I’m going to say something shocking, but here’s the truth: I do have friends. Dun dun dun. Granted, I don’t have many friends – I’m way too awkward to make conversation with anyone and have absolutely zero hobbies or interests that I can share with others – but I do have a few close buddies from highschool. I met up with one of them this Sunday to have brunch and to catch up on our respective lives. I’m still looking for the best Chicken & Waffles in Vancouver, and Tuc Craft apparently offers a mean version of it according to social media, so I picked that restaurant for that meet up. My friend, for whatever reason, decided to get their Beluga Lentils & Eggs, which to me just sounded bleh, but I won’t judge.
For some reason or other, the food took absolutely FOREVER to arrive. We waited easily for over 30 minutes (probably closer to 40). In fact, we actually flagged down a waitress because we were afraid that they might have somehow forgotten our order. I don’t know if this is typical for the restaurant or if we just happened to catch them on a bad day, but I was seriously getting very, very hungry and very annoyed. This is one of the instances that it’s advantageous to have a dining companion to complain to; I’d probably go crazy from waiting otherwise…
Crispy Chicken & Waffles ($17):
This is a very generous portion, consisting of two large pices of fried chicken breast and two small waffles, and was accompanied by sides of dijon mournaise, spicey ketchup, and syrup. The chicken was great. Even though it was white meat (which, of course, tends to be dry), it was still quite tender and moist. It was well seasoned and flavourful, and coated in a nice crispy batter. I actually prefer this rendition over that of Chewies, which I had found to be a tad too bland. The waffles were a bit flat and thin, and I do prefer the version from Chewies, which was thicker and fluffier (if only they could combine the chicken from Tuc Craft with the waffle from Chewies). It was still tasty however: soft, buttery and mildly sweet. I really liked the variety of condiments that they provided, all of which were tasty. Overall, I have to say that I prefer this chicken & waffles over that of Chewies, making it the best rendition of the dish that I’ve had so far.
So the food at Tuc Craft was very good. The staff members were also quite friendly and reasonably attentive. The long wait, however, did leave a bit of a bad taste in my mouth (no pun intended), and I’m a little hesitant to return again, at least not alone.