This is my Dine Out Vancouver Brunch Crawl for this year. The first Brunch Crawl was in Gastown and was very filling. The second one I attended this weekend was in Downtown, more specifically the area east of Hornby, with Hastings to the north, and Yaletown to the south. A bit of a hike to get to all of the venues, but needed in order to devour all the offered bites. The venues we visited were:
- Kingson Taphouse & Grill
- Trees Organic Coffee & Roasting House
- Nourish Vancouver
- The Copper Chimney
- Bella Gelateria Yaletown
- Small Victory Bread & Coffee
- Shuraku Sake Bar and Bistro
- Frankie’s Italian Kitchen & Bar
This was the order that I tackled the venues, but anyone attending could visit them in any order, except for Kingston Taphouse & Grill which was the starting point, where you picked up your registration card. Below are some pictures of the food I enjoyed at the Downtown Brunch Crawl and comments. Enjoy.
There is one more Brunch Crawl you may want to attend, is on Commercial Drive on Sunday, Feb. 1. Commercial Drive Brunch Crawl tickets are at this link.
Kingston Taphouse & Grill offered us corn beef hash, banger with confit cherry tomato and gravlax with dill & chive hollandaise on a buttermilk biscuit. Of the three I liked the banger the most as it had some pepperiness to it, and I liked it with the acidity and sweetness of the tomato.
Trees Organic Coffee & Roasting House freatured a savoury spinach & feta scone, a sweet raspberry white chocolate scone and a single origin, fair trade, organic coffee from Peru. The two scones were nice and soft, melting in my mouth, but the savory scone did have a sugar coating on, which made it a bit odd tasting. The raspberry one was fantastic. And the coffee was top quality. A nice place for a weekend morning coffee and pastry.
Nourish Vancouver offered us three different items to enjoy. The first as shown in this picture were two cold pressed juices. The first was “Light Green”, which was a cucumber-based juice, with ginger and other ingredients. It tasted healthy and refreshing, but even better to me was the Carrot Orange Ginger juice, which had a smooth texture, with a nice balance between the orange, carrot and ginger flavour. I would go back for this juice.
Their breakfast sandwich was next, a frittata made with fresh eggs, filled with roasted leeks, kale and shitake mushrooms, served with a kale hazelnut pesto wrapped in a spelt flatbread. It was also topped with radish sprouts. Again, another tasty dish, meatless, that was packed with lots of healthy ingredients. Great for a after gym workout (along with the juice).
The last sample from Nourish was a Dark Chocolate Ganache from one of their partners, Living Lotus. Not much to say, other than you can’t go wrong with a Dark Chocolate Ganache.
The Copper Chimney was my favourite stop at the Downtown Brunch Crawl. They served us their Butter Chicken served with Basmati rice, and garlic naan bread. This was the best Butter Chicken that I can remember eating in a long while. It was not overly peppery, and had a wonderful mix of sweet spices, like cinnamon and ginger. I am definitely coming back here to have a full meal of Butter Chicken. To this the Basmati rice was nice and fluffy, and the naan had a light garlic flavour, which was nice to dip in the Butter Chicken sauce. Highly recommended.
Bella Gelateria Yaletown provided us with a plate containing an Italian Toast (similar to French toast, this one using an Italian Brioche, and topped with some pureed kiwi fruit), Il Tricolore Brunch pizza, made with roasted peppers and eggplant, scrambled organic free range egg and fior di latte, and last a Chocolate G Cookie with Tahitian vanilla gelato. I quite enjoyed the Italian Toast. The bread was quite dense and absorbed the flavours of the egg coating. I also really liked the Tahitian vanilla gelato. I do like good vanilla, and you could tell that this was made with real vanilla.
Small Victory Bread & Coffee By this time I think we were all getting quite full. Some pastries and coffee to calm down the stomach for the home stretch was needed. Small Victory is a very nice, upscale bakery and coffee shop. Gleaming displays of assorted pastries danced in front of my eyes. We were given a sample of three pastries: a chocolate hazelnut croissant, and almond and blueberry brioche, and a honey filo pastry (this one was a surprise, so I’m guessing on this one). The chocolate hazelnut croissant was my favourite. Nice and crispy, with a chocolate centre, and more chocolate on top together with the chopped hazelnuts. A perfect pairing for my coffee. Also very tasty was the almond and blueberry brioche. Also recommended to visit.
Shuraku Sake Bar and Bistro I would say was my second favourite venue to visit for savoury samples. They offered a California roll, Teriyaki bbq baby back rib, and a seasonal green gomaee made with broccoli and green bean. The Teriyaki bbq baby back rib was amazingly tender, and fell off the bone. The Teriyaki sauce was not overpowering or too sweet. A nice glass of Sapporo beer would have been the perfect accompanyment.
Frankie’s Italian Kitchen & Bar was my last stop and they offered Chicken and Waffles, which I was looking forward to. There was also a Monsieur Andre sandwich made with rye bread, filled with cheese, soprasetta and prosciutto, and topped with egg hollandaise. There was something bitter to me with the sandwich, so was not my favourite, but the chicken and waffles was nice.
Well that is the roundup of tastes for this Brunch Crawl. Stay tuned for my tweets and article on the Commercial Drive Brunch Crawl. Thanks to Vancouver Foodster for organizing all the Brunch Crawls. It is a lot of work.