We’re taking a tasty tour of Vancouver’s many brunches to create The Ultimate Vancouver Brunch Guide. This week we’re digging into deliciously simple, Italian-inspired brunch plates at Grotto.
Since it opened late last year, Grotto has become a neighbourhood hotspot for those seeking a deliciously casual meal. However, it’s not just the West End eatery’s Italian-inspired dinner menu that diners are flocking to, but also the restaurant’s relaxed weekend brunch.
Available from 10:30 am on both Saturday and Sunday, Grotto offers an uncomplicated brunch menu full of comforting late-morning eats, like a crisp breakfast pizza (who said you can’t have pizza for breakfast?) topped with roasted garlic, bacon bits, herbed potato, and a gorgeously gooey fried egg.
This carb-tastic, sizable pizza pie, with its thin stone baked crust is guaranteed to satisfy any weekend brunch pizza craving, and is perfect for a late and/or hungover brekkie.
Other equally tempting brunch options include Prosciutto Benny, Caprese Benny, Muffaleta Sandwich, a veggie frittata, and Spaghetti Carbonara, which comes with confit pork belly, peas, egg, and Grana Padano.
Brunch traditionalists will gravitate towards “The Classic.” This simple yet delicious plate is comprised of two eggs any style, crispy bacon, homemade focaccia toast, and homemade tomato sauce, making it the perfect jumpstart to any morning.
Diners who find themselves with a slice of toast leftover should request a pot of Grotto’s scratch made jam, in particular the Whisky Berry flavour. This boozy preserve is delightfully sweet and has a strong, fresh taste of berries.
In terms of drinks, Grotto offers brunch-goers coffee, coffee and baileys, and espresso. Patrons looking for a boozy tipple will find sparkling mimosas, Italian sangria, and a Colazione (made of basil vodka, marinara clamato, Worcestshire, hot sauce, and olives) also listed on the menu.
Situated below street level on Davie, this slightly out-of-the way space is cozy and laid-back. While Grotto is a terrifc spot to hunker down in when the weather is nasty, it is equally great in the summer, thanks to the restaurant’s proximity to English Bay.
Address: 1725 Davie Street, Vancouver
Hours: Brunch is served from 10:30 am to 3 pm on both Saturday and Sunday