The Apron – Breakfast at the Westin Wall Centre
The Apron is a chic little lounge/restaurant located just off the lobby of the Westin Wall Centre in Richmond and was previously extolled for being graced by the presence of creative Executive Chef Hamid Salimian. Chef Hamid has since returned to Diva at the Met (see our post here) so no doubt, some of the menu items have changed since then.
I came by here for breakfast one Saturday morning because, let’s face it, there’s not a whole lot of non-Chinese breakfast options in Richmond. If you’re not planning on having dim sum, you’re almost all out of luck.
The first thing that I noticed when coming here was that it was a little difficult to find. But as I’ve mentioned in the past, I’ve always had problems navigating around Richmond.
I’ve previously read on their website stating that they have complimentary parking available. When I arrived and read the instructions in the parking lot, it said that patrons of The Apron only had to go to the front desk to get a parking pass. So I was a little taken aback when I went to the front desk and they told me that I had to pay for parking. If that wasn’t bad enough, the parking was $3 per hour (that’s expensive even for Vancouver standards).
In any case, because it was morning time, I think there were a lot of check-ins and check-outs in the lobby. As I walked through the lobby, I couldn’t help but notice that there were some tourists trapped in the revolving door (I’m guessing it might be one of those automatic revolving doors and they didn’t know how to use it).
I started out my breakfast with a Tazo Berryblossom White Tea ($3). The restaurant wasn’t very busy – from the looks of it, most of the patrons were hotel guests grabbing a quick bite before they had to leave. The bright lime green chairs really popped against the backdrop of the brown walls and tables.
I picked the Corned Beef Hash ($14) served with 2 poached eggs on top of a round patty-shaped mixture of shredded hash browns and corned beef in addition to a serving of multigrain toast, half a tomato, and a dollop of crème fraiche.
I also picked up a side of Crisp Smoked Bacon ($4). Contrary to the menu description, the bacon wasn’t too crispy. I think the problem was that the rashers of bacon were sitting in a small pool of oil on the plate it was served in. If the bacon slices were properly patted down to remove any excess grease, they probably would have been crispier.
Speaking of oil… at first I thought the presentation of my breakfast looked pretty good. But then I noticed the large amount of oil that had pooled up at the bottom of the plate. I’m not sure if it was supposed to be there or if they just didn’t drain the hash brown mixture, but there was enough oil in the plate that the pieces of toast started to sop up some of the liquids.
Fortunately, the food tasted pretty good despite all of the oil. The eggs burst open to reveal a bright orange runny yolk and coated the hash brown mixture.
It’s funny… the large amount of oil on the plate reminded me of typical Chinese food. Also, because the restaurant is located right next to the lobby, there was quite a loud din coming from hotel guests coming and going… it sounded like the I was sitting in a dim sum restaurant… which is exactly what I was trying to avoid this morning.
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Posted on October 26, 2012, in Breakfast, Restaurant Review, West Coast and tagged Bacon, Breakfast, Corned Beef Hash, Food, restaurant review, Richmond, Richmond Central. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.