Sunday, August 26, 2007

Dockside Restaurant at the Granville Island Hotel

UPDATE: It appears they are no longer serving a buffet brunch. Brunch menu only.
For some reason, I often overlook this location when thinking of a place to dine. It’s too bad, because it really does offer one of the best views and outstanding patios in the city. Lovely wraparound windows look out over False Creek.

The buffet brunch, while pricey, is still moderate compared to many hotel breakfasts. An added bonus is that children under 6 eat for free. But most exciting is the fact that many of the dishes are well executed. There are many stations: waffle, fruit, salad, eggs/sausage, eggs benedict. Also many lovely meat dishes: lamb chops, beef brisket, seafood thai curry.

The servers were all pleasant enough, they just seemed very tired.

1253 Johnston Street
Breakfast hours:
Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, 7 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Sunday Brunch: 11:00 a.m .to 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Tomato Fresh Food Café (CLOSED)

UPDATE (05/30/11): The Tomato Cafe never recovered after its move from Cambie. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
While the new place is slick and modern, I miss the funky vibe from the old café on Cambie. However, change is inevitable and if I could adapt to change easier, I would be in the now and appreciate the Tomato for what it is and not what it was. It is a modern diner with cozy red booths, black-dressed servers and cream coloured walls.

Seems a good place for families as there is room for strollers and they provide cute canvas bags filled with plenty of crayons to occupy. Great covered patio site, as well.

2486 Bayswater Street
Breakfast hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Brunch hours: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Café Salade de Fruits

Go early for breakfast and have your pick of tables in the small, cozy restaurant, outside on their streetfront patio, or in the reception area of Le Centre Culturel Francophone de Vancouver within which it is located. Although the service lived up to the French’s reputation – a little cool – that’s part of their charm, non?

My quiche was perfect. The crust was so buttery good and the crispy prosciutto layer took the flavour over the top. Yum! And of course, what else are the French famous for, but their frites! Make sure you order these shoestring fries which come with a side of garlic aioli. Spectaculaire!

Authentic french fare on the menu. Be sure to ask your server for the daily specials.

1551 West 7th Avenue
Breakfast hours: Saturday only, 10:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.