Not surprisingly, they do pretty much just bagels. Good thing then that they're pretty good at it. So far, hands down the best bagels in town. Maybe because they're cooked right. Stuff at your local supermarket or Timmy's don't hold a candle to this. Nobody else has the proper crust & chew.
The staff has always been pretty good, ok friendly, but always willing. No problem if we request one of the bagels fresh from the oven.
No complaints about the place. I mean, fine dining it ain't, but it's just like every other cafe, I don't worry about my health eating there. Sometimes it does get hot in there, but come on man, it's a bakery!
Back to the food, we also have tried their bagel 'sandwiches' a couple of times. Pretty good, but a bit pricey. It isn't McD's level for sure, but more in line with Jewish deli prices. I'll just stick with the pure bagels, which are much more reasonably priced. (And they keep quite well in the freezer & reheat nicely). The fresh bagels out of the oven, even the plain one, is just so darn good, it amost seems a waste to taint it with anything anyways.
Big thumbs up on just the bagels. Will return many times for them.
I was heading to a play nearby and decided to try the famous bagels here. They have lots of bagels, and the option to have a sandwich combo, etc. As a previous reviewer said, they are expensive. Plus, meat and dairy on a sandwich isn't kosher. Of course, hardly anyone in Vancouver keeps kosher, but it would be more authentic.
The place was tidy, but it was tiny and hot. The service was just fine. I had a Reuben and it was good, but it would have been better on pumpernickel. I also had an extra pickle, and it was tasty. I really liked the smoked meat. Unfortunately the bagel was not the best ever. Maybe I got a stale one.
I've had both smoked meat and bagels in Montreal, and while I am no expert, I can say this place serves up reasonable versions of each. I did not think the bagels were the 'best in the world' as their web page declares, but they aren't bad.
I am from the Montreal Jewish community so these kinds of bagels are close to my heart.
The bagels here are the most authentic you can get in Vancouver. They are not perfect but they are definitely the best I've found so far.
Its a bit expensive, especially if you want to buy sandwiches etc. I don't really buy those, I just get the bagels.
The smoked meat is good but its never quite right because they heat it too much before serving it so the texture is compromised.
I would recommend this place but I don't go that often. I'd rather wait until I go back a few times a year to have the real deal.
Sometimes you just gotta have a good Montreal smoked meat sandwich - and it's really grand on a Siegel's bagel! I love their smoked meat - full of flavour, not too much fat. Oh, and the pickle - the perfect partner to the sandwich! Too yummy! My husband was given an extra pickle to bring home to me when he told the person behind the counter that the sandwich was for his preggo wife. lol. The hamentashen is very tasty, but the rugoleh (the strawberry in particular) wins, hands-down! Definitely not an every-day treat, 'cause it must have a zillion calories (that has to be a cream-cheese pastry they're using!) It's been a while since I've been out all night, but if I remember correctly, they're open 24 hours!
This place seems so welcoming and is constantly busy with customers, so I tried it this last weekend and it was way too expensive for the value of the meal. Quite frankly, I left feeling disappointed and kind of sick from the meal. I ordered the Golden Turkey Melt which was made from regular, cheap ingredients (slice of cheddar cheese melted over tomatoes, regular cream cheese, lunch turkey meat, red pepper... and pickled beans?) - but priced at $9.50. Not worth it! I can make my own bagel for half the price, better ingredients, and 10x the satisfaction.
Siegel's bagels always hits the spot: chewy, slightly sweet. I like the plain ones, but the rosemary-rock salt is an interesting change. They go great with Siegel's specialty cream cheeses (overpriced, though). The chocolate-nut rugelach is pretty good too. Sandwiches are about average (I've tried the pastrami).
This place epitomises poor value, the prices charged for the third rate product are laughable.
Staff are surly, the premises grubby and washrooms unspeakably dirty and smelly.
Even early in the AM when there's no one around a person has to wait, wait, wait for someone who seems to move in slow motion to bother to put a few Bagels in a bag.
Complaining to Management does no good they simply refuse to hear you insisting that " there's no one like that working here", or " we all do a good job" when they know full well what a shoddy show they run.
