Just before Christmas, my colleague Andrew stuck his head in my cubicle and announced “Yolks!” What? “Yolks!” for your next review! Yes! But of course! Yolks, as Vancouver foodies know, is a breakfast-themed food truck parked in Gastown. They’ve recently hatched a bricks and mortar eating spot (all breakfast! all the time! can I get a Woot Woot?) out in East Hastings. We arrived at 9:30 and sure enough the joint was soon a hoppin’.
A recent upstart was the scene of our first 2014 foray: Yolks Restaurant. Located in a former steakhouse at Clark Dr. and Hastings St. news about this breakfast eatery is spreading faster than butter on a steaming pancake. Pancakes are on the menu, but I decided to go with the Eggs Benedict. The flowchart-like menu addled my pre-breakfast brain, but our helpful waitress assisted, and the dish that arrived was familiar and flavourful: toasted English muffin, two poached eggs, sliced ham, fresh spinach, Dijon mustard and hollandaise sauce. I also opted for a side of truffle lemon hash browns. These perfectly cooked baby potatoes are a notch above your average B-fast ‘taters, and the order is big enough for two. The price for breakfast: $14.25 (including the side order) + $4 for a small glass of fresh orange juice. Yolk isn’t the cheapest diner in town, eggs only come one way – poached – and if you want toast an English muffin will have to do. Regardless, Yolk is a worthwhile addition to Vancouver’s breakfast offerings.
I can’t tell you how much I was looking forward to going to Yolks since my conversation with my colleague. I’d never visited the food truck, but I’d heard amazing things about it so my expectations were high, and no, Yolks did not disappoint. The maze like menu was a little to complicated that early in the morning, and I needed the waitress to help me through it. What I landed with was a bed of spinach, atop which was truffle-oiled potatoes (heavenly), atop which was slices of ham, atop which was two poached eggs (the only way they serve them), dots of goat cheese (couldn’t resist) atop which was a drizzle of a dijon based sauce. I also ordered an English muffin. This was an awesome breakfast, they learned their food cart lessons well. What didn’t translate so well was the complicated menu (my breakfast was over $20 with tip. Ouch!) and the diner still feels a 70s steakhouse. Minor stuff. Yolks definitely has something to crow about.
James’ Rating: 3.5 eggs out of 5
Theresa’s Rating: 4 eggs out of 5
Kessel & March is situated in a funny location at the end of Commercial Drive at Powell Street. It’s on the main floor of the ARC building. When we walked in, I had a funny feeling I’d been there before, and indeed, I had many years ago in a different incarnation. The space is oddly shaped, making it a challenge to make the space inviting and useable. Well, the husband and wife team did a really good job at making the space work. Their secret? The wife part of the team is trained interior designer and they’ve created a two level space that is surprisingly open and inviting. And the husband half of the team handles the food. So far, a match made in heaven…
Be the first to tell your friends about this new gem in Vancouver. I have been visiting Kessel and March and sampling many of their wonderful baked goods such as lemon semolina cake , mini quiche and one of the best coconut macaroons ever to cross my lips. Very nice.
This time I visited for brunch and I was very impressed . A very enjoyable meal with impeccable service and quality. This husband and wife team are very passionate about what they are doing and I could feel it. I had the Pork Belly and beans with poached eggs and whole wheat toast. The pork belly and beans came in a heavy bowl. I love a good hot bowl of food, I find it very grounding. An abundance of succulent pork belly was evenly distributed throughout. The eggs were nicely medium poached and the bread is baked daily in house. It is worth the trip just to experience the fresh baked bread, wonderful. I am excited to visit and experience this new spot as they grow and affirm themselves as one of Vancouver must visit restaurants. Nice job guys. Now to head there for dinner. I believe I saw a few terrines that sounded amazing.
I can’t remember the exact name of my breakfast but basically it was a cast-iron skillet filled with ham, potatoes, beans, tomatoes and two basted eggs. Everything was wonderfully prepared and very tasty. I have to say though the stars of this show were the bread and the tea. The bread was a wonderful home made whole wheat – dense, rich, flavourful. I have fallen in love. The tea was an okay Mighty Leaf, but the tea service was exceptional. The tea pot, creamer and sugar bowl were hand made. Having had way too many cups of tea served in those wretched leaky metal pots that dribble and inevitably burn my fingers, I can’t tell you how lovely it was to have my tea served in a champion pourer. Thank you. We also ordered dessert. Of course we did. You can’t have breakfast without dessert! We ordered the carrot cake. It was cold from the fridge but jam packed full of walnuts and a nice thick shmear of cream cheese icing. Yum and double yum.
Kris’s rating: 5 eggs out of 5
Theresa’s rating: 4 eggs out of 5