Chambar is the sister restaurant of Cafe Medina and they basically have the same brunch menu but without the lineups! In fact, they take reservations! They’re right beside the Stadium-Chinatown skytrain station on Beatty Street.
They had a cool light fixture near the entrance! They also had floor to ceiling windows so there was lots of light during the day. The restaurant didn’t look that big at first but there’s actually a lot of seating at the back too. Continue reading →
I heard really good things about brunch at the Oakwood and I love brunch so I had to check it out. I thought they would be really busy on a Sunday afternoon but they were not which is great since they don’t accept reservations for brunch!
I’ve been going through a huge brunch phase this year and Yolk’s Breakfast is essentially brunch on wheels! I just realized I’ve never blogged about their truck before.
This was the Double Smoked Baconwith two eggs, real Hollandaise, Benedict style. For the filling you have a choice of double smoked bacon, hand carved honey ham or portobello mushroom. Of course I would go with bacon all the way. Continue reading →
A while back I happened to end up going to Tap and Barrel twice in the same week so I got to try their brunch and dinner. For both visit I went to the Olympic Village location. It has a really nice view of False Creek! Recently Tap and Barrel also opened their third location in Lonsdale Quay.
EDIT: Ok never mind I went again the fries are still HORRIBLE and everything else is really average so it’s not exactly a brunch place.
I was looking for a brunch place to go to before watching the Avengers and the Fish Shack was relatively close so we decided to try it. The Fish Shack is owned by the Glowbal Group and it used to be some Mediterranean place that I also tried but it closed down.
It was interesting how they used pallets to decorate one side of their wall and they had a fishing theme going on which was pretty cool. There are also some TV’s for watching sports games.
None of us have been to Forage so we were excited to see what they had in store for us.
The special of the day was the Pork Belly Eggs Benedict. Crispy potatoes with an addictive house made ketchup were served side. Not sure what else was in the ketchup but it was probably some sort of spice. The pork belly was fatty but not overly so and there was a good amount of it too. My eggs were poached to a medium as per my request. I found that the hollandaise sauce was quite buttery and rich as but a tad salty as well especially when eating with the pork belly. David also said that he could taste the tarragon in this dish but since I’m not sure what that tastes like we’ll take his word for it!
This was the Classic Benny served with back bacon and the same crispy potatoes and ketchup as above.
This was the Corned Bison Hash with sunny side up eggs, kale, house made sauerkraut and IPA mustard hollandaise with lots of multigrain toast on the side. This dish was bigger than the eggs benny dishes! It will definitely fill you up. I tried a bit of the bison and it was good… can’t really describe it since I haven’t had much bison before!
There was also house made blueberry and strawberry jam available for the toast as well and they were both fruity but not too sweet.
We had an enjoyable brunch together and I was surprised that the restaurant wasn’t busier for brunch but maybe it was because it was pouring earlier.
My friend and I ended up at Tuc Craft Kitchen for brunch after trying to watch the Santa Claus parade. We didn’t go early enough so we were stuck at the back and couldn’t really see anything. Then we just decided to go for brunch instead. Tuc Craft Kitchen wasn’t my first choice for brunch but they ended up being the only place without a line up and we didn’t want to wait.
This was the Lamb and Eggs which consisted of two sunny side up eggs, braised lamb shoulder, arugula, parsnips, cranberries and potatoes was served on a hot skillet. I just had a bite of this and the lamb was succulent, well braised in small pieces and very tender. The dish was on the small side though but it reflected the price ($13).
On another spontaneous work lunch outing, we decided to go to Cafe Medina! I’ve never been but I’ve certainly heard a lot about them. They have rave reviews! Also, long line ups but hey that’s how you know the food is good right? Thankfully it was a weekday and there was no line up at 1:30pm. Hurray (I hate line ups)! They are located on Richards and Robson Street now.
One of the items you must try is their lattes. They have some interesting flavours like lavender, salted caramel and raspberry caramel. We decided to share the Raspberry Caramel Latte. I am not a coffee aficionado (really I go to Starbucks/Blenz if I do get coffee…) but I could tell this was a superbly well-made latte! It was velvety in texture with hints of raspberry and caramel. I believe it is the smoothest latte I’ve ever had and I was nothing but impressed.