I love Siegel's bagels and always have...........They are hands down the best bagels I have ever had. they bake them in a fire oven and it is impossible to get a bagel that tastes chewy on the inside and crunchy on the outside if it is baked any other way. They have been doing this for 21 years and have mastered the art of delicious bagels
The staff there know my name and always prepare my order with a friendly and upbeat attitude, its part of my daily routine. I used to go the Starbucks beside them for a coffee but they have really good coffee and I enjoy it as much as my Starbucks cup.
The bagels are $1 each and when you eat them they are so satisfying. What can you get for $1 anymore?
The store was looking a bit run down before but they recently did a new renovation and really cleaned the place up. It wasn't very comfortable before but now it is somewhere i enjoying sitting and watching the theatrics of the bagel making.....
Siegel's Bagels makes the best, stickest, sweetest sticky sticky buns. I don't make it to Vancouver often, but when I do I always make sure to Siegel's at Flour to get one of those buns!!! Sielel's is a "yummy" place! If you love baked goods and have a sweet tooth, you must visit. Just peering at the assortment of goodies makes your mouth water! It's hard to choose, but you can't go wrong. Aside from the tasty sweets, they also have awesome bagels which are wonderfully unique - and always made with the freshest ingredients
Wouldn't go here again simply because the prices are way too high for what you get. Almost 10 bucks a piece for the open faced sandwiches? We'll pass! The turkey melt in particular was pretty pitiful, the amount of turkey was meager at best. It tasted fine though. The opposite was true with the tuna melt, a good portion but pretty tasteless.
If you've never had a Montreal Bagel, then you WON'T know what all the fuss is about.
Siegel's are the real thing. They make them right. The ingredients are right. They bake them right. They are the real thing.
If you've been to Farimount or St. Urbain in Montreal one walk into this place will remind you of home. Okay, Siegel's is more modern and brighter, but the aroma along with the sight of the wood-burning oven (soon to be extinct in Montreal if the municipality gets its wish) are all one needs to be swept away.
Price: Yikes... crazy. Waa-aaay too expensive. I have no idea why their product costs what it costs... but it is cheaper than flying home for a dozen. Getting the day-olds is a solution.
As for the smoked meat... well, look... this is a bagel place. The smoked meat IS from Montreal (but if you read my other posts you'll know my thoughts on these wannabees), but it's not prepared right... period. It's not a superior recipe and well, that's that.
The baked goods aren't bad. He sells good pickles. The coffee is tasteless (no, I don't like Starbuck's either cause it's TOO strong). This stuff is (at least the last two times I had coffee there) awful... so no more coffee there.
But the bagels? They are undoubtedly the best... and I daresay better now than anything I have had in Montreal in many years. (and I go back regularly). Siegel's seem to absorb the smokiness of the wood ovens as they used to do in Mtl.
Maybe that's why they cost twice as much.
Would I go back? Absolutely... just less frequently ($10 a dozen is nuts)!
I had the daily special of smoked meat sandwich + fries + pop. The fries were excellent. They were cooked in a different type of oil -- it didn't taste like the usual heart-stopping stuff, and the potatoes seemed fresh rather than frozen. I had my sandwich on the delicious sesame bagel with dijon mustard. A very satisfying lunch. I'd definitely go back.
So far they seem to be the best Montreal bagels in the Lower Mainland. For the savory try the Onion with cream cheese, for the sweet I like cinnamon raisin. Their consistency is nice and chewy, but not so dense it hurts your poor jaw.
Where to start? FINALLY! We have found wood oven bagels that aren't the usual white fluffy chemically round bread things.
We always take out, and the spinach filled warm bagels are to die for. A weekend treat for my 17 year old son and husband is the boil in a bag smoked meat. Slather a toasted bagel with butter and mustard and that crazy bag of smoked meat and trust me, you are in heaven.
Service is painfully slow though.
But the upside is, they will preslice the bagels for me. I despise the seedy mess in my kitchen that comes from slicing 2 dozen bagels for freezing. So for a little extra, the slow staff will preslice those suckers....making freezing/defrosting so much easier.
