Delicious things come from the fusion of cultures at The Bro’Kin Yolk, located in the northwest community of Evanston in Calgary. Brothers Gilbert and Jeffrey Carlos own and operate the brunch spot, bringing together Filipino dishes with Western brunch standards. The restaurant is named for its central components: brothers, kin and eggs.
A Kin Thing
The eatery has had customers queuing up since the day it opened in August of 2015, and was also featured on The Food Network's hit program You Gotta Eat Here in its first year of business. The food is locally grown and so fresh that the restaurant doesn’t own a freezer.
Kin is at the heart of everything at The Bro'Kin Yolk. Gilbert says the staff, local suppliers and customers are all part of the family. "We kind of want to feel like you're entering our kitchen, where you can be one of us and be part of our family," he says.
Jeffrey works in the kitchen and is the man behind The Bro'Kin Yolk’s unique flavours. He started as a dishwasher in the restaurant industry and worked his way up, eventually training to become a chef. Gilbert managed pubs around the city for years, and in 2015 the duo decided to open their own eatery.
The brothers' mom is also often at the restaurant. It’s easy to see her love of food has been imparted to her sons, who grew up around the kitchen table. This family passion for food makes its way into The Bro'Kin Yolk dishes, whose adventurous flavour combinations are heavenly. Entrees include Spanish chorizo bowls, an eggs Benedict selection and the short rib hash, which recalls the home-cooked Filipino breakfasts Gilbert and Jeffrey enjoyed as children.
"People love how different and unique our menu is,” says Gilbert. "Everyone leaves full."
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