Sunday, August 31, 2014

Salmon House on the Hill

A small group of us were gathering for brunch to celebrate my friend’s fortieth birthday. She requested a “room with a view”, thus we ended up at the Salmon House on the Hill – a window-wrapped room perched up on the hillside of the West Vancouver neighbourhood Panorama Village, looking out over downtown Vancouver and beyond.

This restaurant is what I would refer to as traditional West coast – a conventional, wood-beamed room serving an approachable menu. It’s the type of place where you could take any family member from 1 to 99 and all would be comfortable. We were well catered to and felt suitably pampered for a birthday brunch.

The Salmon House is a long-standing choice for special family celebrations. If you go for the view, you will be charmed, for sure.

2229 Folkestone Way, West Vancouver
Brunch hours: Saturday/Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Linh Café

The Linh Café has recently opened its doors as a “new” brunch spot in Kits. I use quotes because I’m not sure if it’s an entirely fresh creation, or a rejuvenated version of Café Régalade, which used to occupy this location. I don’t know the actual story, but there seemed to be clues that there were strong ties between the Linh Café and its predecessor. The first clue was that the pig décor remains (actually, almost all of the furnishings were still the same). The second clue was the some of the brunch menu items seemed very close in nature to the previous menu. The final clue was that my breakfast was served in the same execution as before – in an oven-hot, cast-iron skillet served atop wooden planks covered with the classic red gingham paper.

My Paris Breakfast, while obviously not intending to be an authentic Parisian breakfast (i.e., it’s not coffee and bread), was appropriately decadent: grilled tomatoes and ham topped with gooey cheese and sunny up eggs, served with French baguette and delicately dressed greens. My breakfast was also representative of the amazing-looking ham and cheese croissants on display. My friend made a bold claim and announced her Hanoi Breakfast was the best Pho she had ever tasted. She loved the rich beef broth, lightly seasoned with five spice.

Whether it’s reborn or an original, the Linh Café is welcome.

2836 West 4th Avenue
Brunch hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.