The Tipper is another one of those restaurants that prides itself on being a part of their local community. They walk the talk by not only exhibiting local artists, but they also feature local acoustic music nights.
I was out enjoying a sunny Sunday morning with some friends and what do you know, the topic of Brunch came up. The Tipper was between where we were and where they lived so off we went to check out this long-standing pillar of the neighbourhood on Kingsway near Victoria.
The top three points of brunch interest are always food, coffee and service. It was a unanimous decision at the table as to what stood out and that was the service. It might be some of the best I’ve had in ages. All the staff were attentive with refills, but that’s not the best part. Wait for it… they all had a sense of humour and aren’t afraid to show it. They were never intrusive, never sickly sweet and or kind. They were genuine and fun. I’d go back just for the service.
The food was, I hate to say it, average. One of the Buddies had the Simple Free Run Eggs served with toast, breakfast potatoes and bacon while the other had The Grilled Sourdough BLT with basil butter, bacon, spring mix, tomato, chipotle mayo and breakfast potatoes. I think the BLT was the best plate at the table. The sandwich was loaded with crispy bacon and it was so filling that my friend took half home. The Simple Egg breakfast was just what a basic breakfast should be. It was good, but not great.
I had the Sambal Scramble, and I have to admit, I expected more. The dish is described as Spicy Sambal Oelek scrambled eggs served with toast and breakfast potatoes. The amount of sambal was perfect if you want flavour without too much heat, but the eggs were over scrambled. I had hoped for something fluffier.
We were told the potatoes were sliced and pan-fried but we all agreed they tasted deep fried. That would have been disappointing except for the fact that they were quite good. I liked that they were sliced and not chunked and there was not a single drizzle of grease on any of the plates. All in all, not what was expected, but still satisfying and tasty.
The weakest part of the meal was the coffee because it was actually weak. If my previous evening had been a late one, I would have wanted something with some zip to it, but I’d just come from the park so it wasn’t as egregious as it might have been. If I had one recommendation for the Tipper it would be, put some more coffee in the coffee!
Would I go back to The Tipper? Absolutely. I want to try some of their lunch and dinner items, but most of all, I want to support a business that clearly supports local creatives. The extensive drink specials and friendly service would make for a great evening out.
Movie Recommendation: The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming (1966) is one of those crazy ensemble comedies of the Cold War Era directed by Canadian Norman Jewison. The background music just happens to be that World War I classic; It’s a Long Way to Tipperary.
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