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Let me start off by saying that while this review may not be glowing, it will not slam, nor be unkind.  I will describe my experience at Cafe Deux Soleils as unbiasedly as I can, and of course with a sense of humour.

After doing a 6am Bikram’s Yoga class this morning I strolled down The Drive, marveling at how little is open at 8 in the morning.  This didn’t matter, though, because I was headed to Cafe Deux Soleils (which I knew would be open) for their tasty tofu scramble I’d enjoyed several times before.

I arrived at their door at 8:19 to a sign that read “Not open till 8:30, Sorry”.  I peeked in and noticed a couple of employees behind the counter doing their thing, so I opened my book and waited.  At 8:27am I put my face up to the glass door and caught the eye of one of the staff.  She looked at her phone, then back at me, shrugged and mouthed, ‘Sorry’.  Yes, I rolled my eyes at this, but if they must be sticklers then they must.

Two minutes later, the same employee opened the door for me, without even making eye contact, while shoving the large stone door stop across the floor with her foot and slamming it into the door.  I went right up to the counter, ready to order with my money out.  The cook then had to alert the other staff member (that just let me in) of my presence.

Listen, I thought, I hate your job, too, and don’t work early mornings for this very reason!  You work in the SERVICE industry.  You are not allowed to be cranky!  Just because  you work on Commercial Drive, where there is a general complacency toward good service (other guilty establishments shall remain nameless for now) does not give you the right to be miserable in my presence.  I’m sorry if my eagerness to spend money at your business bothers you, but slap on a smile and do your job!

I then proceeded to ask if they put butter on the toast.  She informed me that no, it’s margarine.  I ask if it’s vegan, she doesn’t know, but thinks so.

Sigh.

I asked if she could check the container or ask the cook.  Perfect – it’s vegan.  I drop a lonely loonie into her tip jar and take a seat.  The meal comes rather quickly and is plunked down on my table.  I did not take a picture because it honestly wasn’t much to look at, but, as usual, it was tasty (aside from the short black hair in the hash browns, which I removed and turned a blind eye to, after deciding not to deal with that one).

I finished up, grabbed my things and departed with a faint ‘have a nice day” from the cook.

I’m not recommending that you don’t go to this restaurant. In fact, I’ll probably go back for their tofu scramble and the neat spoken word events they often hold.  Just take this as a warning to beware of the surly counter staff in the mornings 😉

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Tofu scrambles, if done correctly, are filling and delicious and rival any egg version for top spot at breakfast time, or any time!  I’ve found the key to full flavour is those crispy bits.  I cannot stress this enough-colour equals flavour!  This simple scramble can be whipped up in 20 minutes, makes 2-3 servings and the leftovers always taste great in a wrap later. Have fun with different herbs, spices and veggies 🙂

1 block firm tofu, crumbled

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 red pepper, diced

1 tablespoon soy sauce

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

2 tablespoons chives. chopped

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1/2 teaspoon chili flakes

Pinch of salt and pepper

Heat the oil in a larger pan at medium-high.  Toss in the onions and saute for 5 minutes, careful not to burn.  Crumble in the tofu and add the garlic, turmeric, and chili flakes.  Cook another 5 minutes.  Add the red pepper, soy sauce and nutritional yeast. Cook five more minutes or until nice and golden-ey crispy goodness is achieved.  Toss in the fresh herbs and salt and pepper and serve warm.

~The Vegan Project

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