Nelson the Seagull

November 15th, 2011

Location: 315 Carrall Street, Vancouver, BC  View Google Map
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I first heard about Nelson the Seagull, the cavernous Gastown café, from an out of town guest who had been taken there for brunch by a friend who lived in the neighbourhood. Put off that this Torontonian had somehow managed to visit a spot in Vancouver that I hadn’t heard of, I decided to rectify the situation immediately and check it out myself. I visited this open-concept, inviting space on a rainy Saturday afternoon and found it packed with revelers enthusiastically drinking coffee to fend off that morning’s hangover while furiously typing on laptops. Nelson the Seagull takes the notion of an open-concept kitchen to an entirely new level; there is literally nothing that separates the dining area from where the food is prepared, a space that seems more reminiscent of a studio or workshop than a kitchen. The hipster aesthetic, with vintage furnishings and the requisite turntable and road bikes adorning the wall, is pretty much what I have come to expect from this neighbourhood. I ordered the herbivore – two giant slabs of homemade bread slathered with pesto and avocado on one and hummus and artichoke on the other. The food is not gourmet, more like a delicious homemade platter thrown together by a friend on a lazy weekend afternoon. The in-house baked bread is really where Nelson the Seagull shines and worth the trip alone. I’ll definitely be back the next time I’m in the area for a strong cup of coffee and a satisfying open face sandwich. (SR)

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