*Cart is now closed*
As Vancouver's street food experiment enters its second year, there has been the good, bad and the ugly. I think this has to do with the randomness of issuing permits the first time. Apparently, the second round was a bit more comprehensive. I guess we won't know the results until the new carts start appearing on a Downtown corner near you (or not near you, since many do not live or do business in Downtown). One of the newest carts it one offered up by La Brasserie. For those who are unfamiliar, La Brasserie is a popular bistro on Davie which serves up Alsatian cuisine. Simply tagged as La Brasserie Street, there is only one item available. And that one item is the Brass Chicken Sandwich. It is beer-brined rotisserie chicken with gravy and crispy fried onions on a buttermilk bun.
Seeing how there is only one item on the menu, it's easy to guess what I had... The first thing anyone will notice about the sandwich is the plethora of aesthetically-pleasing fried onions. So much so, it somewhat hides the chicken and gravy. But with one bite, the gravy really makes its presence known by slowing dripping down your fingers and hand. For me, I love this, the messier the better. For others, I can see this as a potentially disastrous affair with work attire. Then again, the sandwich comes with a really substantial bag which keeps everything where it should be. As the visuals suggest, the most noticeable ingredient is the fried onions. Texturally, they provide a light crunch and plenty of oniony sweetness. The chicken is merely a bystander for the rich gravy and onions. The buttermilk bun was an easy chew while still holding up to the moisture. All-in-all, a solid sandwich. A fine addition to the street food scene in Vancouver.
- Does one thing and does it well
- Fair pricing (considering the nearby competition - Re-Up and Lully's)
- Great location
- The chicken gets a bit lost (but then again, that might be the idea)
- Gets messy, but the wrapper is sufficient in keeping it in