Saturday, March 29, 2014

Yolk’s Restaurant

Yolk’s Restaurant is deservedly popular. What originated as a food truck (see Breakfast Adventure No. 200) has recently evolved into a full-on, eat-in restaurant. Previously used solely as their commissary, the owner of Yolk’s secured a temporary lease on this location until its pending demolition. A dab of paint, some local art on the walls, a few tables and chairs, open the doors, and let the line-ups begin. Apparently it is permanently busy, but don’t let that stop you, we sat down after only a short wait.

What people are lining up for is the food. A succinct selection of food items – no filler, all flavour. The two popular choices are their bennys or their chicken and waffles. My friend and I both went for the benny options: her, the Portobello Mushroom Benny and me, the Bacon Benny. Because of my breakfast blog adventures, I am frequently asked where are the best [fill in the blank]. In the case of where are the best eggs benedicts, folks, this is it! And Yolk’s might also squeeze into the winner of the category for best breakfast potatoes. The truffle-lemon hashbrowns were even better than I remember from my food truck visit. The kicker was the house-made spicy ketchup.

To finish off an already yummy breakfast, I introduced my visiting-from-out-of-town friend to two things she had never heard of before: breakfast dessert and beignets. She was grateful. The beignets were fluffy, sugary pillows of deep-fried dough, but what took it way over the top was the buttery, salty caramel that came with. A strong punctuation point on an already full experience.

The walls will be coming down here soon, best to get in line while you still can.

1298 East Hastings Street
Breakfast hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
yolks.ca/restaurant
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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Ask for Luigi

When planning my brunch experiences, part of the fun for me is to choose a destination that matches my friends. So when I made plans to meet my stylish-designer, crazy-foodie friend, I had high hopes for Ask for Luigi in terms of offering charming decor and quality of food. It was a good choice.

We went all out. I think it was the highest bill I’ve ever incurred for breakfast, and not at all because of the prices, but because we approached brunch like a full-on, three-course Italian meal.

For starters, we ordered two appetizers: the Bocconcini Fritti and Luigi’s Meatballs. Two sets of ball love. The first dish was bite-sized globes of deep-fried, breaded mozzarella served with basil pesto, and the second, luscious meatballs studded with raisins and pine nuts bathed in a tomato sauce. Both dishes worth the trip alone. For our mains, mia amica chose the Pork Belly with Green Salsa, Fried Egg, and Creamy Polenta, and I had the Ricotta Stuffed Eggplant with Poached Eggs and Tomato Sauce. My only regret was that my dish, while absolutely delicious, was the same flavour profile as the meatballs. I felt as though I missed an opportunity to taste something different. The solution was obvious, we had to order dessert. The moist, dense Olive Oil Cake flavoured with sweet orange completely appeased my palate.

From start to finish, it was a truly enjoyable experience and we left high on an espresso buzz.

305 Alexander Street
Brunch hours: Saturday/Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
www.askforluigi.com
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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Tuc Craft Kitchen

“Holy s**t this is good!” This expletive involuntarily leaped into my thoughts multiple times while making my way through my mountain range of Crispy Chicken & Waffles. Tuc has taken a breakfast classic and elevated it to a peak level. Two savory crisp waffles are topped with a jumbo stack of heavily-seasoned fried chicken. When I cook at home I like to claim, “The secret’s in the sauce.” In this dish, the secret is in the three sauces. When placed in front of me, I was politely instructed that the intention is to liberally pour the Dijon Mournaise, Spicy Tomato Vinaigrette, and the Maple Syrup over top the range of chicken and enjoy the collective flavours in each bite. I complied. “Holy s**t.”

My friend also loved her Hanger Steak Skillet with Poached Eggs, but I could barely hear her kudos through the murmurings of my own mind. I was still eating my fried chicken. “Holy s**t.”

Because I seek out new breakfast spots each time I venture out, I almost never return to where I’ve been before (I’ve only revisited the same restaurant two times in the these last 7 years I’ve been breakfasting). What this means is whenever there is something on the menu I am keen to try, I want to order it then and there. I did attempt to also request the Bacon-wrapped Egg Tempura, but our server balked. “Mm, that’s a lot of food,” she advised. I begrudgingly bowed to her wisdom, and she was right, of course. But this has given me the perfect reason to return... and soon.

60 West Cordova Street
Brunch hours: Saturday, 10:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.

tucrestaurant.com
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