Ploger is a cafe and deli in Kitsilano owned by a German family of the same name. The store is very unassuming and can easily be overlooked by passersby. The atmosphere is very casual and the place is just like a neighbourhood hangout where people come to read the newspaper or grab a quick bite or buy some food to take home.
This visit was actually prompted by two $8 deal vouchers. One of them was for 2 soups and 2 pieces of quiche. Unfortunately the only soup of the day was gazpacho and I was hoping for something warm and comforting. I'm not too much of a fan of cold soups, so I didn't really enjoy the gritty tomato juice. The fact that there were no diced veggies or other visible ingredients in there didn't help either.
I decided to try one of each flavour for the quiche. The spinach and cheese (right) looked more appealing, but the ham and cheese (left) tasted better. Both were served only barely warm and parts of the quiche would be cooler than the others due to uneven reheating. It was not the best quiche I've had for sure, but I didn't expect much since it had been lying out on the counter all day.
The second voucher was for 2 hot drinks and 2 apple strudels. Both the latte (right) and cappuccino (left) were decent, but there was nothing special about them.
The apple strudel was actually not bad for a homemade dessert. The pastry skin was relatively bland and lightly dusted with icing sugar, but the stewed apple inside was sweet and full of flavour.
If I lived in the neighbourhood, I might come again for a coffee or for some takeout. But this is really not a place I would purposely make a trip to since it's a typical neighbourhood deli and the food didn't impress me at all. For people who live close by though, this is a convenient spot to pick something up after work.