Sunday, January 27, 2008

La Boqueria at the Four Seasons (UPDATED)

UPDATE (11/10/09): The Four Seasons is no longer serving a buffet and is serving a brunch menu. See review for Yew Restaurant for details.
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This all-you-can-eat buffet is truly a step above your regular hotel buffet (a giant step). Zow! The brunch is latin-inspired, meaning there are Spanish, Cuban and other Latin countries represented. The variety available is outstanding. What’s a little different, too, is in addition to the spread, you can order as much as you’d like off their brunch menu. Items which are best freshly prepared instead of sitting on a hot plate.

While there was far too much food to mention it all, some highlights were the Guava-glazed Short Ribs, Honey Corn Bread with fresh Guacamole, Arepas with Saffron Sauce, Chorizo Sausage and Potato Hash, Plantain Bread (think the best banana bread ever!), Citrus-marinated Shrimp with Guava Horseradish Sauce, Cuban Sandwiches with Plantain Chips, Rum-cured Salmon Eggs Benedict, honestly I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture.

The newly-renovated space is pleasant (although the wine room is slightly demonstrative), and there was a live guitarist playing lovely latin music that was soothing. This brunch isn’t cheap but it is a true all-included price. Your $45 includes the menu, the buffet and all the tea, coffee and juices you can drink. They had a pineapple-mango-lime juice this morning. Mmm. Mmm. Mmm.

Four Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia Street
Brunch hours: Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

www.fourseasons.com/vancouver/dining

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Tommy’s

Tommy’s is full of sweet memories for me. Years ago, I lived just down the street and I have many fond memories of getting up on weekend mornings and having delicious, lingering breakfasts at this home-style café.

They still have the same great breakfasts, but it's definitely not so easy to linger these days. There are crowds of people lined up at the front door waiting for a seat. The café only seats about 20, but the service is quick and it usually doesn’t take too long to be able to sit.

Their coffee is a bottomless cup and it’s self serve. Although I have to admit I quit drinking coffee, I still love the self serve idea.

1308 Ross Road, North Vancouver
Breakfast hours:
Mon-Thu: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fri-Sun: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Brioche

Early-ish on a rainy Saturday morning we ended up at this casual spot as it turned out to be Plan “B” when our original choice was not open yet. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

The menu here is very straight forward (see photos for chalkboard sign menu). They do also have a “Create your own Omelette” option. I enjoyed my Veggie and Goat Cheese Omelette which came with choice of bread and a fruit salad. Simple, but the flavours were there. The multigrain bread was quite fabulous, now that I think about it, warm and toasty. My friend had the Prosciutto, Spinach and Feta Omelette.

The baked goods looked nice, and I had my eye on the Peanut Butter Pain au Chocolat but was too full after my omelette to partake.

401 West Cordova Street
Breakfast hours:
Monday to Friday: 7 a.m to 7 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

www.brioche.ca
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