What do you think when you hear the name “Nelson the Seagull”? Personally, I imagine some kind of kids story about a seagull named Nelson. What I certainly do not imagine is a hipster bakery/cafe in Gastown, but that is exactly what that turned out to be. In addition to fresh baked bread and various other treats, they have a small menu of sandwiches, breakfast items, and drinks. I had their Lemon Zest Marzipan Croissant, Carnivore Sandwich, and Jam Wheel.
Lemon Zest Marzipan Croissant ($4.00):
The pastry was quite flaky and tender, with a slightly salty flavour and a nice fragrance of lemon zest. I do wish that there was more marzipan.
Carnivore Sandwich ($12:00):
This contained roast beef, pesto, cheese, and mustard, and was served on their housemade sourdough bread. It came with a small side of greens, which didn’t seem to be well dressed and was bland, although I did enjoy the strawberries that were mixed in. The bread was crusty on the outside and tender and chewy on the inside, and appears to have been lightly buttered. The filling was very tasty, with the meat being tender and smoky, the cheese creamy and sharp and the pesto lending a nice flavor and fragrance. It is a tad on the salty side, but I quite enjoyed it.
Jam Wheel ($4:00):
The pastry was a tad soggy, but still flaky and had a nice buttery flavour. The jam was not overly sweet, thick, and filled with blueberries. This was simple but tasty.
In spite of the strange name, I quite enjoyed my visit to Nelson the Seagull. While I wasn’t blown away by the food, I thought that it was still pretty solid. The prices are a tad on the higher side, but not unreasonable. This is a spot worth checking out.