Yes, that’s snow. And yes, my visit to The Ellis in Kitsilano was a few months ago. My birthday month to be exact! I was always intrigued by their name so I did some digging and found the inspiration behind the restaurant name on their website:
“For six decades, Ellis Island, in the harbour of New York City, was a pivotal point of entry for millions of immigrants embarking on a journey of freedom and discovery. Like New York, Vancouver has welcomed people from distant shores, people eager to create something new, something exciting. The Ellis, in the heart of Kitsilano, represents this sense of adventure and community, bringing neighbours and friends together in a warm, gastropub setting.”
For the past few years, it’s been a tradition for Bob to take me some place new for my birthday – specifically brunch places that offer chicken and waffles. Given the fact that this place is located in the heart of Kitsilano, it made the trek to the west side much more bearable knowing I’d be having my chicken and waffles that day. Surprisingly, I still have Chewies, The Sweetery, and Juke Chicken on my list!
Given how terrible the weather forecast was that day, I didn’t expect anyone to show up for brunch here today. There was one lonely table occupied while the rest of the place was empty. The Ellis is decent sized- it’s more of a pub than restaurant serving up a popular range of “pub bites” like burgers, chicken, poutine, salads, etc. Pub food can go beyond the typical wings and fries- but they keep it simple here. But I’m here for brunch!
Price wise, it’s competitive to other brunch places in the city. Nothing really striked me other than the Fried Chicken French Toast ($16). But I do appreciate the variety and customization options catering to those who are gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan.
Boozy Iced Coffee ($7) Baileys and spiced rum
‘Old Fashioned’ Beignets ($8) Classic doughnuts glazed in icing. When I think of beignets, I think soft, pillowy, fluffy, and airy. However, these beignets were doughier and denser. I can’t remember if this came with a sauce for dipping.
Breakfast Sandwich ($12.5) Maple sausage patty, fried egg, cheddar cheese, grilled onion, tomato, pickles and mayo on a double toasted english muffin with lemon thyme hash. Bo thought her breakfast sandwich was tasty- her lemon thyme hash were pretty delicious! They could have been a tad crispier on the outside.
Bacon Avo’ Benny ($14) Soft poached eggs, smashed avocado, two slices of bacon & spinach on a double toasted english muffin with hollandaise and lemon thyme hash. Barb opted to have her hollandaise sauce on the side to keep the calorie count down 😉 I forgot to ask her about how her bennys tasted!
Fried Chicken French Toast ($16) Whole wheat breaded chicken, two pieces of Frosted Flakes french toast, and chicken gravy. Both Bob and I got the Chicken and Waffles. Normally, I like to encourage people to order different food items for variety, but I think it was because Bob was hoping that I wouldn’t be taking pictures of her plate so she wouldn’t have to wait 😛 At first glance, I was quite disappointed with the portion size- particularly the chicken given the price tag of this dish. The chicken itself was nicely seasoned and well executed- pairing nicely with the gravy, but the french toast was a huge letdown. They were bland, soggy, and lacked the “crunch” I was anticipating. Creative as they are for putting a spin on classic chicken and waffles, I had expected more.
Overall, I was disappointed with my experience here, however, the service was top notch and attentive. Perhaps I would give their lunch/dinner service a try in the future if I’m in the neighbourhood!
2204 York Ave