Last month I wrote about the Palm Tree Restaurant, located on Ellice by Sherbrook in the old Rasoi location. In the post I commented on how I had never been to Rasoi. Today I’m writing about Nick’s on Broadway. Nick’s is also located on the site of a former restaurant. In this case the late, and in my view, not particularly lamented, selFISH Sushi.
The first time I walked into Nick’s I could tell that much of the decor was basically the same as it had been as selFISH sushi. There are several stand alone tables and a couple of tables affixed to the wall. The most noticeable difference was the absence of the front counter cooler where the pre-made sushi was kept. The menu appears on two chalkboards just to the left of the counter.
Nick’s offers breakfast from 8 am to 11 am, and lunch from 11 am to 3:30 pm. I was thinking breakfast the first time I went in, but having not kept track of the time, I had arrived during lunch service. I decided that first lunch I would just have a sandwich and went for the Hot Pastrami on Rye. I wasn’t blown away by it. There wasn’t a whole lot of filling. A couple of places where you got only bread and no filling. They go with City Rye Bread, and I think it would be better with either KUB or Natural. The sandwich comes with bread and butter pickles and Coleslaw. I don’t know if I received something from the bottom of the bucket, but even leaning over the dish to eat, I still dripped the dressing all over myself. It’s a good Coleslaw, but they might want to work on draining it a little better. Looking at a couple of the other sandwiches, they seem to have more filling in them.
My next visit was at breakfast time and I had the Broadway Bowl along with coffee. The Broadway Bowl came with bacon (nice and crispy), scrambled eggs, cheese and salt potatoes. The salt potatoes are the highlight of the dish. It’s like a boiled potato that’s been seasoned like a potato chip. The coffee was of average quality, but was only $2.00 for a 12oz serving.
Sides, Sides, Sides:
In addition to breakfast and sandwiches, Nick’s offers several sides. On my first trip through I hadn’t ordered any sides, and so I wondered if Nick’s like some of the food trucks, was the kind of place where to get your best value you needed to order a side as well as your sandwich.
With that in mind, on my third trip through I ordered three sides. I had a small soup, a small salad and an order of brittle. I ordered the small size of each, and they made a quite nice lunch when added together. The mushroom soup was very good. I was really pleased that there were many slices of mushrooms floating in the broth. I had the beet salad, and it too was very tasty. There were several slices of beets, a good portion of goats cheese along with the greens, some seeds, a dollop of crème fraiche, and a strong but not overpowering vinaigrette.
The brittle which was a combination of seeds, as opposed to your standard peanuts or other nuts was also excellent. It was nicely crunchy with good caramelization. At the same time it managed to do this without being hard to bite into, or getting stuck between your teeth. It’s a toss-up between this and the mushroom soup as to which was my favourite item.
I did find my sandwich underwhelming. Other than that however, I was pleased with all the other items I tried on the menu. I was pleased with the service, as my orders were all taken and prepared in relatively short time. Nick’s has only been open a little while and I’m sure is still finding it’s feet a little. However, this place has the look of a restaurant that has a long-term future on Broadway. It’s a good place to warm up in during winter. During summer it might be a good place to duck into when the food trucks lines are really long. If you are in the Broadway and Smith area, take the time and drop in to Nick’s.