What better way to pass a leisurely weekend morning than a tableful of hot-from-the-oven waffles, crispy rosemary-infused bacon and spunky plays on eggs benedict – all decorated with a spray of fresh blackberries and accompanied by bottomless mimosas? Vancouver is a city that brunches, and dishes here run the gamut of rich and decadent to healthy and organic to… beer-infused? Read on for our recommendations on where to brunch now.
· Jam Café. Sister restaurant to Victoria’s hot breakfast joint, Jam Café opened in Vancouver at the end of April and already sees lineups of eager diners itching for the restaurant’s iconic rustic-meets-contemporary comfort fare. Owner Mike Deas-Dawlish is known to work the line handing out samples of tantalizing Belgian waffles – and once inside, the menu is a playful grab bag of items like Pork Belly Benedict with onion jam and barbecue sauce, and Cracker Jack French toast with banana and Nutella. Round out your meal with the show-stealing bacon bourbon Caesar, and be prepared to undo a button or two.
· L’Abattoir. Known for chic fine dining in Vancouver’s hip and historic Gastown district, L’Abattoir’s weekend brunch distinguishes itself with an understated elegance balanced by West Coast cool. The menu’s shining beacon is the hearty Breakfast Burger with hashbrown patty, fried egg and all the trimmings. Wash it down with the Passionfruit Smash, a refreshing blend of passionfruit, ginger beer, fresh lime and agave nectar.
· Ancora. Situated along a picturesque stretch of False Creek seawall, Ancora is ideal for soaking in the morning sun while dining on one of the city’s most eclectic brunches. The Peruvian-meets-Japanese fare combines traditional dishes like chicken and waffles with smoky flavours, plenty of spice and fresh local ingredients. Don’t miss the steelhead trout benny, a lighter take on the traditional benny with freshly caught trout, organic pea shoots and smoked paprika emulsion drifting on a cloud-like cornbread base.
· Big Rock Brewery. The main benefit of brunching at a brewery? Why, almost everything is made with beer, of course. Big Rock’s spacious and always-buzzing space is perfect for casual just-rolled-out-of-bed brunches with your buddies. Try the Prosciutto Benny made with spent grain bread (a beer by-product) and IPA-infused Hollandaise. Tip: the ideal pairing for beer-infused food is – you guessed it – a flight of craft beer.
· Café Medina. You simply can’t talk about brunching in Vancouver without mentioning Medina. The restaurant’s distinctive Mediterranean-inspired cuisine adds a gourmet spin to brekkie, but don’t fill up too fast – you’ll want to save room for a lavender latte and piping hot Belgian waffle, must-haves for Medina novices. Happy brunching!