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Feb 28, 2014 09:26 AM

Fabulous brunch spots?

I'm looking for the best brunch spots in Vancouver. I've heard mixed reviews on Cafe Medina. Can anyone recommend others? Will be visiting in March.


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  1. Red wagon - not as refined as cafe medina and maybe not fabulous depending on your definition, but some decent eats. Long line ups.

    Yolks. Also on Hastings.

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    1. re: jmil

      Vancouver is a bit of a breaky/brunch wasteland, I fear. I usually recommend doing dim sum but understand you may be looking for a more western way to break your fast.

      With jmil on Red Wagon -- it is the only place I bother with for breakfast these days. You note I say breakfast, because I generally go before opening on a weekday. Don't even try to go on a weekend, seriously. The lineups are stupid, and you're on a busy street, waiting for the small number of tables they have to turn.

      I've only had Yolks at the farmers market so can't comment on the bricks and mortar. I'd be intrigued to see how the d├ęcor compares to when it was the Brave Bull.

      Medina is inconsistent, per the OP's reading, and that I can't abide. I used to love the back room there, especially on a sunny day. The front room is just a cramped cave.

      I would like to try Burdock and Co's brunch, as it looks appealing, but I haven't made it in yet.

      I do like reading this blogger's write-ups: -- hope springs eternal that I will find *the* breaky/brunch spot, and I wish you the best of luck.

      1. re: grayelf

        How about Provence in Yaletown? Their food is maybe not amazing (don't remember) but at least the view is nice. Also, Lift? same shit, re: food, but view and patio?

        1. re: brokentelephone

          Views at Provence and Lift are good, food is not, IMO.

    2. For pricey, fancy brunch, I've tried Farmer's Apprentice and Burdock & Co, and enjoyed them both. Some pics and commentary here:

      I like these places because they're doing something a bit different from the usual heavy comfort food.

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      1. re: flowbee

        Ack, how did I not know Farmers Apprentice is doing brunch on Saturdays? That would be worth checking out, based on our dinner there last October. Here's a writeup from Scout with some details and more pix that I obviously missed as well:

        I wonder if they take brunch resos (another pet peeve of mine is that so many places here don't).

        flowbee, you mentioned you had brunch at Tuc Craft Kitchen the week before in your FA writeup. I considered adding it to my post above, but our breaky there with 4 people was uneven, as were our two dinners with 4 and 2 diners. What did you think of it?

        1. re: grayelf

          Oh yeah! Tuc!

          Totally forgot. Of the three things that I had there, all three were good ;) But it was a heavy meat overload brunch for me that day... I do want to try their dinner.

      2. It may not be a popular recommendation but I've really enjoyed the brunch at Italian Kitchen.

        I also like Dockside on Granville Island - a bit expensive but there is always space, the view is lovely, service is good and they take reservations. Also a tip for anyone with little diners in tow, their kids menu is a steal and they have the wrap around fish tank below the open kitchen counter to keep little ones occupied.

        1. A friend and I hit the (fairly) newly reno'd Locus on Main a couple weeks ago and to our surprise enjoyed it rather a lot. Neither of us had been their for a couple years, in the past the food was never consistent etc. Apparently with the new reno came a new chef. I had the Benny of the day and she has a different benny (don't remember which) and both were solid. I'd go back, especially with a varied group, the menu was large for brunch. I also love what they did with the room and the bar and the open kitchen.

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          1. re: starlady

            Nice one, starlady, and good to see your handle again. Do you think Locus would be okay with a small person? It used to be kinda dark and forbidding but it sounds like it's changed a lot.

          2. I've always enjoyed Paul's Place Omelettery on Granville. Cozy, casual, reasonable prices, and they do everything well when it comes to eggs. Great drip coffee. You can hang for hours and not feel pressured to free up your table. And good service too.

            Chef Meme Baguette Bistro (Hastings, Burnaby) is another great place ! Of course, there I'd be tempted to just linger after I've finished my brunch and order lunch too. Their duck confit omelet is to die for.

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            1. re: LotusRapper

              I went to Paul's once and was disgusted. The place is so shitty and dirty, or at least it was probably 9 years ago. That said, I used to be an insufferable snob so maybe it's fine, who knows?

              1. re: brokentelephone

                And 9 years later, what kind of snob are you now ? ;-)

                1. re: LotusRapper

                  I don't hate Paul's but I don't love it. The food is solid but it suffers from the toonie-too-much syndrome. I do find myself there occasionally because it opens (and closes) early. Haven't noticed any tidiness issues recently, but they did spruce it up a few years ago.