their hands full a lot of the time. Having saying that they do have great offers such as monday madness where all pancakes on the menu are for a fiver, which in some cases is nearly half price. This is well worth your money as i have never been able to finish my pancakes, not because theyre not tasty but because of their humongous size which seems to fill their wooden tables and my appetite to say the least. Defintly a great family place to go and especially on mondays!
have been going to this restaurant for many years - the size of the pancakes has to be seen to be believed. great place to go in ths summer to get away from the crowded streets
My Old Dutch serves the biggest pancakes in town that I know of. I've been going there for years but haven't been in a while to find that they have stripped their cosy kitsch look for something sleeker, more modern and more generic, though they still serve the pancakes on these beautifully painted huge plates so some things are the same. I chose the smoked duck, something they had removed from their menu but brought back and to be honest, it was a little disappointing as in the old days you were given thick slices of duck breast rather than paper-thin slices of duck whatever. The peppers were also over cooked and a bit greasy and there wasn't enough sauce. The others, who like me, have worked on Kings Road and therefore eaten many a time here, ordered different pancakes like the Greek. Debs, thought it was too much batter and not enough cheese and Marie, was pretty disappointed with her Greek pancake too. The sweet pancakes such as the one dusted generously with icing sugar and served with three fat lemon wedges went down well and I have to say, my banana milkshake was really good. However, they also got the timing for Marie's birthday cake wrong and we thought there was a blackout for ten minutes when no cake emerged, so service was not exactly tip-top. However, if you are coming here the first time, come on a Monday as all pancakes are £5, which makes trying it out all the more better. I, was disappointed however, as knowing what they used to serve and experience what they offer now, maybe it's time to bring back the chintz.
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