This is the second year that Dine Out Vancouver has offered brunch crawls through various neighbourhoods. The crawls are organized by @vanfoodster, who offers similar Tasting Plates crawls through the rest of the year. This weekend I was invited to attend the Gastown Brunch Crawl, which was a fantastic and very filling event! The participating restaurants were:
- Brioche Eatery Café
- Milano Coffee
- Salida 7
- Jamaican Blue Cold Brew
- Lily Mae’s Cafe
- Rodney’s Oyster House
- Pure Bread Bakery
- Jules Bistro
A quick check through the Dine Out Vancouver listing I did not see these restaurants offering a separate dine out dinner or lunch menu, so the Brunch Crawls may be the only way to try out some of these places. FYI, besides the Gastown Brunch Crawl, there is also Downtown, Kitsilano, Main Street, West End, and Commercial Drive. Details on all the Brunch Crawls are here.
Below are a pictures I took during the Gastown Brunch Crawl with my astute comments. Enjoy!
The Velvet Cortado is a small latte made at Milano’s Coffee, where they roast their own beans. Very good. We also had a lemon square from Lemon Square which had great bright lemon flavour, but was not overly sour. Good with coffee.
More coffee, this time from Jamaican Blue Cold Brew. What makes this coffee different is that it is cold brewed, which I am told reduces acidity by 70%. Good if you have acid reflux possibly plus would be better for your teeth. Made with Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee beans. If you want, they will warm up the coffee for you after cold brewing.
If excellent baked goods is your thing, and you just picked up a cup of coffee, then Pure Bread Bakery is a great place to visit. Yes we were allowed to sample all the pastries, sweet and savoury, that you see. All were very tasty. Recommended.
Brioche Eatery Café had assorted Italian pastas (a lobster ravioli!), eggplant, and succulent ribs. Just a taste of each, but all very good, and very filling.
Jules Bistro brought some French flavours to our Brunch Crawl. Cassoulet (a cassarole made with beans, chicken, and sausage), house cured salmon, mini quiches and chocolate terrine. Cassoulet is one of my favourite dishes. Comfort food. Enjoy with a glass of pinot noir. All their food was very good, and the chocolate terrine and dark and decadent.
Salida 7, a Spanish restaurant offered, Bacalo (cod) croquette, veggie tortilla, sardine on bean puree toast, and fennel salad. The Bacalo croquette and veggie tortilla were my favourites.
LilyMae’s Cafe had us trying their pulled pork & cheese grits, beet carrot juice, and French toast. The juice tasted very healthy, and was enjoyable to sip for a breakfast or brunch. The pulled pork & cheese grits was rich and filling, and the French toast was cooked to perfection.
My last stop was Rodney’s Oyster House to try their crab cake eggs benedict. The egg was poached nicely and the creaminess of the yolk helped make the crab cake a bit moister.
If these pictures entice you, please visit them, and if the Brunch Crawl attracts you, why not join one during Dine Out?