We’re taking a tasty tour of Vancouver’s many brunches to create The Ultimate Vancouver Brunch Guide. This week we’re digging into a delicious Mexican-inspired late-morning meal at La Mezcaleria.
Commercial Drive’s ever-popular Mexican cantina, La Mezcaleria has recently doubled with a second location.
Replacing Nicli’s Next Door at 68 East Cordova Street in Gastown, La Mezcaleria not only brings with it an adventurous and refined evening menu, but it also delivers a sensational brunch come the weekend.
The brunch menu features dishes inspired by traditional Mexican recipes, as well as Mexican riffs on American brunch classics. La Mezcaleria’s regular menu is also available for those who simply can’t help themselves.
Brunch-goers can chow down on the Salmon con Tequila Benny (toasted English muffin topped with tequila and citrus cured salmon, two poached eggs, and chipotle Hollandaise sauce), Chilaquiles (house tortilla chips smothered in salsa verde with refried black beans and a sunny side up egg), and the home-style classic Huevos Con Chorizo (two scrambled free-range eggs with ground chorizo).
Diners who want to try a typically Mexican breakfast should tuck into the Huevos Divorciados, also known as Divorced Eggs. This dish, which is composed of two sunny side up free-range eggs separated or rather “divorced” by refried beans, offers brunch enthusiasts the best of both worlds by dishing up one egg covered in salsa ranchera and the other with salsa verde.
If that wasn’t enough, the eggs are presented atop two corn tortillas with strips of deliciously crisp bacon. Guac and homemade hash browns, which have just the right amount of fat, salt, and crunch, can be ordered on the side for some extra gratifying results.
Also on the menu, Pan Francés (French toast) otherwise known as a sweet tooth’s dream. Thick, pillowy brioche slices are topped with bananas, dark rum and agave salted caramel sauce, candied pecans, Chantilly cream, and fresh strawberries and gooseberries.
Speaking of sweet treats, those who have room for dessert should make a point to order the Pan de Elote (a sweet corn cake). Served in a cast iron skillet, this simple yet delicious flourless cake is moist and flaunts a subtle vanilla flavouring. Topped with a scoop of ice cream and pecans this treat is sure to hit the spot.
Drink wise, La Mezcaleria offers a range of enticing libations, including a Mezcal Mimosa, which is dangerously easy to drink. Non-boozy drinks include freshly squeezed OJ, a pineapple and avocado smoothie, hotchata, and more.
Address: 68 East Cordova Street, Vancouver