Last week Trev sent me a link to a website called: Spotted by Locals. It's separated by cities and has reviews of things to see, do and eat (reported by locals) so I browsed the Amsterdam section and looked for things I might be interested in. There were lots of places that sounded good but a post about Broodje Bert caught my attention because I knew I had seen it earlier in the week when I was wandering around the Jordaan neighbourhood.
On Thursday I went to the Amsterdam Historical Museum, then went off in search of Broodje Bert. I surprised myself by finding it relatively easily (I'm still working on developing a 'mental map' of the center of Amsterdam). It's on a busy little corner overlooking the Singel canal and from the small cozy shop you can watch the parade of bikes speeding by and tourists wandering with guide-books in hand.
The shop is really small, It probably seats about 12 people inside, with additional tables outside (which would be fantastic when it's warm & sunny). There's a comfortable hustle and bustle of activity inside and everything that comes out from behind the little sandwich bar looks so good. I decided to have the warm tomato, mozzarella & pesto sandwich. The sandwich was huge! It was on a crusty and delicious baguette and the thick slices of fresh mozzarella were slightly melted and went so well with the fresh tomato and basil pesto. It was definitely a 'knife & fork' type of sandwich! It was served with a mixed vegetable salad that had a variety of greens, slices of cucumber, pepper and corn with a vinaigrette dressing. My enormous sandwich and coffee were only 7 euro - an excellent price for the quality and amount of food.
I told Trevor all about it when I got home that day - you know that little feeling of victory you get when you've discovered a great little place that isn't overrun with the tourist scene? So on Sunday afternoon when we were wandering around looking for a place to eat, we were pleasantly surprised to see that Broodje Bert was open (a lot of places are closed here on Sunday). This time I ordered the 'Broodje Bert' a sandwich topped with grilled lamb meatballs and a garlic sauce. It was soooo good. The lamb meatballs were tasty and so filling and went so well with the baguette and all the greens. I shared my sandwich with Trev, and I still, just barely, could finish it. I'm already looking forward to my next visit to Broodje Bert.