Vegan food is something I’ve always been interested in. I never realized how many dishes actually contain animal products. When I cut out meat, I thought it was a good start. That’s when I started getting more and more into vegan dishes. I always thought it was so hard to cook and bake vegan but it really isn’t. In February Isabella and I were going to the Jonas Brothers concert, so we had to decide on a place to eat beforehand. I always have a list of hotspots I want to visit or eat at, Vegan Junk Food Bar was on that list. So, Isabella and I went for dinner at their location, which is located in the city centre of Amsterdam. Here’s what we thought of the food at Vegan Junk Food Bar in Amsterdam as non-vegans (right now)!
VEGAN JUNK FOOD BAR | REGULIERSDWARSSTRAAT 57, AMSTERDAM
While walking up to Vegan Junk Food Bar, Isabella and I saw a line of people waiting to go in. I was shocked. This was something you don’t see often. That’s a thing for when you’re on holiday and planning on eating out. In Paris we had to wait all the time to be seated for dinner. Since we did want to try the vegan food, we stood in line for a little under 10 minutes before we got seated.
Since we had to wait, I did some research about Vegan Junk Food Bar and their concept. Vegan Junk Food Bar (or VJFB) has one mission: ‘We love the planet and we have a strong believe that a plant-based lifestyle is the only right ethical option’. Plant-based options have proven to be better for everybody’s health and also for our planet. And vegan food doesn’t have to be boring. That’s what Vegan Junk Food Bar is showing. They are serving vegan junk food for vegans and non-vegans to enjoy. The location we went to is not the only one in Amsterdam. In total there are four locations in Amsterdam and now they also have one in Rotterdam. On the door it said soon they will be opening other locations abroad. So Vegan Junk Food Bar is taking over!
Let’s just say, the menu is insane. Just like the interior with bright colors and funny vegan quotes everywhere, it continues on their menu. At first this makes it hard to decide what to get. But it’s fun figure out and fun to order as well. In the end Isabella and I decided on:
↬ Drinks: Non-alcoholic pink cocktail and water.
↬ Unicorn bread: Blue bread with pink aioli.
↬ VJFB platter: ‘Bitterballen’, coconut curry ‘bitterballen’, onion rings, falafel balls and vegan shrimps with different sauces.
↬ Iconic rainbow fries: Fries, vegan bacon, vegan chicken, spring onion and pink sauce.
First of all, look at the food. It looks spectacular, right? The Unicorn bread was the first thing we tried. It’s so weird to eat blue bread. It takes just like normal bread but it’s blue. So, it wasn’t a very special dish but still tasty. Then we tried some of items of the platter. Our favorite were definitely the coconut curry ‘bitterballen’! These were soooo good, especially with chili sauce of course. The one I didn’t like at all were the vegan shrimps. The texture is so weird… I’ve always wanted to try loaded fries and this one was insane. The vegan bacon and chicken were weird at first but I did like it. I do have to say, loaded fries are hard to eat with sauce everywhere.
The final verdict? I would definitely recommend trying vegan junk food! It’s a fun way to get to know plant-based options for other junk food. Since it’s Amsterdam, expect it do be busy. When it comes to the food, don’t go too crazy. If you don’t know what to get, definitely go for the VJFB platter. This gives you different options and I am sure you will love the coconut curry ‘bitterballen’. The Unicorn bread is very Instagrammable but not very special, so if you are planning on taking a cute photo, get that. Otherwise, I wouldn’t really recommend it. Would I visit Vegan Junk Food Bar again? Yes. Next time I would go to a different location to see what the interior is like and try some new vegan dishes. Maybe one of the burgers? If you want to visit Vegan Junk Food Bar as well, you can find them at Reguliersdwarsstraat 57 in Amsterdam. Have you ever tried vegan junk food? What vegan dish would you order?