2296 East Hastings Street, Vancouver (map)
Even since I joined this food blogosphere, I have met some great people. Because of our love for food, we often gather together to try new restaurant. So when TS of EatingClubVancouver suggested we should do another gathering, I was more than happy. The question is where should we go? There was no better person to ask for recommendation than Sherman, since he had probably eaten at half the restaurants in Vancouver. In the end, we went with Red Wagon because we wanted to do brunch.
The Red Wagon was easy enough to find with its big white block letters on a red background. The restaurant doesn't really stand out in anyway, but there was a line up when we got there at 11:30am, which was a good sign. We were told the wait would be 20 minutes. While we were waiting, I though the decor and setting looked more like pho restaurant. Does anyone know what use to be here?R ordered the Pull Pork Benny ($10). This was great, the soft poached egg was at the perfect consistency, and the hollandaise sauce was buttery and smooth. The pull pork meat was tender and flavorful. The home fries were average, they could be crispier.
I got the crisp pork belly($10.95) that came with 2 eggs any style, grill tomato, home fries and toast. Even before I dug into the pork belly, I thought it looked dry, and I was right, it was more like smoked meat. Although the skin was crispy, but the rest was just too tough to chew. Also this was suppose to be pork belly, but where is the fatty part. On top of it, it was rather salty. Despite the mishap with the pork belly, I still loved the egg. It was at the perfect consistency for easy over. The whole wheat toasts were great and came already buttered, they also give me a side of jam for them.
JS ordered The Reuben ($9.50): a homemade corn beef on rye bread with a side of chips . I didn't get to try this, but I didn't hear any complaints against it either. Remember at the beginning how I speculated that this could have been a pho restaurant, well the plate just proves it even more. :DLastly was TS's Pull Pork Pancakes with Jack Daniel Syrup ($12). Once again I didn't try this, but I am pretty sure this was not disappointing, consider the amount of people who ordered this. In fact, the people who occupied this table before us all ordered this, talk about lack of varieties, but I guess that shows how good it is.
The food here was solid, and the service was great. Prices are definitely in the acceptable range for the portion and quality. However there isn't any ambiance per se (unlike Cafe Medina), but it does have that typical neighborhood diner feel. Anyways, they don't take reservation, so make sure you go early.