Jam Cafe Review (Victoria, BC)

Jam Cafe is currently the “talk of the town” on Urbanspoon Victoria so we decided to stop by for some brunch yesterday. Recently opened by the same couple who started the popular Union Pacific coffee shop, Jam Cafe is also located on Herald Street (where the famous Herald Street Cafe used to be).

This hip ‘n’ rustic diner is an all-day breakfast joint, serving old classics and new favourites. Its menu is incredibly enticing. Breakfast aficionados who adore the sweeter side of life will relish in their Red Velvet Pancakes, Brioche French Toast, and Chocolate French Toast, while savoury fiends will want to check out their Eggs Benedict and The Charlie Bowl. Breakfast not your thing? Fret not, Jam Cafe’s lunch menu is equally as alluring. Buttermilk Fried Chicken or the Angry Bird with Fries are sure to please, and why not wash them down with Coca-Cola in glass bottles (the only way it should be served).

We started with some JJ Bean Coffee ($2.50) – Jam Cafe brews a terrific, full-bodied cup-o-joe using JJ Bean coffee, a socially responsible roaster based in Vancouver.

Our server, who was very helpful and attentive, informed us about the specials of the day. One of them was a basket of homemade doughnuts with blueberry dipping sauce. Um, yes please! But in the end, I decided on the Buttermilk Biscuit Sandwich ($10.95) – A buttermilk biscuit made in-house with scramble eggs, cheddar cheese, tomato jam, hash browns. Wow! Not only was this biscuit freshly made and a huge size, it was also perfectly baked. Light and fluffy with a lovely crunchy exterior, this superb biscuit also had a tonne of flavour. The hash browns were also perfect. Golden and crispy on the outside while neither too hard, nor too soft in the middle. The tomato jam was very tasty with plenty of fresh basil. The sliced fruit and roasted tomatoes were lovely garnishes.

Another special of the day was the Chorizo Hash – Mushrooms, chorizo sausage, two poached eggs on hash browns topped with maple bbq hollandaise. Another deliciously excellent dish! The barbecue hollandaise paired nicely with the smokiness of the sausage and it’s apparent that Jam Cafe uses only quality ingredients, including plenty of fresh and fragrant herbs.

Overall, our experience at Jam Cafe was fantastic – great food, service and atmosphere. Victoria you’ve got a keeper. Jam Cafe could certainly compete with the top breakfast hot-spots in Vancouver (i.e. Twisted Fork Bistro). You can guarantee we’ll return to try their impressive-sounding sweet breakfast offerings and lunch items.

Jam Cafe on Urbanspoon

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