I’ve never been a big eater in the morning, but I love breakfast foods. Because of that, brunch became a big thing for me.
Did you know, the Gillnetter Pub in Port Coquitlam offers a brunch buffet on Sundays for $12.95? Yes that’s right, all-you-can-eat breakfast.
As with all buffets, there are hits and misses in the spread. Let’s start with the good stuff. They know their meats and potatoes. I don’t know how much of it is made in house, and how much of it is sourced out, but they all did a great job of bringing out my inner caveman. The sausages were moist and flavourful, and the bacon was cooked to an even crisp. They had several types of potatoes: country style hash browns, tater-tots, and these amazing little fried potato patties that I couldn’t stop eating.
One thing I really wished they had was eggs in forms other than scrambled; even hard/soft boiled would be nice. Otherwise, the eggs benedict was surprising adequate, especially considering they spent most of their short lives in a chafing dish.
There was a lot of fresh fruits on hand. And I do mean fresh. They don’t taste like they’ve been cut and sitting in a cooler over night. They also had out many dessert and pastry options. I’m pretty sure the restaurant didn’t make them from scratch, and they were mostly typical things you’d expect. On the plus side the selection was very large, better than most continental breakfasts out there.
Now moving onto the not-so-good. The waffles sat in a strawberry sauce, and together with the chafing dish, they got very mushy. You might as well be eating pancakes, but without the fluffiness. A chef was on-site to cook you omelettes to order. You pick the ingredients, and he puts it together for you. He was a very nice man so I hate saying this, but the omelette was just plain bad. It was extremely over-cooked, as dry as tortilla bread. Perhaps he got called away for too long to do something else.
The popularity of this place definitely helped to speed up the food turnover, which in turn kept everything fresh, and that’s a huge factor for a tasty buffet service. The servers were very friendly, but being a buffet service we didn’t have a lot of interactions either.
They also have drinks on special, including the Champagne & OJ (aka Mimosa). Surprisingly it wasn’t watered down – you can actually taste the OJ and the sparkling wine.
I liked the down-to-earth feel of this restaurant. It could be a place that you’d go as a family on a Sunday morning, or a place to get filled up on greasy food after a night of drinking. Regardless of why, it’s an amazing deal for $12.95, and I would definitely visit again.
(Max Score: 10; Base Score: 5)
What went in (+/-2, 0) = 0.5
What came out (+/-1, 0) = 1
Service (+/-1, 0) = 0
Mr.’s Bonus (+/-1) = 1
Total Score – 7.5/10
1864 Argue St