With Toronto facing another cold winter, something has to be done to take the edge off. Justin Go, of Dutch food pop-up Borrel thinks the answer to beating the cold might lie in the kitchens of the Netherlands.
Long accustomed to cold, damp, bone-chilling winters, Dutch culture has come up with some amazing comfort food antidotes. In addition to the unique food, this menu conveys the concept of “gezellig”— a Dutch word that encompasses all things cozy and convivial. The Dep is the perfect cozy, relaxed and family-friendly environment to experience this taste of authentic Dutch warmth.
Originally a staple meal for Dutch farmers after a long day’s work in the cold, the traditional dish boerenkool has for centuries been the food of choice to battle winter in Holland. A delicious combination of kale and mashed potato, mixed with homemade bacon lardons, served with slices of smoked sausage and topped with gravy, it’s a dish guaranteed to warm the coldest of souls.
$9, vegetarian: $8
This popular snack consists of minced beef, chicken or vegetables cooked in a savoury roux, rolled into balls, breaded and deep-fried, served with Zaanse, a special mustard from the North of Holland. Beef, chicken or vegetarian:
A blend of beef, pork and chicken sausage, fried with onions, curry ketchup and mayonnaise on a bun. Served with paprika chips.
Mini pancakes made is a special pan made only for this purpose, topped with icing sugar and butter.
Prix Fixe: Boerenkool + Bitterballen -or- Frikandel + Poffertjes = $20
Justin Go and his fiancee Alison Broverman have spent Sunday afternoons this past year serving up traditional Dutch fare at The Ossington. They are now bringing their authentic Dutch specialities to other pop-ups around the city.