Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Galley at Jericho

After years of eating meals on the patio of The Galley at the Jericho Sailing Centre, this was the first time I visited for breakfast. Wow, I have been missing out! The combination of the serene setting – the view, the sunshine, the light morning breeze – and the food – delicious and well executed – provided one of the best breakfast experiences I have enjoyed in this city!

Available in the summer only, the breakfast menu is short, but rounded. My guy had the Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Omelette. He loved the added touch of capers and red onion. I ate the Jericho Frittata with spinach, onions and sausage. Both dishes were served with “breakfast potatoes” seasoned with rosemary and paprika, and multigrain toast with house-made strawberry jam. Although it requires some effort, attention to these small details elevate a meal from ho-hum to fantastic. Ay, I wish some other restaurants would take notice.

1300 Discovery Street
Breakfast hours:
Summer (Victoria Day to Labour Day): 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Weekends only
Winter: not available

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

John’s Place (Victoria)

Talk about memories. When I was in high school, my spare block was “G” block which meant on Wednesdays I had the class immediately before and after lunch free. One of my good friends also had the same spare block and this meant that every Wednesday, we would be lunching at John’s Place.

John’s Place has been a Victoria landmark for 25 years now. And while the decor has changed over time (and the jukebox!), it still retains it’s diner feel and remains a locals hot spot. The breakfast menu is classic and offers up anything one might desire – fluffy pancakes, waffles, corned beef hash, bennys, tex mex, omelettes, etc.

If you’re in Victoria, be sure to participate in a piece of its history. Go to John’s – eat, enjoy, sit back, relax, digest.

723 Pandora Avenue, Victoria
Breakfast hours:
Monday to Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Saturday/Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

La Brasserie

Today’s breakfast adventure was inspired by a singular item on the new brunch menu at La Brasserie where brunch service started just a couple of weeks ago. And as soon as I saw they were serving Oeufs en Meurette, I knew there could be only one friend to call and invite along. I have heard her sing the praises of this dish for years and, until now, she has had to drive to Seattle to get it at Cafe Campagne.

While road trips are fun, it’s also fun knowing that when the sudden urge hits for eggs poached in red wine sauce and served with lardons and pearl onions, one can just go down the street to your neighbourhood Franco-German restaurant. If you were also craving an Omelette with Goat Cheese and Heirloom Tomatoes, you could do it all in one trip! Be sure to end your journey with the Pavlova with Peach Purée and Fresh Berries.

Ah, je suis complet.

1091 Davie Street
Brunch hours: Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Cucumber Café (CLOSED)

UPDATE (07/04/10): Ironically enough, Cucumber Café is now a Denny's.

Sometimes breakfast is the destination and sometimes breakfast is what I do on the way to a destination. Today was the latter. We were heading out to Centennial Beach at Boundary Bay and were looking for a breakfast spot along the way. This is how I came across the Cucumber Café located just across the Oak Street Bridge on the Richmond side near the Sandman Hotel. The best way I can describe it is as a modern Denny’s except they use fresh food, not frozen, the servers are young, and the decor is lounge-y chic.

The menu has a few updates on the classics. My Corned Beef Hash was served with a tasty chipotle hollandaise. Other updates include whole-wheat pancakes, french toast and english muffins. A bonus is that they serve breakfast here all day.

10211 St. Edwards Drive, Richmond
Breakfast hours: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Daily