I love breakfast/brunch, it’s easily my favourite meal to order from Western-style restaurants as the dishes tend to be generally a lot more decadent and exciting than boring old sandwiches and burgers. One popular dish that I’ve never yet had a chance to try is eggs benedict. I was determined to change that, and what’s a better place to get eggs benedict than a place called “Yolks”? The place is quite popular, and was full when I visisted. I had to wait for about 10 minutes to be seated, which wasn’t so bad. I ordered the Two Eggs Benedict, with Maple Smoked Ham, Hollandaise, and Truffle-lemon Hashbrowns in place of the regular English Muffin. Maybe it was because they were very busy, but it took a pretty long time (~20 minutes) for my food to arrive.
Eggs Benedict (2 Eggs + Maple Smoked Ham + Hollandaise on Truffle-Lemon Hashbrowns, $13.50):
The eggs were “perfectly” poached, with runny yolks that the remaining 99.99% of the population that’s not me go crazy for (I just don’t understand the appeal – I prefer the egg yolks to be hard as 1) I like to have texture and 2) I don’t have to worry about losing any of the yolk). They were covered in a modest amount of hollandaise sauce, which was by far my favourite component of the dish, being thick and creamy with a mild tang. There were 4-5 small slices of ham underneath, which just tasted standard to me, nothing special. The lemon-truffle hashbrowns came in a decently sized portion, but were a bit of a disappointment to me in terms of taste. I had expected the potatoes to be lemon-truflfe scented. I did not find any truffle flavour (granted, I’ve never had truffles before, but I could not detect any special scent from the potatoes), and the lemon component actually meant that the potatoes would be quite tangy, like the ones from Greek restaurants, which I personally am not too crazy about. Moreover, they were quite soggy and not crispy, as I had hoped they’d be. Overall, I found this dish to be fine, but nothing special, and not something that I’d oder again. The portion size wasn’t very large, but fortuantely, the potatoes were quite filling so I wasn’t left hungry (I would be if I had ordered the benedict on a regular English muffin.
I generally don’t comment on coffee, but theirs is a bit unusual in that it’s quite acidic. I personally didn’t like it much. But I’m not going to rate it, as I actually like coffee from McDonalds, so what do I know?
Although I wasn’t particularly impressed by my first visit, I decided to return again a few days later as I saw that they had Chicken & Waffles on their menu, for only $13.95. The place, while still busy, as less full, and I was seated right away. This time my food came out much more quickly.
Chicken & Waffles ($13.95):
This came with a small glass of maple syrup and gravy. Now, they call the dish chicken & waffles (as in plural), but a more accurate description should be chicken and half-waffle that’s been halved again so that there are two pices of quarter waffles. In other words, the portion was pretty small.
There were three modestly sized pieces of chicken tenders. The chicken was quite crispy and had a nice bouncy texture. However, (and I’m quite shocked I’m saying this), the chicken was very salty. I have a very high tolerance for salt, and I usually complain about dishes at restaurants being underseasoned, so I’m quite astonished that any regular person could actually enjoy this dish. The flavours were very one-note; there were no other seasoning or herbs that I could detect. This was a serious disappointment.
This was the redeeming part of the dish. The waffle was soft and fluffy, with a nice sweet fragrance. However, as I’ve just mentioned earlier, they only give you half of a waffle. Come on! I’m a big, muscular man! Just because I’m stuck inside the body of a 4’11 woman doesn’t mean you can give me half a waffle and expect me to get full! Seriously though, this raises a lot of questions for me like what did they do with the other half of the waffle? I’m quite sure that the dishes are made on order, so they couldn’t have a half waffle just sitting there, waiting for someone else to order it. Do they have special waffle irons that just make half waffles? Do the staff members get to eat it? I’m honestly going mad thinking about the other half of the waffle that I did not get to eat.
After my two visits, I have to say that I’m not very impressed by Yolk’s. The food is just okay, nothing special, and I found the portions to be rather small. The service was also okay, but nowhere nearly as attentive or efficient as other places like Jam or Twisted Fork. While I don’t think that this place is in any way “bad”, I don’t really understand why they are so popular and busy. Everyone’s got different tastes I guess.
At least the prices are reasonable.
Freshly squeezed orange juice.