Contrary to what all my previous posts might indicate, I do actually eat food other than just chocolate and cakes (I’ve managed to survive for 25 years after all, so I must be getting enough nutrients). Now one place that I’ve been wanting to visit for the longest time is Jam Cafe. Their original location in Victoria was featured on “You Gotta Eat Here”, and fortunately they’ve opened up a new location in Gastown a few years back. Just a glance at some of the offerings from their menu alone is enough to get my mouth watering (Red Velvet Pancakes, Charlie Bowl, Pulled Pork Pancakes and many, many more). They are quite a popular place, and there was a considerable lineup when I visited them today (11:15 am on a Wednesday), and I can only imagine the lines to be even greater on weekends. Fortunately however, their service appears to be quite efficient (and their staff were also extremely friendly), and I only had to wait about 20 minutes to get seated. It was a difficult decision for me to pick from their menu since literally EVERYTHING sounded delicious, but I finally settled on their Fried Chicken French Toast, along with a cup of coffee to wash it all down.
Chicken French Toast ($16.5):
This consisted of 4 pieces of french toast and a generous piece of fried chicken, with jalapeño maple syrup and pickled cabbage.
Fried Chicken: 4.5/5; I was initially a bit disappointed to find that they used white meat (dark meat tastes much better in my opinion), and was pleasantly surprised by how good the chicken was. While white meat tended to be dry, this chicken was actually very moist and tender. The coating was flavourful and retained its crunch in spite of being covered in sour cream and syrup. Speaking of the syrup, I must admit that I was a bit let down by it. I expected that there would be a bit of heat from the jalapeño. Instead, it just tasted like regular syrup with a slightly odd smell from the peppers that I personally didn’t really like.
French Toast: 2.5/5; This was unfortunately quite disappointing. Now, I’ve only had french toast once before, so I’m by no means some aficionado, but this just tasted like regular bread to me. Granted that it was quite good bread – being really soft and fluffy – but I was expecting it to be hot and crispy, and to have more flavour.
I’m no coffee aficionado – I just drink it for the caffeine, which is what all graduate students need – so I can’t comment on whether or not it’s “good” coffee, only that they use beans from JJ Roasters. I will say that the staff members were very good about re-fills.
Just a quick word on the portion sizes: I had ZERO trouble finishing off my plate (in fact, I was tempted to order 2 plates, but was too embarrassed as I didn’t want any of the staff members thinking that I’m some gluttonous freak of nature). A lot of the other wimpier patrons (or, more accurately, people with normal appetites) around me weren’t able to finish their orders, however, so I guess their portions are big to the average humans. In any case, I cannot wait to return to try some of their other offerings (the Pulled Pork Pancakes are next on my hit list).
Bill + complimentary lolly
Recommendations: N/A (still need to try more from their menu)