As part of our trip to Victoria, we decided to discover some brunch places. Remember seeing the stack of red velvet pancakes on You Gotta Eat Here, we got to the door of Jam Cafe in the old town area.
After a 40-minute wait, we were finally presented with the menu and my eyes were no longer on the red velvet pancakes. Instead, I got myself the Chicken French Toast. Oh my, it was a huge, pretty plate!
The whole chicken breast was nicely fried, crispy, crunchy, with just the right amount of breading. The meat was still juicy. As you know I’m a sucker for brioche so the brioche French toasts were really enjoyable for me; perhaps they could be soaked in the egg mixture just a bit longer. The highlight for me was the Tabasco honey, in place of a syrup, which was sweet with a hint of heat. The dish was a very well executed combination of sweet and savoury/spicy. Will order that again.
Mr. ordered himself a messy burger. The Union Beast sandwich looked irresistible and sure enough, it tasted very good.
The tangy cola BBQ sauce was a bit sweeter than regular BBQ sauce, but not overly sweet. There was a generous portion of moist pulled pork and the firm pretzel bun helped hold everything together. Any bun would have fallen apart. The matchstick fries were good and plentiful. The sandwich was a big drippy mess but that’s just an indication of yummy deliciousness.
Even though I didn’t order the Red Velvet Pancakes, our dining neighbours ordered it so I shamelessly walked over and snapped a picture. According to them, it was really good, just like red velvet cakes, but really more like a dessert than brunch items. To this date, Mr. still thinks we should’ve ordered it. Perhaps we should.
Jam Cafe reminds me of the old Medina Cafe, located in an area that’s full of characters and is frequented by hipsters. It also doesn’t accept reservations. It was a non-holiday Monday morning and we still waited for 40 minutes. Looks like it’s popular among locals too.
The dishes here are well executed classics with a twist. It’s definitely one of the best brunches I’ve had in the last little bit. I’m still not so thrilled about the lineup, but I would go back for the food!
542 Herald Street, Victoria