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.
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.
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.