Saturday, November 24, 2007

Little Nest (CLOSED)

UPDATE (08/02/14): Little Nest is now closed. :(
Little Nest, just off Commercial Drive, is a beautifully-designed space specializing in breakfast and lunch for BIG and LITTLE kids. Their menu is short, but well rounded. I had the Mushroom, Leek, Potato Fritatta with Pesto which comes with a simple side salad. A good deal at only $8. Other menu items include Rice Pudding, Muesli, French Toast and Eggs with Toasted Soldiers - all presented with a gourmet twist (such as bananas, coconut caramel and cinnamon whipped cream atop the french toast).

What makes this place so unique is that it is designed equally for parents and little ones. There is a play area with toys, lots of high chairs and room for strollers. Being someone who doesn’t have children, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the atmosphere was actually relaxing and comforting even in the midst of child haven – almost like being in the living room of Grandma’s house. I enjoyed a conversation with the family at the next table, especially because their daughter was so open and friendly. She offered me some of her goldfish crackers, very nice.

There are some fresh baked goods, as well. I took the Banana, Walnut, Chocolate Chunk Muffin to go – mmmmm. The menu also has a small, but tasty looking, selection of sandwiches all made organic white or multigrain baguettes, plus salads and a daily soup. I look forward to coming back for lunch!

1716 Charles Street
Breakfast hours: Daily, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Caffé Barney (Granville)

This is a popular weekend breakfast spot, lineups start around 10 a.m. They have a traditional menu. The restaurant is comfy, with just the right amount of energy - not over the top, but definitely not quiet.

2975 Granville Street
Breakfast hours:
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday - Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.