Since starting to work in downtown, I’ve packed most of my lunches and ate out only when I’m too tired, run out of salad ingredients, or there is a company lunch planned. I eat at Bay Sushi when I do eat out for dinner and the times when I forget to bring lunch, but I’ve decided to start getting into the food truck scene. There are so many near my office and the weather has been fantastic – I have to take advantage of this while it lasts!
Q didn’t have work today so we decided to have her come down and grab lunch. I was craving a sandwich from Yolk’s ever since I came across them on Yelp (Q: I read about them from Foodology, you can check out their reviews here); their gooey poached eggs had me salivating for a good week!
We walked down to Stadium station and located the bright blue truck right away!
When we got there, we had unfortunately just arrived after a large family ordered practically everything on their menu. We had to wait a while to both order and get our food! (Q: I think it is the family of the owner. He cooked everything and brings it out to them personally with a side of kisses and hugs. BUT C’MON! THINK CUSTOMERS! That family literally ordered everything from the menu.)
The Duck Confit special sandwich had me really interested, but I’ve had a good amount of duck from Fat Duck Truck recently, so I opted for their classic sandwich. I ordered the panko-tempura avocado with single poached egg and hollandaise sauce on an english muffin and with additional smoked bacon. Queenie had the same but without the smoked bacon (Q: Well, C copied me! I picked first!). We also got the truffle-lemon hashbrown skewer as per Yelp reviewers!
My very wordy order arrived after a good 30 minutes (thanks, family that ordered practically everything on the menu…) and I was really excited to dig in. It looked fantastic! (Q: I was more and more irritable as I wait. 30 min out in the sun baking isn’t good. And ever heard of hanger? Look it up. I was there.)
The egg was poached perfectly, resulting in an explosion of runny yolk the moment I took my first bite. (Q: I watched it exploring all over and dripping over his chin…GROSS!) Double smoked bacon was good, really crispy and had a decent smoky flavour. I couldn’t really taste the panko-tempura avocados (Q: a little salt would help make it pops), nor could I really make out the hollandaise sauce (Q: ditto on that. There is no richness, sweetness or anything really from the hollandaise sauce) – the yolk and english muffin kind of over powered everything. It’s really unfortunate because the combination sounds like such a winner!
Make sure you grab a lot of tissue and aim that first bite away from your white dress shirt! It can definitely make quite a mess (in a good way if you don’t get any on yourself!). (Q: Or you can be smart like me, just a light bite into the yolk and let it run on the container :] )
You can see the tempura avocado here much more clearly. It looks fantastic and has a crispiness to them, but the avocados are so creamy that you can’t really taste it within the batter.
I enjoyed the potato skewers quite a bit! They weren’t really hashbrowns though, more like giant chunks of roasted potatoes (Q: ROASTED?! THEY ARE FRIED HONEY! THE PROPER WAY TO DO IT! ). The truffle, lemon and (I think) sea salt seasonings all blended really well for these potatoes, although it was a bit heavy on the salt (Q: I LOVE IT! The salt balances well with the lemon flavour! If you don’t order anything else, pls oder this skewer!).
Yolk’s was actually a bit of a disappointment because in addition to the long wait time, let down on food taste (perhaps they had to rush it, all the other orders were really behind because of the large amount of food ordered by the family before us), and the portions actually wasn’t enough. The sandwich was probably the size of a McDonald’s breakfast sandwich, and for some reason it just didn’t fill me up quite enough (Q: I was filled to the brim! I think I attacked the potato first, then water, then sandwich. The potato must’ve expanded with water. Chris ate the sandwich first then the potato). Strange, because I normally just have a large salad!
This resulted in me getting a pie from the Aussie Pie Guys!
Usually located on Hamilton street across the Post Office, we walked by them on our way back to my office. I decided to just get a pie to try them out since I already pigged out.
As luck would have it, their main pie, the Aussie Pie, was sold out and a batch wouldn’t be ready for another 20 minutes (Q: it sure smelt nice in the oven though!). The nice girls in the truck suggested the Shane Pie as an awesome alternative, so I settled for it.
The Shane Pie consists of tender free range beef short rib and vegetables. For $8, this pie was pretty tiny! It was probably only a tad larger than the egg sandwiches from Yolk’s (so slightly bigger than a McDonald’s breakfast sandwich).
Once I started biting into the pie though, I could see why people keep coming back! Their pies are delicious! Perfectly flaky and crisp on the outside, but soft and very pie-like on the inner layers. The beef was super tender and flavourful! (Q: I was too full. I only took a bite. I have to agree with C how delicious this pie tasted though! I love the buttery, flaky crust with the melt in your mouth beef!) I probably wouldn’t have one of these too often (pricey!), but this is definitely something I’ll have again.