Our first blog post is a review of Vancouver’s top new restaurants in 2015 – AnnaLena.
Location: 1809 W 1st Ave, Vancouver, BC (Pro-tip: there is free side street parking around the nearby Seaforth Peace Park)
Brunch items here are meant to be shared. The main dishes ($10 each) contain two egg bennys and nothing else. This isn’t a complaint because, instead of stuffing ourselves with hash browns, we had room to order other amazing side dishes!
We ordered two egg bennys: tuna confit and beef brisket. The tuna was light and moist, in terms of texture. Its flavour was on the mild side, but the dill hollandaise sauce gave it a bright kick. On the other hand, the beef brisket was expectedly richer . The meat was tender but not fatty, and it was paired brilliantly with a dijon mustard sauce.
On the side we ordered a banana bread with maple butter ($4). One word to describe this dessert would be: balanced. The bread had the right amount of chewiness, and the butter wasn’t overly sweet or decadent.
We were particular impressed with AnnaLena’s plating. Everything was simple, from the patterns to the colours. The food itself also seemed to carry the same ‘simplicity’ concept. There was no over-the-top extravagance, only the happy marriage of simple ingredients.
With the contemporary decor, spacious seating, an open kitchen, natural lighting, and a young and energetic staff, this restaurant feels vibrant! It is the place to be to jumpstart your lazy weekend. 😛
Molang Scores & Verdict
The hype is real!