Restaurant: Paul’s Place Omelettery
Last visited: March 14, 2010
Location: Vancouver, BC (Fairview/South Granville)
Address: 2211 Granville Street
Price Range: Price Range: $10-20
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!
Food: 4 (based on 3 items)
- Breakfast all-day
- Breakfast/Lunch only
- Looks nicer insider than outside
- Popular to locals
- Famous for omelettes
- + $.75 for egg whites
- Busy/line-ups for brunch
- Free refills on coffee
- Cocktails available
- Burgers/Sandwiches for lunch options
- Washrooms are not wheelchair accessible (upstairs)
- Meter parking
- Open daily 7am-3pm
Recommendations: Da Vinci Omelette (also haven’t tried enough)
I’ve heard so many hit and miss stories about Paul’s Place Omelettery that I finally made the effort to check it out myself. It’s undeniable that it’s a local favourite and that it’s packed and busy with line-ups out the door for Sunday brunch. I’d wait 15min, but not more than that… that’s how good it is. So good enough to wait a bit, but not that long, if that make sense?
I found if you know what to expect it will help make your decision and settle whatever differences people may have over it. These are not your fluffy and hearty omelettes – so if you like those you’re at the wrong place. These omelettes are almost traditional French omelettes, a bit more sophisticated in style and execution. They’re delicate and almost crepe like with lots of filling. It’s reasonably priced, especially for the area, but the portions are also quite small. It also totally depends on what you order. The server was a vegetarian so it as hard to get a recommendation. I want to go back to make a bigger dent in the menu, but it’s not urgent.
Paul’s Place Omelettery is most famous for their omelettes which are made with 3 eggs, cheddar, edam and cream cheese unless specified otherwise. (You’re pretty much paying for the stuffing/cheese because the omelette is pretty small… they must use 3 mini eggs)
Added note: Apparently food and service was better with original owner Paul. I can’t add to that because I don’t know as this was my first visit.
On the table:
- Wild game chorizo sausage, mushroom, tomato, spinach & Feta only $9.95
- Includes buttered multi-grain toast, our signature jam and fruit. Add pan fries $1.50.
- This is the most popular omelette.
- It really bothers me that it was $1.50 for pan fries. I think it should come standard on any breakfast plate.
- My friend got it with egg whites, but if you don’t have to… don’t.
- The omelettes are made with real eggs but they’re really thin and delicate almost like egg crepes without the flour.
- I think they add a lot of cream/milk to them so they’re really thin and pliable. The best part is that they’re perfectly cooked and tender.
- The ingredients aren’t mixed into the egg but the egg is folded around it like a crepe.
- It savoury, spicy and juicy with the sautéed veggies.
- It’s packed with a fair amount of ingredients and a decent amount of Feta that gave a creamy salty bite to the whole omelette.
- The wild game sausage isn’t gamey so I liked it. I’m very sensitive to this flavour too. It’s nice and spicy, but also store bought, but I still liked it.
- The jam I thought was a slightly better store-bought brand of jam. I honestly wouldn’t have been able to tell it was “signature” until re-reading it now… it didn’t taste homemade at all.
- They serve it with 2 different hot sauces.
- The one in the squirt bottle is similar to a pureed salsa. It’s not exactly chunky, but there are some finely pureed tomatoes. It’s very tangy and the kick is totally afterwards.
- The one in the vinegar is almost like a Frank’s hot sauce.
- Smoked salmon, shrimp, asparagus, onion & Brie only. (The seafood is served cold) $10.50
- It was one of those it’s good until I have someone else’s and then mine isn’t that good anymore.
- Single Pancake (Side) $1.95
- I ordered a single pancake because I like trying pancakes… although nothing will beat the biggest pancake ever I had in LA or the lemon ricotta blueberry pancakes in Kelowna.
- This was actually a pretty big pancake so I was happy. It was sitting for a while but they were really busy so I think it could have tasted better.
- The pancakes here are almost like cupcakes, but not as sweet.
- I think they use cake flour and they might even use some vanilla extract or a little bit of sugar because they have a cake flavour to them.
- It looked good and tasted good but the texture wasn’t soft and fluffy. It was slightly rubbery and that’s because it was overcooked.
- They have the potential to be really good, but they just need to be fresh and eaten right away.
- I had to saw through it…mind you it was a butter knife…but pancakes shouldn’t require steak knives… or even any knife.