At the Vlaamsch Broodhuys it is all about two things; make people enjoy and bake bread the way it is supposed to be. That sounds good, we want to know all about it. And taste that real bread of course!
The Vlaamsch Broodhuys has two Baker’s Cafés in Rotterdam, and also a few selling points, like Urban Bakery and Westerkaatje. The Bake’s Cafés are located at the Nieuwe Binnenweg and at the Meent. We visited the last one and were spoiled with a delicious high tea. But, more about the food later, because we are curious about the story behind this bakery with Flemisch roots.
Owner Dimitri Roels came in contact with the bakers craft when he was only twelve years old. He was sold immidiately. He was facinated by the fact that you can make something so good with only water, flour and salt. A few years later he followed a bakers training and started helping out in a bakery during the weekends, where he scooped a lot of buns in the oven. The foundation for a succesful future in the bakery was founded.
After the bakers training Dimitri went to the hotel school and started working in the kitchen of star restaurants in The Netherlands, Brussels and Paris. It was in France where he rediscovered his love for bread, when he ate the most delicious bread he had ever tasted. The dream to open his own bakery arised. Dimitri was introduced to sour dough bread and he found a French miller that could provide him with the ingredients he needed for his bread: flour from Camprèmy.
Once back in the Netherlands Dimitri experimented with water, flour and salt for nine months long, searching for the perfect ratio for his own recipe. In 1996 the time was finally here: the Vlaamsch Broodhuys opened its doors. The named referred to Dimitri’s roots, who was the son of a Belgian father and a Dutch mother.
Although it all started with those delicious and heavy sour dough breads, you can find a lot more at the Vlaamsch Broodhuys nowadays. Pies, cakes, desserts and cookies, you name it. Just like other small breads like coffee- chocolate buns and carré confiture. Dimitri also added some other products to his favorites, like jam, hazelnut and chocolate spread, muesli, olive oil and mustard, sold under the fitting name ‘Dimitri’s Favorites’. You also get these spreads served on your bread when you order a sandwich at one of the Baker’s Cafés.
At the Baker’s Cafés you can have breakfast, lunch and high tea. We were there for a high tea and got a tea pot and a platter with various teas from the French brand Betjeman & Barton and a combination of sweet and savoury food. We started with two homemade seasonal soups and got a platter with an extensive selection of savoury bread toppings, like cheese with mustard and pickles, tomato with buffalo mozzarella, avocado with lime, peper and feta crumble, goat cheese with honey and pine nuts and a salad with kefir dressing.
After finishing all of this we thought the high tea came to an end, but that wasn’t the case, because a plate with all sorts of sweets was brought to our table. We got a little bite of nut pie, lime créme, red fruit and chocolate pie. Are you a real sweet thooth and prefer all sweets for your high tea? Then book the Afternoon High Tea and get this and more sweets (like muffins and brownies) to share with your company.
At the Baker’s Café at the Meent you immidiately see the take away corder when you enter the shop. Behind that, hidden behind the rack with bread toppings and other products you’ll find the seating area. There’s one long table where you can sit and enjoy a fresh breakfast with a cup of coffee and a news paper or to work for a while. There are also a lot of smaller tables, but it is – especially during lunchtime and in the weekends – very busy at the Vlaamsch Broodhuys, so be sure to come a little early to grab a spot. Luckily, there is also a terrace, where you can have your breakfast in the morning sun.
Whether you want fresh bread for a nice breakfast in bed at home or you want to go outside and enjoy a lovely lunch in town, the Vlaamsch Broodhuys sure knows how to make some bread. We can really recommend the high tea and would also like to try all of their different bread spreads, so we sure will be back!
Address: Meent 8a
Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 08.30 am – 06.00 pm | Saturday: 08.00 am – 06.00 pm | Sunday: 09.30 am – 06.00 pm