Too thick to be contact solution and too thin for sealing windows, maple syrup remains undeniably most effective as a pancake dressing. Savour nature's sweetest sap with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of traditional Dutch fare at De Dutch on Quadra Street.
This Netherlands import indulges tasters with 50 sweet and savoury varieties of pannekoeken and a caboodle of other Dutch staples in a warm, casual atmosphere. As the only restaurant of its kind in Western Canada, this syrup bistro adorns each 37.5-inch circumference carb canvas with a choice of toppings. Topped offerings include the Canadian with DeBakon (a pork cottage roll), tomato, two eggs, and other hearty garnishes ($13) alongside a jug of honey or maple marmalade. Traditionally this brawny pannekoek is rolled up, but diners can also enjoy pannekoeken such as the Apple and Cheddar ($13) unrolled and cut into 113 1-square-inch bites. A stone-flanked fireplace anchors the Dutch-inspired dining room, soothing focused diners as they navigate a smorgasbord of tummy favours or decorate their beards with icing sugar.
In addition to its signature morning fare, De Dutch also fashions recipes from "The Frying Dutchman," the Pannekoeken founder's original culinary concept, including the Simple Simon ($10) and the Humble Helen ($10 each), a patty dressed in Edam cheese, an all beef wiener, and sautéed onions bashful of their tear-inducing sonnet sequences.