Yolk's is a breakfast and lunch joint serving up fresh, locally sourced egg sandwiches, granola, pancakes and more.
We hit Yolk's at their funky place on Hastings and Clark last weekend for breakfast and really enjoyed it. Wife had a double smoked bacon double eggs on lemon truffle hashbrowns with sharp white cheddar and I settled on their apparently famous chicken and waffles. Wife's hashbrowns were yummy, I pinch as many as I could get away with. The 2 pieces of fried chicken were juicy and crunchy and made a nice contrast with the sweet waffle. Probably the best chicken and waffles I've had in a while. Service was smooth and friendly with our chatty servers. Great breakfast experience, very reasonable prices.......we'll be back with friends while they are still at this location.
Because we practice the fine art of breakfast cookery at home we don't often go out for the morning meal, but on this particular Sunday we didn't have breakfast or lunch so decided to finally come for a 2:15 pm "dunch" because every time we drive by we say, "we've got to try that place". It was surprisingly busy still at that time and there were 2 or 3 other small parties waiting at the door when we arrived. but it didn't take long to get seated. It's very basic inside. They erased all traces of the brave bull, quick paint job, table and chairs, and bam, breakfast joint. Didn't hire any designers here, and who cares for a cheap n cheerful breaky? Except it's not cheap. Hubby ordered the special eggs benny with avocado fritter, side of bacon (extra), side of home fries (extra), me, benny style eggs on arugula and lemon truffle potatoes. The food took AGES to come, easily over 30 minutes, seemed like an hour for my tummy. Way too long to wait for breakfast food. By the time it came we were both so hungry we would have eaten cotton balls sautéed in butter. Thank goodness the food was tasty, but not very hot. The portions were fine for us because we are both watching our waistlines but they weren't generous portions by any stretch. Our waitress was saccharin sweet and narrated each thing she was about to do, "I'm going to get some more water for you now", "I'm going to get some more coffee for you now". If it was actual breakfast time when some people might be sporting hangovers, her life could be in peril. Still, the food was definitely flavourful, although the hollandaise was a little thin for my liking. The coffee was good quality and we saw some yummy looking waffles and beignets cruise by our table. Our bill came to $40.00 for two breakfasts and 1 bottomless coffee. We were kind of surprised. So, finally I'd say we would come again if there were no line ups but we wouldn't wait in line again just to have to wait a long time for the food. Also, I noticed on the menu they put 18% gratuity on large parties... really? For this kind of service? I would expect that at Gotham's where we had dined the night before, but no way at Yolk's. Craaazy.
It's taken over the old Brave Bull location. Inside it gives off an old diner vibe, it certainly doesn't look new at all. Menu is limited, just a few items and it's all breakfast/brunch stuff. The food was actually pretty decent, carefully made, tasty. Thumbs up on this stuff.
The big let down is in service. Oh, the staff were friendly enough for sure. Attentive, yeah, okay, good enough for a diner. But it's downhill from there.
We got there and there was a a bit of a wait (no reservations taken). I could see an empty table and another party ahead of us. We were told about 15-20 minutes, and it was nearly that before the prior party got seated. With an empty table available! They also have a very large empty area with no tables. Okay, sure, maybe you can't service everyone, but having the extra tables is a small cost and allows customers who don't need "active" service to either wait or ones who are done to linger & chat (it seemed some customers liked to do that).
We finally got seated and put in our order quickly. Pancakes, waffles & chicken and the daily special (happened to be pork belly confit with the poached egg). It took a LONG time to get our stuff. Might have even been an hour. We were not the exception, those that came after us certainly got their food after us as well. This is ridiculous, pancakes & waffle mix is pre-made, should be a 10 minute job at max. The fried chicken? Good, but how long to batter up those things & fry it up? And the daily special? Well if you're advertising the special, you better be prepared when people order it. Surely the pork belly confit is not cooked to order (is it? maybe that explains it, but you can't have an item on the menu that is made to order but takes more than 30 minutes), so how long to poach a bloody egg?
I saw maybe 3-4 in the kitchen and they seemingly couldn't handle the small amount of customers. It's not like they got slammed, the customers came in a rather steady trickle. Out front, I saw 5, maybe even 6 staff. Complete over-kill. Should be covered by 2 people. 3 tops if they are training inexperienced staff. The stumbling block is the kitchen anyways. If they cannot handle the full kitchen, then they should dole out reservations in fixed time blocks at a rate that they can handle.
Total time we spent in there may have been close to 2 hours and they squeezed less than $40 (including tax!) out of our small table. As I mentioned, we were not unique. People were there a LONG time. That doesn't bode well, that's not going to pay their salaries & bills. According to their website, the dude behind the truck has 20 years experience in the industry. Doing what? If he does, he's not keeping an eye on the restaurant. They need to up their game. Good food let down by poor restaurant management.