West Restaurant – Sunday Brunch
Back in December, we were really trying to avoid the local malls because we knew they would be packed full of shoppers. Fortunately, Vancouver has lots of shopping areas besides germ-riddled malls… such as Granville Street. I’ve never really noticed West Restaurant nestled amongst the other stores before as the exterior is a bit understated.
Our Sunday brunch started with complimentary bread (2 types: potato bread and chive bread), butter and evoo. We know that bread is a filler but we couldn’t help from polishing this off.
As I’m sitting here writing this post (over a month after our visit), the thing that sticks out in my memory is the impeccable service. I don’t believe we had to ask for anything… they anticipated our needs and were quick and unobtrusive. For example, after we finished our bread, they brought us out another serving without us even requesting it.
Since it was Christmas time, we picked the 3 Course Holiday Menu for $35 to share and added some more food.
The Coronation Dried Grape and Agassiz Hazelnut soup was part of the Holiday Menu with the soup being poured over the dried grapes and powdered hazelnut at the table (nice presentation).
Also on the Holiday Menu was the Braised Turkey Canneloni with cranberry gel and brown butter vinaigrette.
We also ordered the Short Rib Hash ($17) served with Helmers Farm potatoes, mushrooms, foccacia toast, and perfectly poached eggs. I love how the eggs are slightly translucent and that you can see the orange yolks beneath… almost daring you to pop them open to reveal their runny goodness all over the hash.
I’m glad that I ordered the side of Crispy Pork Belly ($8) – not because the food wasn’t filling… it was really good. The thick piece of pork belly had a wonderful texture due to the contrasting nature of the pork fat and the cooking process.
Our Holiday Menu ended with the Dark Chocolate Bavarios – dark chocolate almond cake topped with toasted blackberry marshmallow, chocolate mousse, and chunky hazelnut ice cream (normally $14).
Since the rest of our meal tasted so good, we added the Frozen Lemon Mousse with milk chocolate lemon confit ganache, chocolate genoise custard and lemon rice pudding ($12.50). I’ve had rice pudding before but never anything like this. And despite all of the lemon aspects of this dessert, it wasn’t overpowering or too tart.
They even brought us out these complimentary peppermint truffles (they’re green on the inside) after we were done.
Great food, even better service… what more could you ask for?
2881 Granville Street
Posted on March 1, 2013, in Brunch, Desserts, North American, Restaurant Review, West Coast and tagged Brunch, Crispy Pork Belly, Desserts, Fairview, Food, restaurant review, Short Rib Hash, Vancouver, West Coast. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.