The Union is a fusion restaurant located by the edge of Chinatown. The inside is very spacious, and it has a casual and vibrant feel.
For our late brunch, we ordered a couple of dishes and a drink.
Cha Yen – $5
As stated on the menu, this is a concoction of lychee black tea, coconut milk, pandan syrup, and a couple of spices: star anise and cardamom.
Though it was refreshing, this drink was lacking in sweetness. We could taste the fruitiness, but not so much the spices.
Bao Bun Bennies – $14
The Bao Buns were special. I would describe them as a mix between Western bread and Chinese buns; quite soft and slightly sweet.
We chose to order smoked salmon to go with our Bao Bun Bennies. You couldn’t really go wrong with the classic pairing of salmon and dill. This dish also came with asparagus; which was a nice, healthy addition 🙂 The side potatoes were crispy and dusted with curry powder.
This is a pleasant place to sit down for a Sunday brunch. The ambiance is vibrant, clean, bright (thanks to natural sunlight), and spacious (love the high ceiling!). We were also greeted by enthusiastic servers.
You could order just about any brunch food here – from savory to sweet, from traditional to “fusion”, and from light to heavy. Have a looksie!
We ordered the following two dishes:
Duck Eggs Benedict – $18
You could choose to have either English muffins or rosti potato. We chose the latter because we think potatoes are more interesting. 😛 The main ingredient, duck confit, was more tender and moist than we imagined. Though it was flavourful, we found it to be slightly over-seasoned (a bit too salty), but it still meshed well with the potatos and the perfectly poached eggs. The kale on the side (lightly cooked) brought a healthy balance to the dish. Continue reading →
Address: 2095 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5N 4B1
Here comes another brunch review! This time, the Molangs came to the Tangent Cafe on Commercial Drive (aka “The Drive”). We were attracted by Tangent Cafe because they advertised themselves as a Malaysian-fusion restaurant. Little did we know, the 99% of their Malaysian-inspired dishes are for lunch/dinner only 😛 No biggie, let’s check out their brunch offerings anyway!
Smoked Meat Hash – $13
I love breakfast/brunch food that you can eat with a single fork (i.e. minimal effort)! 😀 The hash consisted of Montreal smoked meat, potatoes, onions, and red peppers. It was so satisfying to eat. For an extra layer of texture, mix in the egg yolks. Combined with the fruit and bread (of your choice), this was a well-balanced dish to start our weekend. Continue reading →
The Molangs were back in Whistler for the long weekend! This time, we stayed at the Summit Lodge (highly recommended boutique hotel, by the way). On Sunday morning, we decided to have breakfast at one of the restaurants downstairs – Elements Urban Tapas Parlour.
We ordered hearty dishes that jump started our day!
Baked frittata – $14
This was hot and soft in the middle, and caramelized slightly on the outside. We ordered the one with pancetta, roasted red peppers, and goat cheese. The goat cheese was a bit strong, but the flavour combination with other ingredients worked well. Don’t be fooled by the picture, the frittata alone was deceptively filling.
On the side was a potato tartlet. It was a large, fancy tater tot with a delicious chive sour cream to balance.
Every breakfast dish came with a refreshing shot of fruit smoothie (in our case, it was raspberry). We thought this was a neat little addition to our breakfast. Continue reading →
Rewster is conveniently located in Downtown Nanaimo. There’s plenty of free side street parking nearby 🙂
The interior of the restaurant is very spacious. They can easily host 100+ patrons. The high ceiling and modern decor makes it a comfortable place to dine.
Our server was courteous, and she explained their menu concept. Rewster aims to provide modernized classics using locally sourced ingredients. Whether it is vegetables, fish, or meat, everything is grown, harvested/caught, or raised on Vancouver Island.
For our brunch, we ordered two eggs benedicts.
Crab (cakes) – $18
It looks and tastes fancy. Eggs were poached to order. The mini fries were very delicate. Crab cake was light, but flavourful when combined with the hollandaise sauce. We were a bit taken off guard by the lack of substantial carbs, i.e. an English muffin or equivalent.
Salmon Tempura – $17
I would call this fancy fish and chips (without the chips). The salmon was moist and delicious. The batter was light and not overly crispy/hard. The sauce and the garnishes are mostly the same as the ones for the crab cake. Instead of thin fries, I got pickled radishes. This dish is more of an East-West fusion (something you could already tell from the name).
Molang Scores & Verdict
Tasty and healthy food, but we felt like we had fancy appetizers instead of a proper brunch.
Location: 2296 E Hastings Street, Vancouver, BCV5L 1V4
The Red Wagon is a local favourite in the neighbourhood. From 9:00 to noon-ish on any given Saturday, you can expect constant line-ups outside the restaurant. We were told to wait for 20 minutes for a table for two, and we waited exactly… 20 minutes 😛
The Red Wagon is a casual, down-to-earth diner, and this is reflected by their menu.
BBQ Brisket – $14
This is one of the most popular dishes at The Red Wagon. It comes with potatoes, jalapeno cornbread, fatty beef briskets, and eggs (prepared to your liking). Every ingredient is drenched in this tomato-based, tangy and spicy sauce. This dish was certainly heavier than what I’m accustomed to; especially for brunch. The beef brisket was tender, and very satisfying to eat with the sauce. Interestingly, the jalapeno wasn’t spicy at all, and the portion size was a bit too much for me!
(Daily special) Cajun Fish Cakes – $14
The fish cakes resembled a Japanese croquette. It had a light, crispy batter. Inside was a mixture of fish (forgot which kind), mashed potatoes, scallions, and some kind of lemony stuff. This dish also came with two eggs (poached to your preference). In contrast to the beef brisket, the fish cakes, although fried, were much lighter. Then there were more potatoes on the side. Potato overload! Continue reading →
Location: 2452 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, BC7V1L2
This is one of our favourite brunch places. It is conveniently located on Marine Drive in West Vancouver; perfect for a good meal before or after a hike 🙂
As the name of the restaurant suggests, many of the brunch items include truffles! Below were what we ordered:
West Van Omelette ($14)
Very hearty omelette with zucchini, spinach, red pepper, baby spinach, tomatoes, three cheeses (the most prominent one I tasted was mozzarella), and herbs. The outside was lightly brown, and the inside was still warm and moist. Omelette orders also came with toasts, roasted potatoes, and a choice of ham/sausage/turkey sausage. The turkey sausage we had was healthier, and it did not compromise on flavour!
Truffle Crepe ($16)
In contrast to the omelette, the crepe was much more delicate. This dish smelled amazing and tasted even better because of the shaved black truffle and truffle mushroom cream sauce. *Drools*On the side was a refreshing salad with a simple vinaigrette. Out of curiosity, we chose buckwheat crepe instead of white crepe. Compared to the latter, the buckwheat crepe had a bit of a powdery texture as you bite into it.
Molang Scores & Verdict
Can’t go wrong with this place. Great food in a comfortable/quiet setting.