It might not be the ‚goodest‘ of foods, but as a Dutch national, sometimes I miss the typical Dutch food from home. Apart from the cheese, the pindakaas (peanutbutter) and pannenkoeken (pancakes), the things I miss the most is the naughty Dutch fried foods. I never realised that a frikandel, a kroket or a berenklauw would be so impossible to get in a country not too far away from the Dutch border. But sadly, the fried meats and fries one normally gets and eats in the Netherlands are nowhere to be found in Berlin. Except for one little magical place in Berlin Friedrichshain, around the corner from Ostkreuz, called De Molen (the mill). And since not only Dutchies like these yummy foods, I thought it more than appropriate to introduce this little snackshack here.
Eat Dutch Food in Berlin
De Molen is actually run by a German man who used to work and live in the Netherlands for decades and who brought the beloved fried delights back with him to Berlin. Here you can enjoy the pleasures of real Dutch fries (fried in authentic Dutch oil), and supplemented with all the sauces popular and beloved in the Netherlands – satésaus, Joppiesaus, mayonaise and they also do a speciaal on your frikandel. Sound exotic and confusing? The Dutch simply adore their bits of fried fry. A Dutch frikandel is a long, thin sausage-esque roll that gets fried and is classically supplemented by a curry and mayonaise sauce, topped with bits of onion (a so-called „frikandel speciaal“). The kroket is a thick, crispy roll, filled with a warm and soft meaty ragout-like substance. You eat the kroket with mustards. Mini versions of the kroket are the popular and epic bitterballen – small round balls with the stuffing of a kroket.
But let’s get back to the culinary haven of De Molen. Here you can indulge in all possible snacks of Dutch descent, from kroketten, frikandellen up to mexicano’s (a fried snack, with spicy meat). You can eat anything you want in a Dutch breadroll, or get a large order of fries on the side. They also serve a large collection of Dutch beers (such as Grolsch), some of which you cannot get in a German supermarket. Additionally, this snackbar sometimes sells Dutch vla, freshly imported from a Dutch supermarket – and they always have Dutch hagelslag (small flakes of chocolate to sprinkle on your bread), real pindakaas (peanutbutter) and much more. But the main reason for coming here is the fries and the meat balls. My favourite Dutch snack is a berenklauw (a bear’s claw), which is a large fried meat ball with onions and peanut sauce. Seriously, one of the best and most flavoursome things to eat when you’re in need of that fatty touch of food.
What Makes this Restaurant Fabulous?
- It is not a restaurant, but a quick-bite snackbar. Perfect to pop in after a long cycle ride in summer, or for some much-needed take-away indulgences.
- The owner is a real connaisseur, he’ll tell you all about the wonderous world of Dutch snacking.
- The food is authentically Dutch and yummy. If you’re Dutch, you know this place is the real deal as soon as you swallow the first bite.
- For 1 to 5 euros you can pick and choose your fried desire.
What Makes this Restaurant less Fabulous?
- It is a snackbar, therefore do not expect a beautiful restaurant. There are enough nice tables inside to sit during the chilly days (and a few outside for the summer), so you can comfortably enjoy your snacking.
Where to Go?
[googleMap name=“De Molen“ width=“400″ height=“400″ mousewheel=“false“ typecontrol=“false“ directions_to=“false“]Neue Bahnhofstr. 26a 10245 Berlin[/googleMap]
Neue Bahnhofstr. 26a