By invitation we checked out the brunch menu at the District Brasserie in North Vancouver. As suburbers, normally we wouldn’t trek all the way to North Van for food, but a couple of items on the menu intrigued us so we decided to give it a try.
And turns out they are also customers’ and staff favourites at the District, according to restaurant manager Cynthia. But before our plates arrived, we were treated to their home made Cornbread (vs. scones or muffins at some restaurants) with seasonal coulis – at first glance we thought it was hot sauce or ketchup but it’s actually strawberry coulis. The cornbread was in perfect bite size, moist, and the coulis had just the right amount of sweetness. I would’ve liked the sauce to be slightly thicker so it’s almost spreadable, but dipping in was just as good.
Then our plates arrived. First, the Crab Cake Bowl caught my eyes the moment I started studying the menu. It has evolved from the crab cake eggs benny that the restaurant used to offer. Now the two crab cakes sit on a bedding of potatoes, then topped with 2 poached eggs, arugula and Hollandaise sauce. The crab cakes were slightly crispy on the outside, moist inside. They were not straight up crab meat – some bay shrimps were mixed in them – but they tasted really good, especially with the citrusy flavour of the house lemon mayo and tartness from the tomato relish. The potatoes were not really hash like I had expected; they were actually chopped up fries then fried to nice and crispy. Smart way to use the same ingredient in multiple ways to help reduce food cost. Texture wise the crispy “potatoes” worked well with the crab cakes and oozing poached eggs.
The second dish was the Brunch Bowl, which had Mr.’s attention from the get-go. Chorizo sausage sitting on the same potato/fries hash, but this time it was with a tomato sauce and 2 fried eggs – what a manly plate! The chorizo sausage was moist, had some smokey flavours while not being overly salty or spicy. There were so many sausage slices that the balance between sausage and potatoes was almost off. The fried eggs were nicely done, with runny yolks to mix with the rest of the plate. It was a rich dish that it needed a bit more carbs to balance it out.
For Mother’s Day, The District has selected its most popular brunch items for just this special day. In addition to the two interesting plates above, The District will also serve a variety of Eggs Benedicts, the low-carb Low Carbage, Buttermilk Waffles and more. Everything is priced between $9 and $14 and based on the portion and taste, I thought it’s a great option, and a reasonable option, to take your mom to this weekend.
Overall, I thought the brunch at The District was worth checking out. The brunch menu has a variety of options to choose from, reasonably priced, and the flavours were good. It’s located near the Lonsdale Quay so it’s relatively convenient to get to from Vancouver.
13 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver