Established in 1958, My Old Dutch prides itself on being London’s oldest pancake house. With three locations in central London and a wide choice of either savoury or sweet pancakes, it seems like the perfect place to make a beeline for on any day of the week.
Before visiting we hopped onto their website in an attempt to get an idea for what their menu had to offer a balanced busy body, but we were sadly disappointed.
Unfortunately, their devotion to tradition has resulted in a 20th century menu for nutritionally conscious 21st century diners.
It may have been a bit optimistic for us to hope for a gluten free option at a pancake house, but at the very least we were hoping to understand how many calories were in a pancake. There was a glimmer of hope when we spotted the ‘lite’ menu, but with no explanation of how the ‘lite’ menu differed from the standard menu, it merely presented itself as a different type of offering and not necessarily a healthier option.
The menu does offer a choice of salads so coeliacs technically have options – although limited.
What we tried
Smoked salmon pancake with mushroom and dill
Poffertjes (authentic, light, fluffy, baby pancakes, traditionally served with sugar and butter)
What we thought
It’s hard to get a pancake wrong. Our smoked salmon pancake was a lot larger than we expected and therefore very filling. From experience we believe that the Smoked Salmon pancake provided a good amount of protein, but without understanding the ingredient list, we don’t know how dairy, simple/complex carbs or fats factor into the balance.
Despite how filling our Smoked Salmon pancake was, we made room for these little treats which were pretty much as described on the menu. They weren’t as light and fluffy as American pancakes, but this is My Old Dutch after all, so we won’t hold that against them.
After our visit we contacted them to find out if they provided a gluten free option but they confirmed that they did not.
What was achieved in taste, was unfortunately lost in nutritional consideration.
What we liked
The length of time My Old Dutch has been established and the traditional feel for the menu
What we didn’t like
The paltry attempt to include healthy options on the menu
The inability for a potential diner to understand the nutritional content with relative ease
Value for money
At just under £10 for the Smoked Salmon pancake it’s hardly a competitively priced pancake… However, considering the central London locations it’s the average price for a main meal.
What we would do differently
Create a pancake made with garam flour and soya milk so that coeliacs and vegetarians had a pancake option and weren’t just limited to salad
Clearly differentiate the ‘lite’ menu from the standard menu
Good for: diners who aren’t particular
Ok for: lacto ovo vegetarians
Not so good for: coeliacs, calorie counters, carb conscious diners or vegans