My quest to taste my way through Vancouver’s ever expanding array of street food options continues – this time at La Brasserie Street.
Located at the corner of West Georgia and Granville Street, La Brasserie Street is the downtown street food incarnation of the 35-seat Franco-German restaurant of the same name. It’s a great idea really – higher end restaurants offering a taste of their menus for an affordable price. If people like the street food, chances are they will seek out the restaurant to see what else they have.
La Brasserie Street has an adorable little food cart (I would not want to be working in that little space all day). No need for a large food truck when you have a menu like this:
You read that right, there is only one item on their menu! Makes it really easy to decide what to have for lunch.
The Brass Chicken Sandwich – beer brined rotisserie chicken in gravy on a buttermilk bun, topped with crispy onions.
Aside from the ingredients listed on the menu, they also have two different mustards you can add to your sandwich – a grainy mustard and what I assume was a dijon mustard. I added a little grainy mustard to part of my sandwich, and quickly found a bench to sit on, because I knew this was going to be one messy eat.
My dining partners (I didn’t share with them, but they didn’t share with me, so it’s only fair):
If you are going to have a food truck and only serve one item, then you had better do that one item really well. And I would give them two thumbs up.
The bun was dense enough to stand up to all that delicious filling, but not too much for the sandwich. The chicken was tender, juicy, and flavourful, with a delicious gravy. And much to my delight, they do not skimp those crispy fried onions – totally makes the sandwich. I actually enjoyed the parts without the mustard better than with. I didn’t like how the acidity of the mustard cut the rich gravy flavour.
My only beef (er, should I say chicken?) with the sandwich is that it’s a bit on the salty side. I didn’t order a drink with my sandwich, and by the time I was done, I could feel how dry my lips felt from the salty food. Not a deal breaker by any means, but if you are salt sensitive, it’s something to consider.
The line ups for the truck were never very long, but there was a steady flow of people stopping in to get their sandwich fix, so they must be doing something right. I should also note – they do serve a butter tart as well, which they claim is the “world’s best”. I thought about getting one to take with me, but figured I would save that for another day. I do love me a good butter tart, so I’ll be back to check out their claims.
La Brasserie Street makes deciding on lunch simple – if you have a hankering for a sandwich, check them out. Good value, great taste. Just take a bottle of water with you, or splurge on the sandwich/drink combo ;)
Stay tuned for my next Vancouver Street Eats adventure – I’m heading out on a food truck tour tomorrow with my foodie friend Jill. We have 8 trucks planned! I can only imagine the food baby I’ll be coming home with tomorrow ;)