Zako's Deli features Montreal smoked meat and other deli delights.
Been waiting forever to get a chance to try it. Doesn't look like much, slightly run down joint, but that's okay. I suppose that is what it is.
We went in, there's a guy yapping on the phone, didn't pay attention to us. Really? Don't care about the only potential customers since your place is absolutely empty? We finally waved him over after we made our decision. Did he stop? No, he took our order and kept on yapping on the phone. Seemed to take quite a while for just a sandwich and poutine.
While we were eating, he stepped out and left us alone. Another customer came in, rang the bell and finally gave up and walked out. Turned out dude was just squatting outside the restaurant, still yapping away on the phone. Eventually he came back in. Good thing, cause more customers came in. But did he stop? No, kept right on at it. We had to "interrupt" his conversation just to pay.
For that alone, we would never, ever go back. Not for someone who doesn't give a damn about the customers nor the food.
Well, about the food. The sandwich was just a sandwich. Small, Med. Large just seems to vary in the amount of meat piled between the bread. Which was pre-sliced, ordinary bread. Nothing special. The meat itself was ... ok. For the price, it blows chunks. If you want a better sandwich and more choices, feel free to head to Kaplan`s or Siegel`s. Way better.
The poutine was advertised as fresh cut potatoes with local cheese curds. I`ll give the potatoes the benefit of the doubt, but the kurds were not kurds. Just chunked up mozzarella or similar type cheese. Wrong taste, wrong texture, no squeak. If it`s poutine you want, you`d do better heading off to La Belle Patate. (Which, BTW, would probably offer better steamie plate too).
Don`t waste your time here, not only is the service crap, there is nothing special about the food, even ignoring that it`s downright misleading. There`s basically 3 things on the menu, the sandwich, poutine and steamie platter. Maybe some people have had a significantly better experience here. If that`s the case, the owner should start by firing that guy who was on duty, who actually LOST a customer who walked in cause he couldn`t get service in an empty restaurant.
I had a poutine and it was decent, not the best poutine I have had. Perhaps the smoked meat sandwiches are better. I prefer the poutines at Costco or better yet, Fritz down on Davie. Seating area was dirty and looked like they were still moving in. This deli needs the Restaurant Makeover team to kick it in the ass and it has only been open for 6 months or less.
Still sampling poutine around the city.
Took the fam damily to Zako's. It was pouring rain outside. Too bad we couldn't warm up in the restaurant as the door was propped wide open. It's was cold in there. Brrrrrr!
The floor was wet, the kids were pretending to "ice skate" around the table. We got them to settle down and take a seat. The floor was downright hazardous, I would hate to see someone have a slip and fall.
The server was pleasant and competent - no complaints about the counter service at all.
We ordered 2 large smoked meat sandwiches. One small smoked meat sandwich. One steamie dog and one large poutine. We also had a can of pop, a bottle of ice tea and two chocolate milk. With a two dollar tip (I don't tip on % for counter service) the entire bill came to just under $50.
The sandwiches were okay - the meat was good, but a "large" is simply more meat piled on. Otherwise, it was the same as the small in terms of bread size. It was tasty enough otherwise - but could have been a bit warmer. The slaw was only so-so - I didn't much like the flavour and left it. I also prefer a salty pickle rather than a dilled pickle - but that is more personal taste.
As for the poutine - the chips themselves were okay. The gravy was tasty, but the order could have used another scoop of gravy - we had many dry fries in this order. The cheese curds would have been okay - but they were chopped up!! There were teeny, tiny little cheese curds on the top of our order. Again, would have liked to see some more cheese and they are suppose to be in chunks, not teeny little chopped pieces.
Overall - it would be an okay place for a montreal smoked meat fix. I would go when the weather is a little nicer so I don't freeze in the shop. I wouldn't bother with the large sandwich - stick to the medium. I also wouldn't bother with the poutine - although it COULD have been really good with more gravy and more cheese curds in whole chunks.
We will continue to search for supreme poutine...
