Breakfast, it’s the most important meal of the day and when made well, I will argue that it is also one of the tastiest. That’s why it is always a good idea to have a few decent, local breakfast joints in your repertoire for when you don’t feel like cooking up a storm first thing in the morning. Dairy Lane Cafe had been on my radar for awhile but after a not-so-stellar experience at their sister-restaurant, Blue Star Diner, I held off for as long as possible. However, the moment arrived and I was finally ready to visit Dairy Lane, crossing my fingers that they would redeem themselves, and thankfully, they did.
I went for the vegan scramble breakfast plate because who doesn’t like red Thai coconut curry tofu for breakfast? Well, I am sure plenty of people, but I have no idea why. This is going to sound like the strangest description but the Asian tofu mixed with some very Italian ingredients like sundried tomatoes, bell peppers and mushrooms reminded me of some crazy curry/caponata mash-up. Add some creamy avocado into the mix and I am not quite sure where we stand culturally, although the flavours were definitely cohesive. I know, I even surprised myself opting for savoury over sweet to start my day. How I stayed away from the cinnamon cream cheese stuffed french toast, I am still not sure.
My dining partner and Mealshare aficionado, Bre did the right thing and ordered the Mealshare feature. I was debating getting it too but I thought it would be weird if we went for samsies. Anyways, let’s talk about falafel hash for a second. Why aren’t more people replacing potatoes with falafel in their hash recipes? I’m serious, it is so much more flavourful because the falafel are already loaded with herbs and spices. Top it all off with vegetables and a couple poached eggs and it’s almost like a deconstructed falafel wrap on steroids. Plus, if I haven’t already hammered the point home enough, $1 from every Mealshare item ordered (from any participating restaurant) gets donated to feed one hungry person in need. Thus you can make your tummy and your conscience happy all at the same time.
Next time I go back to Dairy Lane I will have to try some of their other veg options; veggie burgers (yes, that’s plural), black bean and corn soup or perhaps whatever other Mealshare item that happens to be on feature. Cold drinks on the patio on a hot summer day don’t sound like a bad idea either. It’s a super quaint little joint but if you can manage to get a table (there are only about 20 seats inside the place), it is definitely worth checking out. I’m glad I finally mustered up the courage to go!