Nemesis Coffee: Beautiful Avocado Toast
Okay, seriously… when did avocado toast become a thing? If you look on social media a few years ago, you couldn’t scroll far down your feed without seeing someone post about their avocado toast. And while no longer at the height of popularity, it’s still common enough to see people posting pics of their favourite gram worthy dish.
But avocado toast has actually been around for a long while. In San Francisco, people have been enjoying avocado on toast since at least 1885. It wasn’t until Gwyneth Paltrow included it in her 2013 cookbook, however, that it really took off among the hipsters and millennials .
Nemesis Coffee has been on my radar for a while as one of the prettiest avocado toasts in the city. Now, I’m not just in it for the looks… I do really enjoy avocado and toast on their own… throw on a soft boiled egg in the mix and I’m in heaven. Located next to Victory Square on East Hastings, Nemesis is one of the many shops taking up roots in the gentrifying downtown east side.
On this visit, I ordered a Pistachio Cream Kouign-Amann ($4.25) which is a type of round, crusty cake that has layers of butter and sugar folded in. The butter puffs up the dough while the sugar caramelizes leaving a soft interior while the exterior becomes dense, chewy, slightly sweet, and crisp. The pistachio cream on the top forms a bit of a crumble-like topping.
While I’m not much of a coffee drinker, I decided to order a Latte ($4.50). This is pretty much the least-coffee tasting “coffee” drink that you can order. As for my main, I went with the Avocado Toast with Poached Egg ($10 + $2) – as if there was any doubt to what I was going to order.
They smash up their avocado and pair it with ricotta cheese, cilantro and maple syrup. Isn’t this just a thing of beauty? A perfectly poached egg with a runny yolk that spills onto the plate – what more can you ask for? The toast had a substantial crust that was difficult to cut through and gave you a satisfying crunch when you bit into it. It’s actually quite a large slice of toast and soaked up all of that delicious yolk.
It was fairly busy here when I visited in the morning but service was friendly. They’ll give you a number for your order and deliver it to you and they’ll clear away your dishes after you’re done. If I lived or worked closer to Nemesis, I’d be sure to spend a lot more time here.
302 West Hastings Street
Posted on June 22, 2018, in Bakery, Breakfast, Desserts, Restaurant Review and tagged Avocado Toast, Bakery, Desserts, Food, Gastown, Kouign-Amann, Latte, Latte Art, restaurant review, Vancouver. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.