Yesterday we hope we got you drooling for some weekend brunch goodness with our first five brunch picks. Well, today we’ve got another handful for you to add to your must-try list in YVR…
Café Zen on Yew
Why They’re The Best: To-Die-For Bennies
The locals flock to Café Zen on the weekends like a herd of stampeding elephants. Nestled in the heart of picturesque Kitsilano up the block from Kits beach, Café Zen batters up some of the best bennies you’ll ever have amongst other crowd pleasers like pancakes, crepes and omelets. A Vancouver institution for over 25 years, owners Natasha and Katie have coined neighbourly hospitality that is delightfully infectious, paired with delicious dishes like the dreamy banana and chocolate crepes, or the mouth-watering crab/avocado benedict. The kicker? You can mix and match your benedicts (for example, pairing a bacon benedict with a chorizo sausage benedict). The twentysomethings are all over this place – and you will be too.
Why They’re The Best: Some Damned Good ‘Omelettes’
Basing its concept on an all-American diner-style restaurant, Paul’s Omelettery offers numerous variations of classic breakfast staples. An ode to the omelet, or ‘omelette’ in Paul’s case, the menu includes everything from a mild-mannered veggie omelet (a myriad of mushrooms, onions, red peppers, asparagus, tomato, zucchini, cheddar, edam and cream cheese), to the daring Devon (smoked salmon, chilled pacific shrimp, asparagus, onions and brie cheese). Their menu is quite enormous, so come prepared to bury yourself in its contents for a solid 10 minutes before you even think of ordering anything.
Why They’re The Best: The Grey Poupon of Brunching
We have a crush on Forage. If you want to brunch well at a restaurant that boasts some of the freshest local ingredients in the city, head over to Forage. Brunching looks a little like this: alpine juniper chicken confit frittata, oozing brie cheese, warm roasted garlic and fresh local arugula; spiced lentils, Merguez sausage, velvety poached eggs, crisp spring peas, pea tips, mint crème and toast; Hannah Brook Farm greens, real Dungeness crab, charred onion, poached egg and marrow croutons. We could go on… but you get the idea, right? Go to Forage, like… now!
Catch 122 Café & Bistro
Why They’re The Best: Simplicity On a Plate
The menu here is uncomplicated. Choose from five (dare we say) perfect dishes, including a truffle-scented mushroom omelet that will make your knees weak, the signature “Catch 122” that boasts poached eggs with house-smoked and cured wild salmon and dill crème fraiche over a crispy croissant, or the scrambled eggs chorizo double decker (yes please!). What they lack in options, they make up for in flavour and execution. Come early, because this little treat of a breakfast menu is sayonara after 11am.
Why They’re The Best: Because… They Are the Best
If you’ve yet to check out the famous Café Medina, you might need to reassess your priorities. A true Vancouverite (and good friend) will always send their tourist buddies to Café Medina for brunch. Try their breakfast paella, served up hot ‘n fresh with a poached egg; you’ll be floored by the curried orzo and Hungarian chorizo in it. Their waffles are just delightful and may be up there with the likes of Nero Waffle Bar (not to create any hostility). With unique toppings like melt-in-your-mouth milk chocolate lavender, white chocolate pistachio rosewater, and fig orange marmalade… drum roll… Café Medina is one of the most acclaimed must-visit brunch restaurants in Vancouver.
Did you catch the first part of our Best Brunch Spots series?
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