Lisa Marie is a restaurant/bar and my friend was meeting her friend here so she brought me along too! We didn’t have a reservation so there was a bit of a wait. Almost all their tables are high counters with bar stools. After almost an hour we got a table!
Everything on the brunch menu sounded delicious from the Double Pancake Pork Burger to the Fried Cornish Hen and Cornbread Waffles.
This was the Lamb Shank’n Hash with with sauteed red onions, peppers, potatoes and two sunny side up eggs on top. The dish arrived in a large pan and pretty much any braised meat is good! I only had a small bite of this. Continue reading →
The Union is named after the street it’s on at the edge of Chinatown. It’s hipster looking with long wood communal tables and lucky for us, we sat by the window and had a great view of a dumpster outside since the Union is right next to an alley. They do Asian fusion food.
My friend had the Lychee Mimosa with prosecco and candied chili. There was a big piece of lychee at the bottom! You can just taste a hint of spice at the end. Continue reading →
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!
Nice Cafe is located on 8th and Main around the corner from the 8th and Main store. It’s very easy to miss since it’s on the side street but it’s across from 8 1/2 Restaurant and Lounge if that helps. This is the definition of a greasy diner joint. We went on a warm day but it was super stuffy inside so we opted to sit outside where it was much cooler. It was only 20 degrees or so though so I don’t know how they survive in there when it’s 30 degrees.
I wasn’t particularly hungry and I was just accompanying my friend so I ordered a Chocolate Milkshake. It came with some generic whipped cream like the kind from a can but the milkshake itself was very good! Chocolatey but not too sweet. I ended up drinking a lot more than I expected to. Continue reading →
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 idea was to go to Earnest Ice Cream first and then eat lunch/brunch but then as we walked by Graze which is right next door, it seemed like a nice place to have brunch so we just went in. Also it didn’t look busy so we wouldn’t have to wait for a table either. The restaurant had a nice serene vibe to it and there was a large colorful mural on one wall. Graze is a vegetarian restaurant and I had totally forgotten about that but we decided to give it a try.
These were the Breakfast Tacos made with scrambled tofu, tomatoes, peppers, black bean and corn on organic corn tortillas. On the side were some rosemary potatoes and house greens. I think the sauce in the middle was suppose to be the spicy salsa roja but it didn’t taste very spicy. The tacos tasted spicy though so maybe the salsa was already on top? Yes I have no idea what I’m talking about but for some vegetarian tacos they were pretty good. I didn’t miss the meat.
I went for a sweet brunch item, the Carrot Cake French Toast. Sounds decadent right? There were three large slices served with smoked salt caramel sauce, whipped coconut creme and some sort of fruit compote. The carrot cake was dipped and grilled in a flax-polenta batter which gave it a slightly weird flavour for me since I think the edges were a bit burnt too. Basically all the flavours tasted a bit unusual to me at first, they just didn’t seem like they were suppose to go with carrot cake?
For example, the whipped coconut creme looked like icing but a much less sweet version and the smoke caramel sauce was a bit weak and didn’t really add much for me and finally for the fruit compote, I don’t even know what fruit they used but it was off-putting… Like not terrible but not pleasant either so I avoided most of it. Ok so maybe I wasn’t really sure what I was expecting since this is not your standard carrot cake or french toast. The carrot cake itself was very moist and full of carrot flavour. Despite all the condiments, it wasn’t too sweet.
Ok so I don’t think I would come back just because I think I prefer more meat in my meals and maybe things that sound less healthy… the food just differed from my norm? Maybe I need to try more vegetarian places! I heard the Acorn is good.