Snert, otherwise known erwtensoep, is a thick split-pea soup that is commonly eaten in the Netherlands during autumn and winter. This chunky green stew is exceptionally filling and is usually topped with slices of smoked sausages or Dutch bacon. In Amsterdam, traditional Dutch restaurants tend to make snert their soup of the day for long periods during the colder seasons, while others keep it as a permanent part of their menus. Here’s the best places to chow down on snert in the Dutch capital.
To honour their mothers’ hard work and culinary talents, the owners of Moeders (Mothers) have completely covered the walls of their dining room with kitschy, framed pictures of hundreds of moms. The restaurant’s menu is inspired by Dutch home cooking and features several warming winter specialties such as stamppot, spare-ribs and snert.
This artisanal butchers is a household name around Amsterdam, and has been chopping, curing and selling meat for over 50 years. Prime cuts are hung over its counter, allowing the meat to soften and mature naturally. Slagerij de Leeuw also prepares fully cooked meals and has a fantastic selection of seasonal soups which pair beautifully with the butcher’s smoked sausages and meats.
Voldaan makes simple and healthy afternoon meals which can be eaten inside the restaurant’s cosy dining area or taken away. Its menu revolves around typical lunchtime food and features recipes drawn from international cuisines. Although snert isn’t a permanent fixture, the soup regularly appears on Voldaan’s menu, topped with vegetarian or regular meatballs.
Stach is a stylish delicatessen that has several locations around Amsterdam and the Netherlands. The store is filled with tasty Dutch and international treats that are freshly prepared every day. Apart from sandwiches, quiches, cakes and take-out meals, Stach also stocks a variety of colorful soups which can be purchased alongside a loaf of delicious, artisanal bread. During the festive season Stach keeps rows of traditional Dutch Christmas cookies stacked on its counter and is among the best places in Amsterdam to pick up speculaas – a mouthwatering, spiced almond biscuit.
This traditional Dutch eatery has been cooking up filling, tasty meals for over 30 years and is well-loved by locals. Snert at de Blauwe Hollander is served with a thick slab of bacon and dense, Frisian-style rye bread – a combination that is guaranteed to rekindle dampened spirits. Several varieties of stamppot are also on offer at de Blauwe Hollander, all of which are plated up with seasonal meats and generous lashings of gravy.
Soup en Zo’s menu changes according to the season and always offers at least eight hearty soups. Although the store has three locations throughout Amsterdam, its largest establishment is situated near Museumplein on Nieuwe Spiegelstraat, making it a perfect spot for warming up before heading off to the Rijksmuseum or Stedelijk. During the colder months this cosy soup kitchen usually stocks snert, as well as other spicier, legume based stews.