Jam Cafe Review
Jam Café is a hip brunch spot in Victoria serving all-day breakfasts.
Mr. H and I visited Jam Café at around 11am on Sunday for brunch and sure enough, there was a line-up. But our lucky stars were shining that day! It turned out we were the only ones waiting for a table for 2 so we were happily brought in after a few minutes. (Note to self: sometimes, ditching your friends is warranted.) But if you don’t ditch your friends, know that they automatically do subtotals on the bill for each diner which saves you from asking for a split bill.
The place is very lively and well decorated, with a casual feel to it perfect for brunch. Service was prompt and friendly and the food came quickly. Given how busy it is, at least around this time on a weekend anyway, it’s not a place you would want to sit for hours.
They have their own bottles of ketchup and hot sauce on every table. They’re kind of like Heinz and Frank’s and nothing spectacular.
Coffee $2.5 – 2.5/5
Much like coffee you would expect at most brunch spots, nothing to write home about, but no issue with it either.
Pulled Pork Pancakes ($13.95) – 5/5
A 2 stack layered with pulled pork with a maple BBQ glaze and topped with jalapeno sour cream.
These pulled pork pancakes were the bomb! Seriously! It might very well be my most memorable dish in this Victoria trip.
The pancakes were fluffy, soft and sweet without being overly sweet. There was pulled pork sandwiched in between the two pancakes and also some on top of the pancakes so with every bite; there is a perfect amount of sweet and savory flavors. On the very top is some pickled cabbage which gave some contrast in texture and its acidity also balance the heaviness of the dish. The pulled pork can be a tad dry if you eat it straight up, but if you eat it as it is meant to be eaten (along with the pancakes), the moisture from the pancakes compensates for it. After all, if the pulled pork slathered in sauce, it would turn the pancakes into mush.
What really wowed me was their choice of pink peppercorns on top of the pancakes. It was brilliant and is what made the dish a 5/5 for me. Whenever a pink peppercorn snuck into the forkful of goodness, a beautiful perfume unleashed in my mouth. It acted like a palate cleanser and was a pleasant surprise every time I tasted it, even when I expected it! It was simply addicting.
Huevos Racheros ($12.95) – 4.5/5
Tortillas topped with tomatillo salsa, basted eggs, smoked chorizo, black beans, jalapeno sour cream, guacamole and corn cakes.
Every component was done well here and when you have a combination of these ingredients, it’s pretty much a winning dish by default. The two tortillas were perfectly fried and crunchy. The rest of the ingredients were creamy, savory, flavorful…pure yumminess. The corn cakes that it came with were moist and good. As with as lot of Mexican food, it is very hearty and filling.
Matchstick Fries ($6) – 3/5
The fries are very thin and crispy. They were aggressively salted and harden a little when they cool off.
Dum Dums to send us on our way! It was cherry and a mystery flavour…(drum roll)….also cherry!