Brunch is a religion in Vancouver. It is right up there with Craft Beer, Whistler and our love/hate relationship with the Vancouver Canucks. Brunch never lets us down and between the hours of 11 am and 2 pm Saturday and Sundays you will find Vancouverites and tourists alike lined up outside restaurants all over town. In Vancouver brunch restaurants are a destination that the rest of our days are organized around. As someone that travels a fair bit, I decided to search out some hidden gems in the Vancouver brunch scene that I thought would interest visitors and locals alike. Places that offer something unique and may not have as long a lineup as some of the standard favourites. This is a fun adventure and one that makes my tummy very happy. Let’s go for brunch!
Cibo Trattoria – Located at 900 Seymour Street at Smythe, Cibo is the sister restaurant to the fabulous UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar. After a night of craft cocktails what better way to start your day than brunch at Cibo. This Italian restaurant is busy early in the morning and then picks up again after 12 noon, so lots of chances to avoid lineups. One reason for checking Cibo out is the Smoked Sablefish Pancake served with a mixed greens salad. I’m not big on seafood or pancakes, but this creation won me over big time. Of course, a serving of Grand Marnier Custard filled Zeppoles should never be turned down. They literally melted in my mouth…
El Camino’s – Craving Latin American street food? Trek on down to 3250 Main Street where you will find El Camino’s packed with Vancouver’s hip Eastside residents. Skip the coffee and order a Jalapeno Ceasar or a Margarita instead. They both go perfectly with The Hangover or the Tomatican Hash. Make sure you order a side of the Guacamole as it just makes everything better. This place is getting popular so you may have to lineup if you arrive late.
The Union – Visiting the other end of Main Street you will be happy if you stop at The Union at 219 Union Street. A mix of Asian influences, The Union offers brunch unlike most places you will visit. I started off with a Hibiscus Tea & Coconut Milk drink named Rosa Milk & then had the Bangalore Hash with house made Lemongrass Pork Sausage on the side. My brunch date had the steamed Bao Bun Bennies topped with Soy-Chili Pulled Pork. Not what you were expecting for brunch, but deliciousness nonetheless.
Arc Restaurant – the Fairmont Waterfront – Found at the Fairmont Waterfront directly across from Canada Place Arc is worth being on this list for two reasons. First off they take reservations which are great if you are planning a special brunch get together and don’t want to wait in line until your entire party arrives. Secondly, if you arrive before 11 am they serve a breakfast Buffet that is lip smacking delish. My friend and I feasted on two of the signature breakfasts offered, the Brisket Hash and the Wild Mushroom Hash. It’s hard to pick a favourite they were both nom nom good and filling.
Belgard Kitchen – Now this is a destination. Located inside the Settlement Building at 55 Dunlevy Street Belgard Kitchen shares the space with Vancouver Urban Winery & Postmark Brewing. Two of my favourite items on the menu are the Smashed Avocado on Sourdough & the Belgard Meatball Brunch Skillet. I don’t think I need to say anymore do I? Nope, I didn’t think so.
Here you have five fantastic Vancouver brunch spots that are guaranteed to get your Saturday or Sunday off to the right start, and they all offer something different and unique from many of the normal brunch fare offered. No plain scrambled eggs or boring Eggs Benedict on the list here.
What do you think? Are there some brunch spots that you think I should include on this list? I’m game for trying them out if you are.