Just pick up an issue of 24 while you wait and Bob's your uncle.
Despite the one downside, this is the best place for bagels in the city bar none!
I just back from a vacation in New York, and did not have time to get a proper corned beef sandwich from a Jewish restaurant. I decided to try a Montreal smoked meat sandwich from here was was really disappointed.
First of all, they served it on a bagel. Really it needs to be served on rye. I got a plain bagel so it wouldn't detract from the flavours of the meat. Instead, it simply masked them. There was an insufficient amount of meat for the price, and the onions were tasteless. For the price it really should come with more meat, and at the very least a bag of chips. Instead they gave me single sliver of a pickle. Not even a whole one! I may as well have ordered a plain bagel for $1, because it would have tasted the same.
This place screams penny pinching owners. They are open 24 hours, and do not seem to ever move bagels from the front to the day-old section. On several occasions I have been sold stale bagels from the counter.
What could be more perfect before a day of work then grabbing a rosemary rocksalt bagel with light veggie cream cheese! I drool just thinking about it. The rugelas are superb and the varity of cream cheese is sure to please anyone. A Cimmon raison rugela to finish it off and you're set! I am personally very pleased by the selection of Happy Planet juices the have, I am personlly addicted to the Extream Green. :)
The service is good, although it can get a little busy which means a bit of a wait. Once, I chose a cream cheese off thier menu which read "Garden Vegitable Cream Cheese." I asked for the garden cream cheese, but when I open my bagel at work it was garlic. This happened twice before I actually saw the fellow right down "garlic" and corrected him. He told me they didn't have a garden and when I pointed it out of the menu he said "oh you mean veggie!"
Veggie? Garden? Whats the differance? Anyways. Now I know and they get it right everytime. I'm always happy when I trot in through the front door and smell the fresh food. It feels warm and cozy and watching the bakers in the back while I wait is entertaining. Overall, I'm generally happy when I'm done my breakfast. I always look forward to my next sojourn to Siegel's.
I love their bagels. Siegel's and Solly's certainly appear to be the best in the area! Some great pastries as well. But nothing beats their smoked meat sandwich (always get a large one). They get their smoked meat right from Montreal, and be sure you ask them to chop the fat off before they slice it.
I love Siegel's. And I was so pleased to discover that they are also available at the Granville Island Market which I frequent more often than the Kits area. The only problem is when ever I go to get onion bagels at kits --they're always sold out! And they're the only ones sold out. I admit I'm not an early bird, but isn't it obvious? We all love the onion bagels. So....Why not make more? We want onion breath at 2pm.
I've been in there, once in a while, for many years. Every time.....zombie like slow-a$$ed service. And seems like no one in there could put even a phoney smile on their faces, even if their lives depended on it.
The place is usually always dirty. Many times I've gone in after midnight, and I always see at least a few workers in there. Yet, there's always crahp on the tables, pieces of separated newspaper on different tables, especially outside. Overflowing garbage container outside right by the tables...like a plastic Australian ant hill (but the others in that parking lot are not overflowing...even though THEY closed a long time ago).
And too hot! I was just in the other week at about 2AM, wasn't warm outside (this is May). Try to imagine what it's like in the summer. And I do remember being in there in the summer, it's annoying and really saps your appetite.
As for the food, bagels are bagels. So that is what I order (different types from pizza style to plain, poppyseed, sesame seed, with/without creme cheese). The only stuff that isn't mediocre (to plain lame) is a regular bagel with creme cheese.....for $3.50. So that tastes good......well BIG whoop, I can go to a Tim Hortons drive-thru and get something just as good for less than three bucks. Or go to Benny's Bagels on W. Broadway and relax in a very nice, cool looking and comfy setting (yes they're 24hrs too).
And I don't give a darn about any reviews about some Montreal bagel. A dump like this could have THREE really good bagels. But...it's still a dump (with employees to match, of which some can't even understand english).
I had a spinach/cheese pastry thing recently, the thing tasted lame. And it made me feel a little ill after. But regardless of even that, or the bad service, the absolute worst thing about Siegels.......the prices! ONE word...."LOL"!
I won't be going back there. Ever.
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