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Loaded: New Hotspot on the Amsterdamsestraatweg

A menu Loaded with flavour

The Amsterdamsestraatweg is getting to be a hub for new hotspots. Loaded recently opened its doors on the busy street and is a welcome edition to the exciting food landscape. After checking out the menu on their Facebook page, Daina and I couldn’t wait any longer – we jumped on our bikes to visit Loaded over the weekend. Read on for our review! But be warned: you just might start drooling as you read.

First impressions

The space is bright and airy, and the service friendly and inviting. The menu boasts tons of enticing breakfast/brunch and streetfood-inspired dishes, pulling inspiration from all around the globe. This may cause a bit of decision anxiety, but push through it! You can always order more or come back another day (trust me, you’ll want to anyway).

Breakfast & brunch

For brunch, you’ve got your classic options: savory, sweet, a mix of both … something for everyone. Like your classic avo toast, but loaded with extra goodies (see what I did there?). Smoothing bowls & porridge. Shakshuka. Or your American classic: chicken & waffles. We poured over the choices for a bit, and ultimately chose the buttermilk pancakes and the salmon & eggs. The pancakes were light, fluffy, and delicious, but for me the stand-out was definitely the salmon & eggs: two hunks of sourdough bread, softly scrambled eggs, zesty spinach, and a generous serving of beetroot-cured salmon. The perfect balance of healthy and indulgent.

Lunch

Naturally, we got lunch too. I longingly eyeballed the shrimp po’boy, the kimchi blue cheese toastie, the vo-pho (Asian-style tofu in broth)… But we had to be reasonable, this being meal 2 in one sitting. So we limited it to two dishes: the vad-pav and the kimchi fries. The vad-pav is an Indian flavored dumpling with fermented tomato and green chutney, sandwiched in a pillowy white bun. I’ve never had anything like it before and quite enjoyed it! But one note: if you’re not big on sweet savory food, this isn’t the one for you.

Finally, the pièce de résistance: the kimchi fries. Guys. These are insanely good – and addictive. Twice-fried fries topped with cheese sauce and a generous serving of kimchi. It’s everything I never knew I always wanted. Based on these loaded fries, I can’t wait to try out the other varieties on the menu – if they’re even half as good as these, then they’re sure to be a winner!

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Hours of operation:
Monday & Tuesday closed
The rest of the week: 08:30-22:00

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About Sophie Boisvert-Hearn

Sophie is een freelance redacteur met een master in Media Studies. Ze komt oorspronkelijk uit Toronto maar heeft inmiddels in Groningen, Leiden en Den Haag gewoond. Nu noemt ze met trots Utrecht haar thuis. Behalve eten, denken aan eten en het kopen en bereiden van eten, zijn haar hobbies o.a. reizen en schrijven. Een perfecte dag in Utrecht is voor haar heel veel kofie, een vriend(in) of vier, grote hoeveelheden gebakjes en een wandeling langs Utrecht haar prachtige straten en grachten – met als kers op de taart natuurlijk drankjes op het terras. Weet verrassend veel over kaasstengels.

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