When I meet up with old friends, one of the first questions they always ask is what I’m up to these days. I used to have a lot to say during my undergrad because I never really saw my friends often so catching up was always a pleasure. Fast track to today, I stick with just three things: relationship, work, and eating out. I guess my new found hobby is eating out and perfecting food pictures with my DSLR when there’s good lighting 🙂 Blogging also keeps me busy and distracted while I try to figure adult things out in general!
Last weekend, I decided I wanted to actually make plans with the boyfriend, so I made reservations for brunch at Tuc Craft Kitchen, a Western/Canadian establishment in the heart of Gastown through Opentable.My boyfriend and I usually like to just lounge around during the weekend since it’s pretty much the only time that we get to peacefully relax and spend quality time together. Going out for brunch on the weekend also means making the trip to Vancouver which can get quite stressful. Despite the stressful drive, we made it in time for our 10:30AM brunch.
When you book through Opentable, the site will let you submit any personal requests as an option and the restaurant will try their best to accommodate. I had requested to be seated by the red cushions away from the entrance, but they totally disregarded this request and sat us by the entrance! I was expecting the hostess to address the issue or apologize that they weren’t able to fulfill my request, but nothing was initiated when we checked in 😦 . It was quite a nuisance having patrons walk in and out throughout our meal.
Iced London Fog ($4) The earl grey could have been steeped a little longer for a stronger taste. Overall, my drink was too milky.
Americano ($3.50) Americano was nice and strong. Good ratio between espresso and water.
Crispy Bacon & Egg ($4) This item is a must try! It’s essentially a soft boiled egg wrapped with bacon in tempura batter, garnished with some micro greens. It was delicious!
Chicken and Waffles ($17) Free run chicken breast, savory waffles.
Chicken and Waffles is and always will be my favourite go-to dish at any brunch establishment (if available). This came with three generous pieces of fried chicken, two waffles, and sauce pairings (tomato chili reduction, dijon mayonnaise, and maple syrup).Our server recommended drizzling all three sauces with our entree. The chicken breasts were well seasoned and tender, while the waffles were fluffy and light on the inside and crispy on the inside! With the addition of the sauces, this was a winning combination for the both of us! Sometimes the best flavour combinations come from unlikely pairings 🙂 .
Elevated Diner ($12) Two free run eggs (any style), pork belly crackling, sourdough toast, BC potatoes
Since it was my boyfriend’s first time coming here, I wanted him to try their signature pork crackling. We figured it would be a better deal to order the Elevated Diner rather than the Pork Crackling ($6) appetizer. The pork crackling wasn’t as good as my first visit here, but they were still pretty well executed. My boyfriend thought the taste was similar to char siu, but I thought otherwise. You can definitely taste the subtle Asian influence the way it’s prepared. This came with star anise red wine reduction and kosher salt as a pairing. The scrambled eggs were nicely done- very silky and smooth. The BC potatoes were actually my favourite part of this dish! They were the perfect, ultra-crispy roasted potatoes. My boyfriend loved the sourdough toast- we were discussing back and forth whether they were multigrain or sourdough toast because we totally skipped the description of the dish.
Service was also very friendly- we were always checked up on.
With so many brunch options in the city, I wouldn’t mind revisiting this place again given that they accept reservations. Because that’s always a plus on my side 😉
60 W Cordova St
Contact: (604) 559-8999