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Kaplan's Star Deli - Meat, meat and more meat (Vancouver)

fmed Jun 29, 2008 07:00 PM

I thought I would take a break from my usual Asian dining and go for something a bit different (for me, anyway). My wife suggested "deli" and I immediately thought of Kaplan's.

Kaplan's isn't exactly "chowish" in price and ambiance. It is, however, definitely a one-stop shop for all the Jewish deli meat favorites. You can even get a sort of a sampler plate called the Triplet, where you can have three meats (corned beef, pastrami, and chopped liver) on mini challah buns. The Triplet is what I decided to order. My wife had a Montreal Smoked Meat (flown in once a week) sandwich which had a generous helping of meat. The sandwiches were filling and the coleslaw was excellent.

The prices are a little high ($9-$13 range) compared to an authentic deli like Schwartz's in Montreal where they charge about $5 for the same sandwich. Still...it hit the spot.

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    kwailan4 Jun 29, 2008 07:25 PM

    I stumbled across this place a couple of months back. I had the montreal smoked meat to go. It was so good I brought my wife there the next day!

    It was the first time I did not mind paying $9+ for a sandwich with almost no sides.

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    1. re: kwailan4
      grayelf Jun 30, 2008 11:19 AM

      I agree with the price analysis -- always makes me gulp a bit but the quality is very high. Another thing to try if you do want a side is their potato salad. It is my favourite potato salad ever -- just spuds, creamy mayo, I'm thinking some shredded carrot for crunch. No egg, celery, green pepper or onion. But lotsa comfort foody flavour. Not cheap but vvg IMO.

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      bigeaterjustin Jun 30, 2008 05:09 PM

      Kaplans generally speaking is a pretty lame excuse for deli in vancouver. Shwartzs however great it is has not been 5.00 for a long long long time.

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      1. re: bigeaterjustin
        fmed Jun 30, 2008 05:23 PM

        I agree that as a deli it is in-authentic (I alluded to that in my original post). The products are good, though, IMO.

        The previous incarnation of Kaplan's (ie the previous owners - the actual Kaplan family, was the real deal. I get the feeling, however, that the current owner (an transplanted American from Cleveland) sees this restaurant as a labour of love. As such - they do a pretty good job - albeit with high prices. My opinion, of course.

        On Schwartz's website, it claims that a smoked meat sandwich is currently $5.20. I haven't been in ages, so any current pricing information contrary to the website would be great.

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