The Storm Crow Tavern is the first and original Storm Crow concept and not to be confused with the Storm Crow Alehouse, which the Brunch Blog Boss has already blogged about. While the Alehouse is what every beer- and burger-loving nerd would love for a rec room, the Tavern is where you feel you should call for a flagon of ale for all your troll-loving, blaster-wielding and sonic screwdriver-sporting friends. It’s also a great place to take a break from building the Ark in your backyard and relax over a long breakfast with friends.
That’s exactly what I did one Sunday. Four of us met for a sit-down catch-up in a relaxed atmosphere surrounding by all the posters and collectibles that our nerdish hearts could hope for.
Let me start out by saying, coffee came fast and the service was authentically friendly. Our server had a dry sense of humour and I was happy to see her judiciously exercise it.
Clearly my Brunch Buddies were not feeling particularly adventuresome this day. All three of them ordered some variation of the Storm Crow Breakfast; two eggs any style (except basted! no basting!) with garlic butter hash browns and toast. You can add sausage, bacon or chorizo for an extra charge.
I was the last to order and struggled to make a choice. Come on, how can someone decide between dishes with names like Hash of Legolas, Han’s Hangover Helper Poutine, and Scramblenado? After great consideration, I chose Eggs Deadpool; two poached eggs on an English muffin with chorizo, avocado, and Hollandaise sauce, served with fruit and garlic hash browns.
My three companions received a basic breakfast properly cooked, which is exactly what they wanted. The potatoes are chunky but not fried which is a nice change from the ever present deep-fried hash browns that are the default breakfast potato in town.
I enjoyed my Eggs Deadpool. I better had or the hollandaise might have jumped off the plate, called me something nasty and slapped me for my insult. The eggs were cooked medium (I wasn’t asked how I like them), there was a decent amount of avocado and the chorizo was dry and not greasy (which can sometimes happen). The hollandaise was a little bland, no hint of lemon, and in my opinion, sorely lacking salt. But when I ate it as part of a forkful of benny and chorizo the seasoning balanced out. The chorizo on its own was actually quite salty. It’s one of those dishes where you definitely have to eat all the ingredients combined. Do that and you’ll enjoy your Eggs Deadpool.
I loved the atmosphere and service at the Storm Crow Tavern. It’s the kind of neighbourhood hangout I’d come to for brunch, lunch or a flagon of ale. After a hard week smiting dragons, you might want to drop in and do so, as well.
Movie recommendation: The NeverEnding Story (1984), dragons, fairy tale lands and a memorable song by Limahl. Catch it before Hollywood ruins it with yet another unnecessary remake.
1305 Commercial Drive
Brunch served 11 am — 2 pm, Saturday & Sunday