When you arrive in a new city early in the morning after a fourteen hour flight, the first thing to do is find a very delicious and substantial meal. That’s exactly what we did when we arrived in Vancouver on a cold December morning last year. We were on a trip to visit my brother and his girlfriend who made Vancouver their home two years ago now. All four of us have an appreciation for food, and so we decided to check out Jam Cafe, a very popular and trendy brunch hot spot in Vancouver right now.
So popular that it meant waiting in line for an hour and a half. In the rain.
Generally, I hate waiting. And I especially hate waiting when I’m hungry. Ask anyone who knows me. It’s not pretty. Luckily, a kind waitress brought out waffle samples – and umbrellas – so the wait wasn’t all bad. And it was definitely worth it once we got inside.
Jam is decked out with super cool rustic, Canadian-style decor, offering the perfect introduction to us Australian travellers. There’s a lot of timber and random bits and pieces hanging up all around the place, making it a super cosy place to enjoy a meal in good company.
How cool is this work of art:
That’s my kind of periodic table.
So. First thing’s first: coffee.
We didn’t have a lot of luck finding a coffee that matched Australian standards anywhere in Vancouver but this one came pretty close. It was strong and delicious and it definitely did it’s job.
If you don’t want a coffee, you could go straight for something even stronger. Who doesn’t love a breakfast cocktail? Especially one complete with a bacon garnish.
This concoction is called a ‘Caesar’and is Canada’s version of a Bloody Mary. A Caesar is made with tomato juice and clam broth (“clamato”), as well as vodka, Worcestershire sauce and a few other things.There are a bunch of articles out there claiming that the Caesar is actually even better than the Bloody Mary. I didn’t order one for myself but I tried it and it wasn’t bad at all.
Now, why you’re really here: the food.
Breakfast at Jam Cafe
Being left outside with the menu all that time meant we had a lot of time to mull it over. This was essential since the Jam menu has so many amazing things to choose from. It was a difficult choice, and I’m glad we had an hour and a half to make it.
Here’s what we ordered.
The Charlie Bowl
The Charlie Bowl comes in two sizes, and believe it or not, this is the Little Charlie. My brother got about halfway through before he had to put down his fork.
What is it? Jam describes the Charlie Bowl as their version of “a hash with crumbled biscuit, hash browns, diced ham, green onions, cheddar topped with sausage gravy and two sunny side eggs.”
Like everyone’s breakfast that day, I tried it and can attest that it was delicious.
Green Eggs and Ham
The name of this dish pretty much won me over. And so did the description: “Scrambled eggs, with spinach, pesto and goat cheese served on a buttermilk biscuit with a slice of ham. Served with hashbrowns.”
Like the Charlie Bowl, this dish was another huge one, confirming that when it comes to portion sizes, Jam Cafe is definitely very generous.
I did think it was kind of strange that it came with a little pot of sweet jam but I’m glad it did because I tried it on my buttermilk ‘biscuit’ (kind of like an Australian scone) and it was super delicious.
A big fan of guacamole and chorizo, this was B’s choice. Jam Cafe describes it as “Fried corn tortillas topped with tomatillo salsa, black beans, jalapeno sour cream, guacamole, smoked chorizo sausage, two basted eggs and house made corn bread.”
Again – massive, again – delicious.
Farmer’s Breakfast Skillet
Last but not least, was the Farmer’s Breakfast Skillet. This dish consisted of “sausage, bacon, seasonal peppers, and mushrooms all scrambled with two eggs on hashbrowns and topped with shredded cheddar cheese, green onions and tomatoes.” With a side of some really yum rye toast.
And there you have it. A delicious brunch at Jam Cafe.
If breakfast is your jam (pun intended), Jam is the place to go. A self-proclaimed all-day breakfast cafe, Jam’s menu has so many delicious brunch-y options. You’re bound to find something that satiates your sweet or savoury breakfast cravings – just be prepared to wait.