OEB hails from Calgary and they have opened their first BC location in Yaletown next to Provence Marinaside. I was invited for a media preview by my Instagram friend @guacarons courtesy of @nativmediaco. All food and drinks were complimentary but opinions are my own.
OEB has a large menu with a variety of savoury and sweet dishes. Quite a few caught my eye like the Canadian Lobster and Shrimp Crepe and the Waterfowl (smoked peking duck breast benny).
Each table was given a small menu card that they encouraged us to order from. Our server explained that it was to help give the kitchen staff more practice on certain dishes and to make our orders more efficient (or something along those lines). However if we were still allowed to order from the regular menu as well if someone had dietary restrictions or really wanted to try something etc.
We decided to order 2 items from the suggested menu and then 1 other item of our choice. First up was the Truffle Squash Benny with “Braised Butternut, Onion Jam, Porcini & Truffle Mushrooms, Hollandaise”. I wouldn’t normally order a vegetarian dish but this was delicious! The truffle flavour was evident and the hollandaise was on point. The base of the benny was actually a croissant instead of the usual English muffin.
For our poached eggs, our server let us know that if we want them soft, the egg whites would also be slightly runny as well so we went with medium poached. It was just right! All bennys are served with duck fat fries which are AMAZING. They were really more like potato wedges but the seasoning was perfect and the duck fat took it to the next level.
Another item from our suggested menu was the Chasing Chickens Poutine. This featured “Poached Eggs, Herb Potatoes, Pulled Chicken, Saint Cyrille Curds, Brown Butter Hollandaise”. The base of the poutine was the same duck fat fries as the bennys but you can actually order it with half arugula and half fries if you’re feeling healthier. In hindsight, we should’ve done that because there were a LOT of potatoes.
The pulled chicken had a nice smoky flavour to it and our medium poached eggs were dusted with some paprika for an extra layer of smokiness. I would personally prefer a poutine with a different protein like duck confit, bacon, or chorizo.
Last but not least, we chose a sweet item of our choice, the French Toast Trifle with “Meyer lemon curd, market berries, Sicilian pistachio, torched French meringue”. The lemon curd was thick with a tangy yet sweet flavour which coated the bread nicely. The bread was thick and soft with a nice bounce to it. If you’re a lemon lover, you should try this.
I expect that OEB will have huge line ups similar to Jam Cafe so I’m really glad I got to try it first! I enjoyed all the dishes I tried and the location is beautiful with great views too. I’m happy to welcome another all day brekkie spot in Vancouver! Check out their menu here.
Fun fact: did you know OEB has their own flock of free run hens?