Category Archives: Brunch

De Dutch Pannekoek House (New West): Go for the Pancakes

De Dutch Pannekoek House has been a staple in the Columbia Square complex in New West for a number of years but I never found a reason to drop by here until recently, when I discovered my planned destination was closed (that actually happens to me more frequently than I care for).
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Tai Tung Chinese Seafood Restaurant: Baked BBQ Pork Buns for Dim Sum

Tai Tung is a Cantonese-style restaurant located in the Marpole area of Vancouver that we visited in late February. The thing that struck us the most about our visit was how quiet it was for a Saturday morning. Usually, that’s a bad sign since most of the good dim sum places are really busy on the weekends. Perhaps we were just here really early?
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Angelina’s Dutch Corner: Good Food and Slow Service

It’s been a number of years since my last visit to Angelina’s Dutch Corner but they’ve recently moved into a new location at the River Market at the Quay. I’ve got to admit that I like their new digs… much more open, airy, and bright compared to their last location. The only bad thing here is that the noise inside the restaurant seems to echo and amplify making for a loud din.
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Ham & Eggman’s: New East Van Breakfast Joint

I’m never one to pass up a good breakfast so I’m always on the lookout for a new breakfast spot… especially if it’s located in an area that is sorely lacking in morning eateries. Ham & Eggman’s is located on Rupert Street, in the former location occupied by Aburi King and right next to Penang Delight Cafe.
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Neptune Palace Seafood Restaurant: Fancy Dim Sum

We only recently noticed that the extravagantly large restaurant located on the 2nd floor of the Marine Gateway complex had changed from Ban Dao Peal to Neptune Palace Seafood Restaurant so we decided to pop in for a visit. The interior is expansive and impressive, right down to the blingy columns and the plush carpeting. The nice thing is that you don’t feel squished in like some smaller restaurants.
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OEB Breakfast Co.: New Breakfast Joint in Vancouver

OEB Breakfast Co. is the latest breakfast chain to invade the Vancouver area. Hailing originally from Calgary, they’ve recently opened a location in the Yaletown area in May with plans to open a location around Brentwood soon. If you pay any attention to social media, you probably would have seen the influx of pics from their media event prior to their grand opening. I’m always a bit skeptical when I see all of the great pics – partly because I’m a bit jaded and this ain’t my first rodeo.
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Joyful Seafood Restaurant: New Chinese Restaurant in Burnaby

Joyful Seafood Restaurant is the name of the latest restaurant to occupy the spot on Kingsway in Burnaby that used to be New Starlet and Po King before that. We visited in early April and the place was already hopping on a Saturday morning (there’s not many dim sum options in Burnaby). The wait was about 30+ minutes and partly due to the fact that the restaurant is a bit smallish. The other reason was probably all of the patrons who tried to cut the line by sitting themselves down whenever they saw a table empty up.
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Chaise: Gastropub Eats

Contrary to what you might think, Chaise on Main isn’t a furniture store where you can find an assortment of lounge chairs… it’s actually an eatery in the Riley Park area of Vancouver with a gastropub concept. It does have a bit of a bar vibe going on… complete with a waitress that’s a bit on the gruff side.
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James Street Cafe: East Meets West for Breakfast

James Street Cafe has always been a bit of a mystery to me. The restaurant doesn’t actually sit on James Street and seems far from a typical cafe. We visited early one February morning for breakfast… something that they are supposedly well known for.
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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.
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Yan’s Garden Chinese Restaurant: Push Cart Dim Sum in Burnaby

So, Yan’s Garden has been on my list of places to try for a number of years (I suppose it’s partly because I used to watch “Wok with Yan” back in the 80’s). I’ve been hesitant to stop by here in the past mainly because parking always looked difficult here as the parking lot is generally always full.
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Reflect Social Dining + Lounge: Brunch in Burnaby

One of the benefits of a large hotel is that they usually have a pretty good restaurant attached for their guests. Unfortunately, once you move outside of the Vancouver downtown core, your options are a bit limited. Reflect Social Dining + Lounge is located in the Hilton in Crystal Mall and has been one of our go-to places for special brunches in Burnaby.
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