8 new brunches to check out in Vancouver

Jun 2 2016, 6:34 am

Brunch is serious business in Vancouver. Come the weekend restaurants around the city are chock-a-block full of people sipping on mimosas and getting their Eggs Benny fix.

Yes, regular haunts can provide a comforting and familiar menu, but why not switch up your weekend routine and check out one of these restaurants listed below, which have recently launched their own brunch service.

Bao Down Gastrpub + Raw Bar

The Hot Stuff (Jess Fleming / Daily Hive)

The Hot Stuff (Jess Fleming / Daily Hive)

Gastown’s wildly popular Bao Down has recently opened the doors to a sister location on West 2nd Avenue. Not only does the Olympic Village locale bring to the table a wide range of innovative plates, it also offers an inviting and laid back space to kick back and enjoy a a late-morning brunch with friends. With funky tunes playing in the background, sublime cocktails, terrific bao buns, and a neon-coloured street art wall mural, Bao Down offers a setting and menu not found elsewhere in the city.

Address: 115 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-620-5226
Twitter: @baodowngastro

Nicli Antica Pizzeria

Pizza lovers look no further, Nicli Antica Pizzeria has joined the brunch brigade. As of March, this Gastown eatery is now serving its own variation on brunch on both Saturday and Sunday. Think wood-fired oven pizza adorned with bacon, sausage, and farm fresh eggs. Yum!

Address: 62 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-669-6985
Twitter: @NicliPizzeria


Royal Velvet Mimosa (Jess Fleming / Daily Hive)

Royal Velvet Mimosa (Jess Fleming / Daily Hive)

Water Street’s intimate champagne and dessert bar Mosquito has recently launched its first dedicated brunch menu, flaunting sophisticated twists and European influences. Under the guidance of Chef Jefferson Alvarez, brunch at Mosquito is a delicious and uncomplicated affair. Once seated, patrons are greeted with a concise list of five expertly-crafted dishes, some of which boast distinctively Spanish flavours, while others showcase more classic American breakfast tastes.

Address: 32 Water Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-398-3188
Twitter: @mosquitodessert

WildTale Coastal Grill

On March 12, WildTale Coastal Grill launched its very own brunch service. Come Saturday and Sunday, the seafood-focused eatery from John Crook and Erik Heck (owners of The Flying Pig restaurants) serves up oyster Po’boys, house-smoked salmon, an egg white frittata, fried chicken and waffles, maple-glazed bacon, and more.

Address: 1079 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-428-9211
Twitter: @wildtalevan

Sai Woo

Fried Rice (Jess Fleming / Daily Hive)

Fried Rice (Jess Fleming / Daily Hive)

Already popular for their sophisticated meld of Asian and European dinnertime dishes, it’s only logical that Sai Woo would add Sunday brunch to its offerings. Chef Keev Mah and Sous Chef Brandon Pham debuted Sai Woo’s brunch service on Valentine’s Day 2016, and since then have been dishing up a range of mouthwatering temptations. Some dishes present thoughtful takes on long-established brunch favs, while others boast distinct Asian-inspired flavours. The fried rice comes highly recommended.

Address: 158 East Pender Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-568-1117
Twitter: @doyousaiwoo


The focus at Chris Whittaker’s new gastropub Timber is on approachable, family-friendly, Canadian fare. At the weekend the laid back eatery offers a range of brunch items in addition to their regular menu. Dig into buckwheat pancakes served with Gelderman Farms bacon, sunny side eggs, and maple syrup; sourdough toast topped with foraged and cultivated mushrooms; a Croque Madame, and more.

Address: 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-661-2166
Twitter: @TimberVancouver

Grotto Italian

Brunch pizzas at Grotto (Jess Fleming / Daily Hive)

Brunch pizzas at Grotto (Jess Fleming / Daily Hive)

Since opening its door late last year, Grotto continues to deliver classic Italian-inspired eats to the West End. During the week patrons can expect to find an uncomplicated menu, featuring antipasti, pasta, pizza, and a variety of enticing main plates. From 10:30 am on both Saturday and Sunday the restaurant offers a casual brunch menu listing an array of enticing options, like a crisp breakfast pizza topped with bacon, potato, and egg.

Address: 1725 Davie Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-620-1998

The Blind Sparrow

This casual Denman Street haunt plans to start serving weekend brunch from April 30 onwards. Patrons can expect to find a straightforward brunch menu featuring a range of Eggs Benedict renditions, which will be offered alongside more traditional breakfast options, like bacon and eggs. When the sun in shining patrons will be able enjoy an alfresco late-morning meal out on the laneway patio.

Address: 751 Denman Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-687-1418
Twitter: @theblindsparrow

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