If you asked me what my favourite poke restaurant is, I would tell you it’s Pacific Poke! While there are other poke spots that come close to being my favourite, Pacific Poke has been my tried and true favourite. I like their topping combinations (I really like The Main and The Keefer) and I think they’re fairly priced, are a good-sized portion and I’ve always had a good experience dining there.
I partnered up with PP for a Holiday Giveaway, and although it’s already over, I thought I would share some photos of the poke bowl that was created by one of the chefs.
Brunch at Ask For Luigi! Popular, good reviews from many people I’ve spoken to, and always busy. I attempted to go a couple of times earlier in 2014 but didn’t want to have to wait a long time to be seated. I really wanted to try their dinner menu, but one day decided to go for brunch. I went right when it opened, and was luckily seated immediately. The restaurant filled up quite quickly, and had I gone 20 minutes later, I would have had to wait. Smaller than I had imagined, it’s cute and cozy inside. I don’t normally associate pasta with brunch, but I knew that I had to try their pasta! I was curious about their noodle textures and was pleasantly surprised. My noodles were truly al dente, a lot firmer than most places serve their pasta, but I appreciated the fact that they were cooked properly. I’m a pasta connoisseur, but it felt right if that makes any sense. The pasta flavours were also very good. My favourite item was the meatballs, but as you may or may not know, I’ve got a thing for meatballs. The pork belly, although tasty, I felt like I could have done without having it. I will be back for the dinner menu one day!
Having been to the food cart, I knew that I would love Yolk’s Restaurant. I’d had their breakfast sandwich and loved it! Here, with only a 15 minute wait (I had expected longer) I was seated and served quickly and efficiently despite being a full house. My boyfriend had the Chicken & Waffles, and I chose the Two Poached Eggs with Double Smoked Bacon, Aged White Cheddar, Benedict Style open-faced on an English Muffin with Truffle Lemon Hashbrowns. The chicken was crispy and the waffle was moist and flavourful. The egg sandwich was tasty and the truffle lemon hashbrowns were some of the best hashbrowns I’ve ever had! I personally love truffle, so truffle on anything makes me instantly like it!
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!
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.
1020 Main St, Vancouver, BC
Brunch Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays 10:30am-2:00pm
Food Rating: 9/10
Having been to Campagnolo for dinner, and loving it, I knew I would like Campagnolo Upstairs for brunch. They offer quite a number of things on their menu- entrees as well as pastries and side dishes.
I ordered the fried chicken with biscuits and can honestly say it was one of the best fried chickens I’ve ever had. I love a crunchy, crispy skin and moist meat. I also loved that it came topped with a fried egg!
I had brunch with the YVRFoodClub (a food club consisting of myself and some fellow Vancouver Instagram foodie accounts) and had a great time (as always) laughing, trying each other’s food, and of course, shamelessly taking pictures from every possible angle!