With so many spots in the city to grab a Caesar and an Eggs Benny on the weekend, the decision on where to brunch can be a little overwhelming. However, if you’re keen to head out of the downtown core, you should make a point to visit Kitsilano, where you’ll find a smorgasbord of eateries, dishing up a range of appetizing brunch plates that will guarantee your weekend starts off right.
Here’s our list of Kitsilano’s best brunches.
With a simple yet generous menu, an enticing cocktail list, smiley service and a positively clean, modern space, AnnaLena is a great nook to enjoy a spot of weekend brunch, especially for those who are constantly on the hunt for more Eggs Benny options.
Address: 1809 West 1st Avenue
Hours: Brunch served Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
The Oakwood Canadian Bistro
Serving a range of brunch favourites, along with some unique alternatives, The Oakwood proudly dishes up an array of tempting West Coast and Pacific Northwest cuisine. Brunch goers can choose between a variety of temptations, like confit tuna with smoked aioli, smoke ham hock Benedict with a creamy parmesan dill Hollandaise, and a lip-smacking banana bread French toast.
Address: 2741 West 4th Avenue
Hours: Brunch served Saturday and Sundays, from 10 a.m to 2:45 p.m.
Showcasing local, wholesome ingredients and delivering fresh flavours in a casual and non-pretentious setting, Fable dishes up one of the tastiest weekend brunches in the city, let alone Kits. The menu is concise and features a range of appetizing plates, including the wildly popular pulled pork Johnny Cakes, a range of Eggs Benedict accompanied by an olive oil Hollandaise, a garden omelette, and French toast topped with mascarpone, candied walnuts and seasonal preserves.
Address: 1944 West 4th Avenue
Hours: Brunch served Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Bistro Pastis has been treating patrons to its classic French bistro fare for over 15 years, and come the weekend dishes up an enticing brunch time spread. Diners who visit the West 4th locale, can expect to discover a range of French-inspired dishes (salade Niçoise of grilled albacore tuna, baby red potatoes, haricots vert and black olive vinaigrette), in additional to a handful of brunch time essentials, like Eggs Benny.
Address: 2153 West 4th Avenue
Hours: Brunch served Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thai House Restaurant
Offered every weekend, the All-You-Can-Eat brunch menu at Thai House is a great way to test out the restaurant’s various offerings. There’s soup, an array of appetizers (lettuce wraps, vegetarian spring rolls, and deep fried calamari), main plates (featuring chicken, beef and veggies), noodles, rice dishes, and dessert, which you can munch away on until your heart’s content.
Address: 1766 West 7th Avenue
Hours: All-you-can-eat brunch served Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m.
Casual and comforting, that’s what diners can expect from the brunch plates offered at this bustling neighbourhood joint. To begin, patrons can choose between chopped avocado on toast, homemade granola, baked ricotta with drizzled honey, and an Italian breakfast (cured meats, parmesan, soft boiled egg and olives). More substantial plates include a frittata of the day, egg dishes with homemade sausage or pork ragu, pancakes, and more.
Address: 525 Yew Street
Hours: Brunch served Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m.
Those on the lookout for a weekend brunch service inspired by the cuisine of France should make a point to drop by Au Comptoir on West 4th. With pastries, a soupe du jour, artisan cured meats, a house-smoked salmon and leek terrine, omelettes and more, Au Comptoir dishes up a positively French dining experience.
Address: 2278 West 4th Avenue
Hours: Brunch served Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.