We’re taking a tasty tour of Vancouver’s many brunches to create The Ultimate Vancouver Brunch Guide. This week we’re at Left Bank in the West End.
Scouting brunch spots in Vancouver for a taste of French cooking and ambience? Come the weekend wake up and head to Left Bank for just that and more.
Located on the West End’s vibrant Denman Street, Left Bank is a modern French restaurant serving a delicious range of both classic brunch dishes and authentic French inspired meals.
With a menu that is decidedly French and “kissed by the colonies,” Left Bank is sure to satisfy any appetite craving a taste for modern French bistro fare. On the weekends the restaurant even sets up a crepe station where traditional sweet and savoury crepes are prepared and perfectly cooked on a circular hot plate.
Aside from tasty crepes Left Bank also offers a variety of small brunch plates, which are ideal for those who wish to sample something light or perhaps want to share tapas style and include: fresh grapefruit brulee, scrambled egg on chipotle corn bread muffin, vegetarian cassoulet and bacon and mushroom toast topped with a fried egg and hollandaise sauce just to name a few.
For something more substantial, there are a range of tempting larger plates featuring: omelettes, poached eggs with wilted spinach, tomato and quinoa salad, smoked salmon eggs benedict, chicken salad and the Left Bank Breakfast, a hearty dish consisting of two poached eggs, grilled chorizo or crispy pork belly, hash brown, tomato salsa and sourdough toast ($14).
Brunch goers who are hungry for something a little more unique should dig into the Left Bank’s Shakshuka, a dish that combines both French and Moroccan styles of cooking and comprises of two perfectly runny baked eggs and a red pepper and caramelized onion hash finished with a raita dressing. The flavours achieved in this plentiful dish are robust and simply superb!
Like the menu the French theme extends to the restaurant’s décor. Left Bank’s easy open space, which is simple and modern in design (think neutral greys, textured white walls and natural timber finishes) has been tastefully appointed with thoughtful prints of French style and elegance.
The atmosphere is undeniably French too, in that relaxed yet sophisticated Parisian sidewalk café kind of way. French servers of course add to the whole dining experience too, as do the funky background tunes and comfortable seating options, which extend to the restaurant’s 35 seat lane way patio, a popular place to grab a table and enjoy an alfresco meal in the warmer months.
Overall, Left Bank ticks all the right boxes as a must-try brunch spot (who knows it might become a regular fav): it’s laid-back and casual, the space is both bright and inviting, the service friendly and attentive, and the food, while wonderfully French in origin is simple and more importantly delicious.
Address: 751 Denman Street
Hours: Brunch served Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Open for dinner in the evenings Monday through to Sunday 4:30 p.m. until late
UPDATE 10/15/15: Left Bank has closed down.
All photos by Jess Fleming