Plant based fast food
Most vegans have the urge to eat some junk food every now and then, just like normal people 😀 Luckily we have two, almost three, Vegan Junkfood Bars in Amsterdam serving a 100% plant based snack menu.
A few weeks ago there was an item about veganism on a Dutch news show. A critical dietician was ventilating her worries about vegans missing out on so many nutrients. The whole item was based on quite an outdated food philosophy (in my opinion). The Vegan Junkfood Bar was discussed as well and the critical dietician was skeptically sniggering about the concept because “this really wasn’t a place to get healthy food”.
We know it’s not automatically healthy when it’s vegan… right? Of course this isn’t the place to get all your vitamins, but who cares? It’s perfectly ok to indulge every once in a while and it’s a relief you can do this in a way without supporting the bio industry. And just don’t diss the Vegan Junkfood Bar on national television, please.
Vegan Junkfood Bar’s Menu
Because VJFB is a godsend for most vegans and people who want to eat more plant based food. Here you can order the usual fastfood repertoire like burgers, fries, shawarma, bitterballen, nuggets and onion rings. Though the thing about VJFB is, it’s not just a snackbar turned vegan but more like a snackbar deluxe; serving snacks like ‘Truffle Fries’, ‘Sweet Potato Fries’, luxurious burgers with jalapeños or fresh herbes and ‘Wish and Chips’ made of golden crunchy dutch weed bites. Other options on the menu are ‘Chik’n Ceasar salad’, ‘Blue corn Chik’n tortilla’, ‘Mediterrarean Springrolls’ as mains,’Tortilla Chips with Guacamole’ for starters and ‘Pink Oreo cupcake’ for dessert.
So what about the taste? Recently I visited VJFB restaurant with two dedicated meat eaters and just like me, they were surprised by the burger, tasting like a real and fresh tasty burger. Usually I’m not a big fan of imitated plant based meats, but nothing beats the VJFB burgers. Same goes for the ‘Bitterballen’ (a Dutch snack), which I honestly can’t distinguish from the real ones. Also the fries are better than your usual snackbar fries, super crunchy and in our case served with the best vegan truffle mayonaise yet. The sauces are all very appetizing by the way, like the garlic and the spicy VJFB sauce served with the ‘Shawarma’ (and all can be ordered separately).
Burger Bar and Restaurant
VJFB has three locations: ‘VJFB Burger bar’ in Amsterdam West and East, and ‘VJFB Restaurant’ in Amsterdam South, offering a more extensive menu. The interiors of both VJFBs are inspired by regular snackbars, hence the tiled walls, although the restaurant at Marie Heinekenplein is a bit more fancy. It has an urban vibe thanks to the pink and turquoise graffiti decorations, but there are also comfy pink chairs and some bar seats. The cool thing about the restaurant is they’re open until 00:00 and serve speciality beers, cocktails and gin tonics. And it always seems to be packed!
When you’re in the mood for a plant based fastfood snack, VJFB is for sure the best place to go in Amsterdam. Maybe even Europe. The only thing we can now hope for is their quality will remain and there will be more VJFBs opening soon! The next one will be opening shortly in the East of Amsterdam. And to make it even better, Ben & Jerry is launching their brand new vegan ice cream this Saturday 27th of January at VJFB Marie Heinekenplein!
Check out more vegan spots in Amsterdam? Read about Meatless District, a 100% plant based hotspot in Amsterdam West. And stay tuned, ’cause there’ll be more articles coming soon!
Restaurant (South): Marie Heinekenplein 9
Burger bar (West): Staringplein 22
Burger Bar (East): Eerste Van Swindenstraat 389
*NEW* (Downtown): Reguliersdwarsstraat 57