Eggspectation (Richmond): Montreal-Based Breakfast Joint
I think I had high “eggspectations” when I first visited this new breakfast eatery that opened up in Richmond late last year. Originally hailing from Montreal, Eggspectation is located in the former Ihop location next to the Accent Inn. But trust me, when you walk inside, it looks nothing like an Ihop.
The interior is actually quite bright, open, and spacious (perhaps a bit too bright for those with sleep still in their eyes). It actually wasn’t too busy when I visited on a Saturday morning… this might be given the time I visited (around 7:30am) or perhaps the hype has worn down already.
I decided to start my morning with a hot chocolate… but not just any hot chocolate. No, I went with the Nutella Hot Chocolate ($4.95). Truth be told, I didn’t actually find that the hot chocolate tasted much like Nutella, which was kind of disappointing.
Now, for my breakfast, I went against my better judgement and decided to order the High Rise Pancakes ($14.95) because it looked kind of interesting… a stack of 3 pancakes with sausage, bacon, and potatoes layered in the middle and topped with a sunny-side-up egg. However, I’ve never been much of a pancake person so this was probably wasted on me.
The good: the runny yolk makes for a nice pic. The bad: the pancakes weren’t overly fluffy and a bit too dry for my liking, the bacon was limp instead of crispy, and the sausage was a bit too dry and chewy.
Undeterred from my first visit, I came back the following week and stuck with items that I knew that I would enjoy… the Tropical Teaser ($6.45) and Blackstone Benny ($15.95). The tropical teaser is a smoothie blend of mango, banana, pineapple and orange juice. Usually, I’m a bit hesitant with smoothies that have banana in it because I don’t enjoy it when it’s overwhelmingly banana-y. Fortunately, this was a pretty good smoothie with a light banana flavour to it (probably more orange flavour than anything else).
The Blackstone Benny turned out to be a much better option for me. Perfectly poached eggs with a runny yolk perched atop toasted English muffin with grilled tomatoes, bacon, and avocado. They round out the dish with their usual Lyonnaise-style sliced potato coins.
Since my second visit turned out much better than my first, I decided to return for another revisit just to make sure. This time, sticking with their Eggs Benedict… specifically, their California Dreaming ($15.95) which had poached eggs, smoked wild sockeye salmon, asparagus, and sautéed spinach all topped with their hollandaise sauce and surrounded by multigrain toast. Instead of an English muffin, this was served on their usual Lyonnaise-style potatoes. The dish turned out pretty good with a nice runny yolk to the eggs. The only thing which I can say against it was that the spinached made the dish a bit watery and this dish was a bit messy to eat as the hollandaise sauce got all over the toast.
We also ordered the French Toast with the addition of Seasonal Fruit and Berries ($11.95 + $3.45). The brioche French toast was good and accompanied with maple syrup. Meanwhile, the Tropical Paradise ($6.45) was similar to the last smoothie that I had here… this time having a mix of banana, strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, mango and pineapple and blended with hand-squeezed orange juice.
Given that Eggspectation is from back east, I figured it was only appropriate that I try out their Montreal Benny ($15.95) which comes with Montreal-style smoked meat, Swiss cheese, Dijon mustard and hollandaise sauce on an English muffin with a dill pickle slice. First off, the skinny and crisp fries that they serve with this dish are really good and I prefer them over their thick-cut Lyonnaise-style potatoes. The smoked meat was okay but I felt that they were a bit skimpy with just a single thin slice of meat underneath the poached eggs. The tartness of the dill pickle did help to cut through the richness of the dish.
Another weekend and another visit to Eggspectation… this time for their Southwest Sunrise Omelette ($14.95) filled with cheddar, Swiss and Gruyère cheeses, sautéed peppers, and then topped with strips of freshly sliced avocado, salsa and sour cream (served with their Lyonnaise style potatoes). I loved how cheesy this omelette was. The only bad thing about this dish was that the avocado slices were too thick which put off the taste profile.
Overall, there are some good options here and a fairly extensive menu. A bit more refinement in some items and this could be a really great breakfast joint.
10551 St Edwards Dr.
Posted on June 2, 2019, in Breakfast, Brunch, Restaurant Review and tagged Breakfast, Eggs Benedict, Food, French Toast, Montreal Smoked Meat, Omelette, Pancakes, restaurant review, Richmond. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.