This week’s brunch outing was to the Twisted Fork Bistro on Granville St, downtown Vancouver. This is another popular small brunch place that requires a bit of a wait for a table (especially for a group of 6).
I had the Gruyere baked eggs with sourdough toast, bacon, rosti, tomato and baked beans.
This made for a fantastic brunch – the bread and jam were a nice accompaniment, the beans were tasty, but the highlight of this dish was of course the baked eggs – especially when eaten with a little of the bacon. It was like a very good egg and bacon pie without the unnecessary pastry.
What’s better than brunch? A brunch with bier at BierCraft!
After considerable deliberation I selected a Mc Chouffe as my brunch bier. This is a Belgian Strong Ale brewed by Brasserie d’Achouffe in Achouffe, Belgium. ABV is 8%.
This bier pours a good cloudy brown with a decent beige head. The aroma is raisins, figs, honey, jasmine. It is full bodied, sweet on the palate with a long, slightly floral finish. Taste is honey, dates, figs, caramel.
I very much enjoyed this bier, and because it was on the sweet side it paired very well with my meal – the Oktoberfest Breakfast.
The Oktoberfest Breakfast consists of pancake-batter wrapped sausages, scrambled eggs, potatoes, and of course maple syrup. Everything about this was delicious and it definitely makes for a good bier-accompanied brunch.
I really enjoy brunch on the weekends, so there was no hesitation when some friends invited me to join them at Cafe Medina in downtown Vancouver. This is quite a popular brunch destination and so there was quite a wait outside before we were seated. It turned out to be definitely worth the wait though.
There were a lot of tasty (and mainly French inspired) choices on the brunch menu. I decided on the Canard Confit – shredded duck meat, roasted yam, mushrooms, sautéed onions, tomatoes, greens and a fried egg to top it off.
The dish was absolutely delicious, the different flavours of the ingredients coming together in harmony to the delight of my tastebuds.
To follow this dish I shared a Belgian waffle with my wife.
We chose the Salted Caramel sauce to accompany the waffle. The waffle was warm and tasty – although not quite as awesome as the fresh hot waffles we’ve had from street vendors in Belgium. However, when dipped in the caramel sauce it made for a divine dessert that left us both wishing we’d ordered one each rather than sharing.