My fellow foodies and I (#yvrfoodclub) went for brunch at Belgard Kitchen to celebrate two of our birthdays (one was mine!) The restaurant was consistently busy, even as the menu transitioned from brunch to lunch. Unfortunately, they ran out of the Belgard Meatball Brunch Skillet, which was what I wanted to order, so I ended up getting the Belgard Brunch Burger instead. I love brioche buns so that was a plus! I also got to try some of the Belgard Bacon which was thick-cut and sweet from the maple caramel it was served with. Everything tasted good and I loved the interior of the restaurant! I’ll be back to try the Meatball Skillet!
Presented by vaneats.ca, SaladDate runs from November 10, 2014 – January 10, 2015 with limited passes available for $22.
The SaladDate package includes
1. Your choice of any Carvery Salad
2. Your choice of any Gourmet Sandwich
3. Your choice of two items “sides” (wine, soup of the day or bottled/fountain drinks)
My visit to SaladWorks in Yaletown consisted of prompt, friendly service and my meal was served to me within a couple minutes.
I ordered the Grilled Malibu Chicken Carvery Salad: free range lemon herb chicken, strawberries, grapes, sunflower seeds, avocado, shredded carrots, avocado vinaigrette dressing. The salad came with a pretty decent amount of chicken on top!
Garlic Roasted Porchetta Gourmet Sandwich: oven roasted BC free range natural pork loin seasoned with herbs and garlic, sriracha mayo drizzle, pickled carrot, red onion and fennel, hot banana peppers. I loved how they grilled the bread to give it that roasted, barbequed flavour and the porchetta was really flavourful. The sriracha mayo was a perfect sauce to go with the pork.
Their soup of the day was Tomato Roasted Corn Soup: tomatoes and roasted poblano pepepers, in a special mix with parmesan, basil and garlic. This soup was hearty and very flavourful. The poblano peppers really added depth to the flavour of the soup.
I also had a GoodDrink Green Tea with lemon and honey.
This package is a good deal for the price as normally all of these individual items would easily add up to over $22. I personally found the meal portion to be quite large, and was only able to eat about half of the food (I was able to save the other half for my dinner!) Overall I was very happy with the meal I had and would definitely go back!
My first time having Korean Grilled Pork Belly (“Samgyeopsal”) I was super excited to finally try it after months of my friend telling me we would go together one day. Technically in Burquitlam, it wasn’t as far from the city Vancouver as I had expected. I love Korean flavours, so having grilled pork belly, onions, garlic, and kimchi all wrapped in lettuce was right up my alley! We ordered duck breast to grill as well and the meat was tender and tasty. They had some of my favourite side dishes (“banchan”), the sweet potatoes, bean sprouts, pickled radish, and of course kimchi!
My first visit to Hawksworth was made possible by attending Brunch Club- their 2 for 1 Brunch special they offer on holiday long weekends. I don’t often eat at “fancy” restaurants, 1) because my wallet really wouldn’t be able to handle that, and 2) I’ve often found that just because a restaurant is higher priced and “more fancy” it doesn’t necessarily mean that they serve better food. My overall opinion: the food is good, but not fantastic- with all of the hype Hawksworth has gotten, I expected a lot more. I probably would have been even more disappointed with the food if I’d had to pay full price for the food. I preferred my boyfriend’s burger and fries over the steak and eggs I had ordered. No complaints, but I was expecting more.
Of course, after our meal I had to go next door to Bel Cafe for some macarons for dessert. I liked the flavours (Passionfruit and Cookies And Cream were my favourites), but Thierry’s texture still trumps anyone else!
The Meat Lovers for 2 ($55) is around the same price for an all you can eat dinner. Even though the food isn’t “unlimited” and you may not end up getting as much food, I would choose to eat here over an AYCE barbeque place because I prefer quality over quantity. This option is for those who love meat and want to try a lot of their different kinds of meat. To be honest, I can’t remember which was my favourite, but they were all good anyways!
I’ve always loved every meal I’ve had at any Guu location, and this location was no exception! As always, everything was tasty, cooked well, and I had great service. This location is definitely the most quiet one as I’ve never had to wait for a table. One downside is that they don’t have my favourite item at the Gastown location- the Mushroom & Cheese Bibimbap. Also, their Sashimi Salad was slightly different than the Gastown location in that they served the sashimi in larger pieces rather than smaller, easier to eat pieces. Other than that, no complaints! My favourite thing was the Scallop Carpaccio, but that may be because I’m a scallop junkie.
Creme Brulee is one of my all-time favourite desserts. The first time I tried creme brulee was on a cruise ship, and the crunchy, crackled caramel topping with the soft custard below instantly became my favourite. I love how you have to crack through the topping- it reminds me of tapping on a boiled egg to get to the inside. Crackle creme boasts a variety of flavoured creme brulees such as Tahitian Vanilla Bean and Organic Matcha. I had the Pandan Coconut Creme Brulee and I loved that you could definitely taste the coconut!
They also sell made-to-order liege waffles with your pick of ice cream. I chose Earl Grey ice cream, and the waffle was made in true liege style, with sugar chunks and a caramelized exterior.
I had the day off today, and decided to go to dim sum! I don’t go very often although it’s one of my favourite meals to eat…I see it as the Chinese equivalent to “brunch” and who doesn’t like brunch? My must-orders are always Shiu Mai, Pan Fried Eggplant with Shrimp Paste, and Steamd Rice Rolls with Prawns, although I honestly don’t think there’s a single item on a dim sum menu that I don’t like. Portion-wise, all of the dumplings are much bigger than at most dim sum places, and I thought the prices were very decent. It got pretty busy with people waiting outside around 11am, so I’m glad I went early at 10am. My favourite thing turned out to be the sticky rice (no surprise, I love rice!). I’ve had dinner here before as well, and enjoyed the food.
My nth time at Earnest Ice Cream, it still never ceases to surprise me with their new creative flavours and consistently smooth, creamy ice cream. I love that their vegan options are just as tasty as the other flavours, and that they use local milk, cream and eggs. They also offer sundaes now, which change with the different flavours they offer and the different seasons!
My favourite flavours are London Fog, Pumpkin Pie, Cardamom, Salted Caramel, and Lavender.
In the heart of Yaletown, The Parlour is a great place for brunch, or any other meal, with creative pizza flavours and options. Their regular (non breakfast) pizzas have the option of ordering two flavours (half and half) and all of their pizzas have gluten free pizza crust options. Their ingredient combinations are out of the box but all sound very tasty, and although I haven’t tried their other food options, I will be back one day to try them out!