We were making our way to Victoria and decided to stop in Parksville for lunch. A Google search yielded this cafe and its name peaked our interested enough to stop.
We visited during peak and found ourselves waiting for a table. The entirety of the smaller restaurant was seated, so we grabbed ourselves a seat outside the entrance, facing the car park.
There, we enjoyed “Fire roasted tomato soup” with creme fraiche, basil, cracked black pepper and extra virgin olive oil. It was a runnier soup, where we wanted it creamy, something richer to dip its grilled cheese side into. But this was a vegan soup, and you could tell it was, with its lack of cream and over compensating herbaceous-ness.
Similarly, the “Little quailicum grilled cheese” was missing something. It was rich with the amount of cheese layered. Herb and garlic fromage blanc, white cheddar, raclette, truffle honey. It looked lumpy and dense piled high between two toasted pieces of bread, but was balanced out by the honey used as a spread. Tasty, but not gooey and comforting like you want a classic grilled cheese to be. Here, you would normally just dunk the sandwich into the soup, but they didn’t necessarily compliment each other.
The “Spicy tuna” burger had a ticking clock on it. The diced raw ahi tuna was coated in a spicy mayo and its juices began to pool; running over the lettuce, tomato, pickles, and bun. I wanted it a thicker cream to season and add tang, something more to cover the odd combination of tuna and pickle and bring it all together, more like a tuna fish sandwich.
Our favourite was the “Fried chicken breast burger” with lettuce, tomato, buttermilk ranch, and pickle on a toasted bun. The chicken was crunchy, juicy, and prepared to perfection. I just could have used more dressing in the burger or simply just enjoyed the chicken by itself.
The sides of homemade chips are also worth highlighting. They were thick with a great crunch and fun to eat. You just needed to scraped off the additional seasoning off first. Too much thyme and far too much salt otherwise.
Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – No.
Would I recommend it? – Yes.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – Yes.
I didn’t get much time to explore Princeton, but based on my meal here, I would love to. This was solid home cooking done is a friendly setting. Don’t deny your cravings.
BREAD & HONEY
162 Harrison Avenue, Parksville BC, V9P 1K7