You may already consider yourself a Vancouver brunch expert, but the city’s restaurants are always coming up with new ways to get us up and at ’em and to the table on weekend mornings.
Here are five new brunches to check out right now in Vancouver.
This casual, cozy, brand spanking new breakfast-only spot opened up in October on West Broadway near Granville. Serving up hearty breakfast dishes using fresh, local ingredients, Breakfast Table has a solid menu of morning offerings, perfect for a laid-back brunch with friends or family. Look for dishes like a Hot Smoked Trout Benedict, Beef Bulgogi Hash, Breakfast Poutine, and plenty of vegetarian options.
Address: 481 West Broadway, Vancouver
Situated inside the former Commune Cafe, the new second location of Nero is about three times the size of the original, and offers a similar menu of authentic Belgian waffles, with a few key differences. Zero in on the dishes special to Seymour Street, such as the Banana Brulée, (Liege-style waffle topped with a caramelized banana, housemade vanilla ice cream, dark Belgian chocolate, and pecans) or their inventive “tapas” board (Brussels-style waffles with bruleed goat cheese with honey and walnuts, salty slices of bresaola, arugula, honey butter, and fresh East Van jam) for a savoury treat.
Address: 1002 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Try the newly-introduced five-course brunch offered at RawBar, which offers a fixed menu of elegant Asian-inspired seafood-centric dishes with optional drink pairings. A must for sushi lovers, this brunch at the Fairmont Pacific Rim offers a nice alternative to the existing brunches available on the property as well as a top-notch alternative to more typical breakfast-y brunch fare. The drinks also are a welcomed diversion from the workaday mimosas and Caesars and Bellinis that could use a weekend out of rotation.
Address: 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver
Saddle up and head to Dixies BBQ for a Texas-inspired brunch. Showcasing a slim menu of biscuit-based Bennies (including a couple featuring their delicious meats) and hearty plates like chicken and waffles (with a Jack Daniels syrup), this is a big, bold brunch worth checking out. Bring your friends and toast to the great weekend ritual of brunch with one of Dixies BBQ’s plentiful drink options, too.
Address: 337 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Borrowing a page from the more European-style book of offering light bites and both café and bar beverages, this Vancouver Island export recently opened up its first mainland brick-and-mortar on the blossoming Fraser Street corridor. Look for beautifully composed (and egg-topped) creations coming from their kitchen, showcasing their preserves, pickles, and fresh baked goods. They’ve got a full bar (and Mimosas) for morning drinking, and, of course, excellent coffee.
Address: 4194 Fraser Street, Vancouver