Growing up in Montreal, other than eating asian food, smoked meat was my second staple food. Everytime I go back to Montreal, I gotta have a smoked meat sandwich. Going to Zako's reminds me of home. It's good comfort food and I love their poutine.
Parking is a pain due to the Cambie construction, I usually go when its not rush hour. Service is great, the owner is super nice, makes you feel at home. Also, he used to live in Montreal. The place is clean everytime I come here. Price is very reasonable. This is a place to go for a good smoked meat sandwich.
Walk into Zako's and find the flavour of Montreal, here in the heart of the west coast. After staring at the chalk menu board for a moment the friendly counter person swooped in to explain their tasty offerings. It was the lure of Montreal smoked meat that brought us in, and hearing it was our first visit she immediately sliced up a large sample of some of the most tender, melt in your mouth meat that has ever passed my lips. Great flavour and at that first bite I was hooked. With three sizes of sandwich, (all under $10) there is one for every appetite. If you are not up for those slices of heaven they have fantastic steamed hotdogs and even their own rendition of Poutine with montreal smoked meat.
Only criticism, the coleslaw lacked a memorable flavour and was quite crunchy.
Yum! How I missed smoked meat, poutine and even a delicious BAG of dark, greasy, tasty French fries since moving from Quebec and Ottawa two years ago. Tasty and authentic... and a piece of the culinary puzzle that's been missing in Vancouver.
Bienvenue et Merci!
I stopped by this little place purely by fluke. I was on my way to a Dr's appointment and was I fairly early and really hungry. I was greeted right away, and ordered a turkey sandwich. The meat was thick, real turkey (not turkey roll!) and the bread was soft and tasted fresh. The quality of the ingredients used are worth of the $5 I paid, especially the pesto artichoke spread that is used as the sandwich spread. It so delicious and is homemade by the owner (who was very friendly and engaged me in a pleasant conversation while I ate). All in all, would I recommend this little deli to others? For sure! The experience was far more than I bargained for. I was even offed a sample of the smoked meat that they are known for, and on top of that the service was personal and genuine.A ten outta ten for sure!
the 'poor reviews' that are posted prior to mine feel like they were written by a bunch of anaemic crybabies. Zako's is a mom-n-pop operation that provides outstanding, value-priced smoked meat fare, without any big ostentatious pretentiousness...they're a small deli that provides great food...you want expensive decor and super-model service?...go to joe morton's or your local cactus club! you want a great smoked meat sandwich? go to Zako's!
I went there in evening, around 16:30, and they are already out of most of 'other' sandwiches. I asked a guy if he can make fresh one but no, though they open till 22:00. 'Other' sandwiches are not even freshly made and once gone, that's it.
Smoked meat sandwich is okay but I had it better at some other places.
I find the best smoked meat in Vancouver at this perfect little place. I usually take it home (they can wrap the meat separately from the bread), but eating here is unassumingly comfortable. The owner and his staff are always friendly and helpful. The cole slaw uses a vinegar not a mayonnaise dressing, which many delis favour. It's always fresh. The pricing is perfectly fair. If you're looking for excellent smoked meat and you're near Broadway and Cambie, you can't go wrong (I've been here about half a dozen times).
I feel sorry that the other reviewer didn't have a 5 star experience at this new Deli on Broadway, which is actually rapidly becoming a favourite lunch spot for City Hall workers and others in our area. For a true Montreal Smoked Meat, this is the only place in our city to get it, and enjoy it. The owner works the counter and loves to chat, get feedback, and entertain diners. I started getting my lunch here about 1 month after they opened, and have been going there each day since. The flavours and quality of food are such that I hired the owner to cater my own wedding last month, and was not disappointed in the least. My guests are still complimenting me on the catering choice. It is rare to find a small eatery like this, where you not only get great food and great service, but also walk out feeling happy and looking forward to returning. If you haven't tried it yet, stop in and Salah will give you a sample of the Montreal smoked meat. I gave full marks everywhere except for the ambiance, which is great at the moment, but will be improved much over time. Give the owner your feedback; he listens well.