YASI'S PLACE (299 Wallace Ave.)
THE OLD-BOY NETWORK: Chris & Tomas
ALL-DAY BREAKFAST: YES (full brunch menu: sat & sun, 10am-3pm)
COFFEE/ESPRESSO BAR: NO
COFFEE INCLUDED: YES (free trade/weekdays before 11am)
FREE REFILLS: YES
HP SAUCE: NO (amazing homemade hot sauce though)
This was my second trip to the infamous Yasi's Place, a neighboorhood hotspot & urban hippy commune cleverly disguised as a quasi-health conscious diner. Unless you know where Yasi's is, or know a guy who knows a guy, the likelyhood is you won't be stumbling upon this Wallace Emerson gem. That considered, the place is always packed which definately means their doing something right.
ALL DAY BREAKFAST:
2 free range eggs
bacon or tempeh sausage ($2)
THE FOOD: Hippy fare at it's finest, plain and simple. The kicker is Yasi's homefries, curryrific and spiced like none other. The free range eggs and the bacon are pretty standard. The toast is as whole grain as it gets and the tempeh sausage, although not my preference, is a nice alternative and guaranteed to satisfy your inner herbivore.
THE PRICE: A breakfast for two at Yasi's costs roughly the weekly expentiture of an Ecuadorian family of nine, yet, to an extent, it can be justified. Their eggs are free range, their coffee's free trade and their food is just plain tasty. Not the best deal around, but worth it if you've got the flow.
THE SERVICE: The service, pit hair and all is nothing to complain about. There is more often than not, more people working than patrons being served, meaning the service is quick as a brown fox jumping over a lazy dog and more than courteous.
THE AMBIANCE: The place appears to be an ooold corner store converted into a diner. It's mix-matched and chock full of character, from the circa 70's furniture to the original art displayed on all the walls. The patio alike is a mish mash of random furniture, seemingly thrown together without thought, yet comfortable and homey. Very interesting place with more than enough to look at while you wait for your food.
Yasi's, although out of the way for most, is a hidden gem in a not so visited area. If you're in the Wallace Emerson area and want to bump into some OCAD folk, are looking for some damn good eats, or just want to relax and plant some herbs in the community garden, head to the corner of Wallace and Campbell (one block east of Symmington), you won't be disappointed.