The Vegan Junk Food Bar is a small chain of vegan restaurants in The Netherlands. They currently have four locations in Amsterdam and one in Rotterdam. I had the pleasure of visiting their newest location, VJFB Downtown. The Vegan Junk Food Bar is just a minute’s walk from Bloemenmarkt, and its location is perfect for anyone wanting to sit down and grab a bite to eat while exploring central Amsterdam.
The VJFB has an extensive menu of burgers, fries, salads and zeafood as well as desserts and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. When I visited I decided to try The Notorious Sumo 3.0 (€14.95), Waffle Fries (€4.95) and a Tipsy Unicorn cocktail (€10.00).
The Notorious Sumo 3.0 consists of “Juicy double plant-based beef 3.0 + crunchy Mc Chickie on a black bun, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, red, spring & fried onion mix, pickles, jalapeños + Original VJFB™ sauce®” I also requested that vegan bacon was added to it and the staff were more than happy to accommodate. The burger itself is h u g e, like really really huge, I couldn’t even get my hands around it and I don’t think my hands are particularly small or anything. So, due to the sheer size of this burger I had to embarrass myself by eating it with a knife and fork. However I did notice other people in the restaurant doing the same so it wasn’t too embarrassing. As someone who hasn’t eaten meat since they were about six years old, I can’t really comment on the realistic-ness of the burger compared to its non-vegan counterparts, however my boyfriend does eat meat and rated it 9/10 compared to real meat.
The waffle fries at the VJFB have to be some of the best fries I have ever had in my entire life. They are a perfect combination of crispy and fluffy, and seasoned to perfection. I could eat these waffle fries every single day of my life and not get sick of them.
To drink I decided to treat myself to a Tipsy Unicorn, a cocktail made up of Marula gin, lychee juice, blueberry syrup and fresh lime juice. This cocktail is one of those alcoholic drinks that tricks you into thinking it isn’t very strong because it tastes like fruit juice. I’m not certain of the percentage of alcohol in the Tipsy Unicorn but one drink was enough to get me quite tipsy.
In conclusion, I do recommend going to the Vegan Junk Food Bar if you’re ever in Amsterdam whether you’re vegan or not. The food is fairly good value for money and the portion sizes are more than enough. The only downside is that it can get quite busy at peak times which can lead to queues outside and a noisy atmosphere on the inside.
- Value for money: ★★★★☆
- Location: ★★★★★
- Menu: ★★★★☆
- Portion sizes: ★★★★★
- Atmosphere: ★★★☆☆