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Brunch – Vancouver

Apr 2015

As a lot of you know, over the past few months I have had the pleasure of writing a weekly brunch series for Vancity Buzz, here in Vancouver. Such an undertaking has allowed me to not only enjoy and indulge in copious amounts of delicious food (all in the name of research) but also discover fabulous must-visit eateries, as well as new and exciting parts of the city. Having now eaten my fair share of weekend brunches, I thought I would spill the beans and share with you what I deem to be the highlights of Vancouver’s brunch scene, so that if one day you find yourself in town, hungry for excellent brunch fare, you’ll know exactly where to find it.

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Tuc Craft Kitchen (Gastown)

Tuc Craft Kitchen serves up a delicious weekend brunch featuring a number of small bites and nibbles, as well as larger more hearty dishes. Expect to find offerings such as lamb and eggs, a vegetable frittata, eggs any style with pork belly crackling, an Irish stew skillet, and the kitchen’s signature plate —  crispy fried chicken and savoury waffles.

Ask for Luigi (Railtown)

Offering a range of tempting Italian-inspired brunch plates, Ask for Luigi is a must-visit brunch destination in Vancouver. Sitting on the edge of Railtown, Ask for Luigi’s non-traditional brunch items make this casual eatery stand out from the rest. The house-made Pappardelle alla Bolognese and the kitchen’s freshly baked banana bread with white chocolate chips and a wickedly good whipped salted caramel butter are highly recommended.

Belgard Kitchen (Railtown)

With a long list of appetising brunch fare, a casual vibe, attentive service and a gorgeous, rustic dining space, brunch at Belgard Kitchen hits all the right spots. Occupying space in the Settlement Building, Belgard Kitchen focuses on sourcing as many local ingredients for their dishes as possible, dishes that include smashed avocado on toast, maple bourbon bacon, coconut quinoa porridge, a meatball skillet, and more.

L’Abattoir (Gastown)

Housed in a refurbished brick and beam building, brunch at L’Abattoir is exactly what brunch should be – leisurely and delicious. The food is excellent, the service top notch and the ambience causal yet refined. The expected brunch essentials are all here (poached eggs with pork belly, three egg omelette, buttermilk pancakes, and a breakfast burger), as well as a range of innovative dishes, irresistible house-baked pastries, and creative morning cocktails.

Catch 122 (Gastown)

Reasonable pricing, quality food, friendly staff and an inviting interior make Catch 122 the perfect spot to enjoy a lingering brunch. The menu features a variety of classic brunch dishes with a standard pricing of $13 and includes house-cured bacon and eggs, duck prosciutto Eggs Benedict, brioche French toast, mushroom omelettes, and more. Brunch is not just limited to the weekend, the restaurant offers brunch until 4pm seven days a week!

Burdock & Co. (Main Street)

Come here for as much the food as for the restaurant’s warmth and charm. Located on Main Street, Burdock and Co. dishes up both traditional and inventive locally-sourced organic meals in a gorgeously lit and tastefully laid out space. The seasonally-inspired menu has been crafted to include unique dishes, bold flavours, and delightful food pairings. A side ordering of the grilled maple fennel bacon is a must!

Posted by Jess Fleming

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