Okay, let's get this out of the way first. Jane's is a dive. Upon entering the place, we were greeted with wood paneling, red vinyl booths and an array of mismatched chairs with duct tape on them. Ah yes, my youth, circa 1970's - 1980's. However, don't let the retro decor scare you, there is something more to this. Jane's is a Chinese-Canadian food restaurant. That designation alone would send most people running for the hills, since this type of restaurant (especially in the GVRD) is slowly becoming extinct.
Well, I'm not here to talk about the quasi-Chinese food at Jane's. In fact, Viv and I were not impressed with the fried noodles that the next table ordered. We came to Jane's to have their $3.50 breakfast. Similar to other cheap breakfast places such as Bon's Off Broadway and Joe's Grill, the breakfast is cheap, but never to be confused with other places such as White Spot, IHOP and Denny's. However, some people might even argue that the breakfasts at the aforementioned places are not very good.
Anyways, what does $3.50 get you at Janes? Well, you get 2 eggs, a choice of 3 bacon strips, 3 sausages or a ham steak, with home fried potatoes and toast. Honestly, that's a lot of food for $3.50. For the kiddies, we ordered the 2 pancakes with scrambled eggs and a ham steak ($5.95). Of course for $3.50, there will be some trade offs. First, although the pancakes were extremely large, they were rubbery. Second, the scrambled eggs were not really scrambled, they were more like fried scrambled eggs (a la Hong Kong cafe-style). But really... for $3.50, I ain't gonna care! The service is quite friendly and efficient. Looks like a family-run operation. To sum it up, despite the 1970's retro decor (it's probably the same decor from then) and the issues with some food items, in the words of Snake, "When you can pay for a meal with loose change, that's a plus."
- Cheap breakfast
- Ample portions
- Friendly staff
- It's a dive
- Not sure about the Chinese-Canadian food
4217 Hastings Street
9:00am - 9:30pm (7 days a week)