We try hard to run our restaurant with a focus on sustainability. The products we work with, are therefore as local and sustainable as possible. This way we work with a minimal footprint despite our volume. Our menu is 75% vegetarian of which 25% is vegan. Since January 2018 we don’t serve dishes with beef or other breeding meat anymore, but only wild meat and certified fish (through the North Sea foundation). Read more about our products below! Already curious about the menu’s? Check it here.
FALCO ELEONORAE AWARDS 2018
In February 2019 we received the Falco Eleonora Award 2018. This award is presented annually to a hospitality location in the Netherlands and Belgium that excels in the field of sustainable Food & Beverage. Jury chairman Gregor Christiaans of the Falco Eleonora Awards says:
“Restaurant Pllek in Amsterdam is the example of how sustainability should look in the year 2018. Hip and contemporary and without concessions choosing a menu with only sustainable Food & Beverage”
TENS OF THOUSANDS LESS MEAT DISHES
Lots of people come to visit us every year. This gives us a social responsibility, the impact is great after all. Ever since the beginning of Pllek, we’ve been doing it as organically and sustainably as possible, but in 2018 we took the next step. For example, we no longer serve dishes with beef or other breeding meat, but only wild and certified fish (via the North Sea Foundation) and our menu is 75% vegetarian of which 25% vegan. Compared to 2016 we now serve 50% less meat dishes, that’s tens of thousands on an annual basis. That saves a lot of lovely animals and a footprint.
The headstrong and officially retired farmer Wim Bijma has grown organic vegetables for many years out of love for his profession. A love and passion he shares with our chef Dimitry Mulder. There are only a limited number of restaurants that are permitted to buy their veggies at Wim and therefore we are sincerely proud that we are one of these restaurants. The land of Wim Bijma is a vegetable walhalla for Dimitry. Every week he is working on the land himself, helping with planting and harvesting. Ever since 2015 we have our own piece of land where throughout the year our seasonal vegetables and various herbs are growing.
FAIRTRADE 2.0 COFFEE
At Pllek you drink Moyee Coffee, worlds first FairChain coffee. The farmers not only get a better price for their beans, Moyee Coffee also roasts the beans in the country of origin. This leaves 50% value behind, instead of the current 15% (of which only 2% is profit). Both roasting and packaging takes place in Ethiopia. Moyee Coffee then sells the coffee and the value will be shared, a fair relationship between producers and consumers. This simple shift in the coffee chain improves the lives of millions of people in a radical and positive way. With FairChain they try to restore the coffee chain. The goal is to create a 50/50 balance between coffee producers and coffee drinkers.
BEER WITH A SOCIAL MISSION
We work with two special brewers from Amsterdam for our special beers. Both Brewery De 7 Deugden and Brewery De Prael are social workplaces for people with a long distance from the labor market. The breweries offer these people an opportunity to develop themselves, both on the work floor and through education. Besides the fact that they make delicious beers, this social initiative is the main reason for us to choose these breweries.
BREAD WITHOUT ADDITIONS
In cooperation with Bakkerij Kaandorp we developed an airy sourdough bread without any additions, especially for Pllek. For example, the bread on our breakfast menu. The traditional family-owned Bakkerij Kaandorp has been around for over 75 years, originally from Edam.
EUROPEAN WINES FROM AMSTERDAM NORTH
Together with our neighbors Karakter Wijnimport from Amsterdam Noord, we carefully select wines based on our seasonal menu. The majority of our wines are made organically. Yet they do not all carry the organic skal certification. This can be a choice of the winegrower or because the winery is in conversion. If a winegrower has applied for the quality mark, it will be issued after three years of inspection. After all, you cannot simply wear the organic quality mark.
Our straws are made of paper and produced by Sier Disposables, a company that contributes to a better environment by running their business as sustainable as possible. For example, the majority of their product range is biodegradable. The products are made from sugar cane pulp, palm, coconut and FSC wood, among other things.