Over the years, the younger generation of business owners have flocked to Vancouver’s Chinatown creating a new social scene. It’s exciting to see the new changes happening in the area, but at the same time I’m kind of saddened with the gentrification sweeping up Chinatown’s roots and humble beginnings. Anyway, going off on a tangent here..
Mamie Taylor’s is a relatively new modern American restaurant nestled in the heart of Chinatown. Oh, and yes they do have taxidermy. I’m not sure if that’s something worth boasting about on their website, but incorporating mounted dead animals around the space just isn’t tasteful décor to me.
Bob knows how much I loved fried chicken and waffles so she organized a birthday brunch for me here with some friends. I honestly thought we were going to be having lunch at Phnom Penh across the street! And of course, I went with the chicken and waffles for brunch.
We were greeted by our hostess in a friendly manner but everything from the food and service went downhill from there.
Croque Madame ($13) Beef short rib, fried egg, sourdough, emanthal, jalapeño jam, home fries or salad. Bob wasn’t too impressed with their Croque Madame. The taste of the beef short rib was kind of off putting for her. I don’t think she managed to finish her dish except the salad.
Andouille Sausage Benny ($13) Caramalized onions, buttermilk biscuit, hollandaise, home fries or salad. I had a bit of Bo’s bennys and thought they were just okay. The potatoes were nicely fried though.
Pork Schnitzel Sandwich ($14)Buttermilk fried, jimaca coleslaw, herd aioli, home fries or salad. It was a good thing that CC ended up with the sandwich as he has a huge appetite. He didn’t really have much to say about his sandwich and ate quietly.
Fried Chicken and Waffles ($16) Honey bourbon, apple and kale slaw, pickled jalepenos. Saddest looking chicken and waffles I’ve ever had in my life so far. You know I’m serious about my chicken and waffles if I’m willing to trek all the way to Harlem in the snow for Amy Ruth’s famous chicken and waffles back in 2012. For $16, this was a total rip off. Half of a measly overcooked waffle with the stingiest portion of bite sized fried chicken pieces. The honey bourbon drizzle was way tooo sweet.The apple and kale slaw was bland and tasteless. And it doesn’t help with the fact that the lady from the other table received almost triple the amount of fried chicken on her plate compared to mine!
Service-wise, I personally felt we were judged for not ordering their overpriced $10+ cocktails with our food. Every patron should feel welcomed at any restaurant regardless of whether drinks get ordered, but it totally reflected on the service we received that day. It took our waitress forever to attend to our table, food took forever to pump out, and we had to repeatedly ask to get our water refilled. Paying for the bill was also a disaster.
Sorry, everything about this place just didn’t cut it for me.
Spoken like a true Canadian…
251 E Georgia St