The Truffle House & Cafe – Weekend Brunch

The Truffle House & Cafe is a popular little boutique restaurant/coffee shop located in Dundarave in West Vancouver that serves a combination of French, Italian, and West Coast specialties.  There aren’t that many seats so it can get pretty busy… especially during brunch.

Did I say “brunch”?  Yup!  Who doesn’t love brunch?  While their website says that they serve Sunday Brunch, we were pleasantly surprised when we visited on a Saturday morning and were presented their brunch menu.

Their soup of the day was a creamy Split Pea and Ham Soup (1/2 order shown).   The soup would have been much better if it was hotter.  It took a while for our order to come, which was a bit surprising because they don’t have many tables in the cafe.

The Pain au Chocolat was served warm and flaky.  I love how the chocolate was just lightly melted on the inside.

It’s good that the soup and croissant came out separately first because it took a while for the rest of our brunch items to come out.

The seating is a little cramped so it can be a bit difficult to not overhear your neighbour’s conversation (which can be a bit annoying since I don’t really need to hear another couple argue with each other about why one person un-friended the other person on facebook while I’m eating).

Since this is November and the Lower Mainland, it was a pretty rainy day outside and the tile on the floor was very slippery.

While we waited for our food to come out, there were plenty of things to look at and bide our time… from the large flat screen tv to the large panel of pictures on the wall.

After what seemed an eternity, our brunch items came out along with accompaniments of ketchup, butter, and jam.

Because this place is called The Truffle House, I decided to get the Wild Mushroom Truffle Omelette that comes with 2 eggs, wild mixed mushrooms, black truffle cream, white truffle oil, a choice of ham, turkey sausage, or maple bacon, served with home fried potatoes, and toast.

Now, I don’t have a very refined palate so I’m not sure if I could really distinguish the taste of truffles.  What I can tell  you is that it had an earthly-like taste/aroma to it.  I guess that’s why it’s usually paired with mushrooms so often.  The omelette itself was very good – the eggs were light and fluffy and tasted almost luxurious.

We also had the West Van’s Finest Omelette that similarly gets served with home fried potatoes, toast, your choice of ham, turkey sausage and maple bacon.  Instead of wild mushrooms, you get diced veggies and cheese.  While I felt the toast was a bit hard, the home fried potatoes were perfectly crispy on the exterior and soft on the inside.

Although the service was friendly enough, it was also a bit slow.  Perhaps it was because they were so busy when we went.

Food: 4 / 5
Service: 2.5 / 5

2452 Marine Drive
West Vancouver, BC

www.trufflehousecafe.com

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Posted on November 29, 2011, in Breakfast, Brunch, French, Italian, Restaurant Review and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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