Beachside Forno – Brunch
Beachside Forno is a spacious restaurant located in West Vancouver just steps away from Ambleside Beach. Although it looked pretty sunny outside, we decided against the patio since it was October and a wee bit chilly in the air.
We started with the Ambleside Sunset ($5) and a Green Tea. Our server seemed a bit confused because she brought out an Ambleside Seabreeze (vodka, cranberry and grapefruit juice martini) instead. This isn’t the first restaurant that we’ve dined at that wound up bringing me an alcoholic beverage by mistake… maybe they’re trying to tell me something. To be honest, the martini smelled good but I was more looking forward to the Sunset with the orange juice, blood orange syrup, and soda.
Nothing says brunch like mussels so we ordered up the Salt Spring Mussels with ground chorizo sausage, scallions, capers and tomato puttanesca broth ($17). Mmm… mussels! Not a closed mollusk in the bunch and I have an affinity to capers and their piquant sour and salty taste.
No mussel dish would be complete without fries to dip in the broth… and that’s exactly what we did. The fries were okay… they were thicker and more seasoned than I would have preferred for dipping in the mussel broth (I like plain skinny frites with mussels) but it didn’t stop me from devouring all of the fries.
The Shrimp and Grilled Asparagus Omelette ($14) came out topped with a tomato corn salsa along with a simple side salad, toast, and watermelon slices. The omlette was pretty good but, to be honest, we were getting a little full from the mussels earlier.
I also ordered the Roasted Wild Mushroom Benny ($14) topped with Braised Lamb (an extra $4). The dish also came with watermelon slices and super crispy hash browns. Even though I was getting stuffed, I couldn’t stop myself from enjoying the hash browns. They were even more enjoyable when I broke open the poached eggs to reveal brightly orange runny yolks coating the benny and hash browns.
All in all… a good meal. It was also quite slow during brunch on a Saturday morning. Perhaps people were out enjoying the last sunny weekend before our Fall weather starts.
1362 Marine Drive
West Vancouver, BC
Posted on November 1, 2012, in Breakfast, Brunch, Restaurant Review, Seafood and tagged Ambleside, Breakfast, Brunch, Food, Mussels, restaurant review, Roasted Wild Mushroom Benny, West Vancouver. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.