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When I say “hotel breakfast”, what comes to mind? I would think of a la carte standard affairs, or varied quality of “continental breakfast” from 2-3 star hotels.

We are lucky in Vancouver in a sense that there are many hotels offering delicious, not your typical breakfast/brunch options, e.g. Tableau, Mosaic, Yew, Blvd. Enter the new player, H2 Rotisserie & Bar at Westin Bayshore, which offers a weekend brunch buffet.

H2 Rotisserie & Bar Brunch Buffet

Brunch Buffet at H2 Rotisserie & Bar

I was invited to sample H2’s brunch buffet and wow, it was a big spread. It certainly has the typical brunch items such as eggs, pancakes, waffles, bacon and sausages. But what caught my eyes were the following:

Rotisserie chicken carving station – H2 prides itself for its rotisserie chicken so I wasn’t surprised to see it at brunch. Walk up to the chef on duty and they will get you a slice (or two) of white and/or dark meat.

H2 Rotisserie & Bar Brunch Buffet

Dim sum/congee station – it serves up har gow (shrimp dumplings), siu mai (pork dumplings), BBQ pork buns, and sticky rice. Oh you can also build your own congee bowl, but it’s located in a different section of the buffet line.

H2 Rotisserie & Bar Brunch BuffetH2 Rotisserie & Bar Brunch Buffet

H2 Rotisserie & Bar Brunch BuffetH2 Rotisserie & Bar Brunch Buffet

Made to order french toast station – they literally soaked the bread in the yummy custard, heat up the pan with some butter, and made me my French toast right in front of me.

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Dinner with friends brought us to Saffron on Kingsway near Metrotown. Many years ago I ate there once; the fact that it’s still standing to this day must be a good sign.

Food

After we placed our order, we received some complimentary Papadum with a mint and lime sauce. It’s like the comp bread basket at a western restaurant, but chickpea-based crackers. They were crispy, not salty, and the dipping sauce had prominent minty flavours and some acidity from the lime juice. That whetted our appetite.

Papadum

Because it was a Saturday, dinner buffet was not an option. A la carte style only. Remembering how much I liked the Lamb Saagwala at Palki, I ordered a Saag Gosht with Lamb and see how it fairs out. It wasn’t as creamy as Palki but it seemed to have richer flavours from the mix of spices. The meat was tender, not gamey though, and some even had a bit of fatty parts so it was even more enjoyable. The meat pieces could be bigger.

Saag Gosht

According to the menu, each entree comes with basmati rice, but you could actually substitute it with naan bread. (more…)

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It has become a family tradition to go out for a Christmas Day buffet brunch every year. We want to try different restaurants so for the past few years we have visited EBO, Herons and Mosaic. This year, we chose Dockside Restaurant at the Granville Island Hotel; its long menu caught our attention.

The main buffet

Food

Overall food quality was great and there was plenty to choose from. Here is a laundry list of menu items:

Prawns, Wild Snow Crab Claws & Cold Water Shrimp, Albacore Tuna Tataki with Daikon and Ponzu, House Cured Sockeye Gravlax, Poached Oceanwise Steelhead, House Beet Pickled Herring, Spicy Avocado Crab Devilled Eggs, Smoked Kippers, Cedar Jellied Indian Candy, Smoked Trout

Cold seafoodVarieties of salmon preparations

This was probably my favourite station. I really enjoyed the house cured salmon, tuna tataki, prawns, and snow crab claws. Even though they were chilled and marinated, they weren’t over-dressed to compensate for the what-could-be loss of flavours during the chilling process.

Local and International Cheese Display with House Compotes and Berries, Local and International Charcuterie with House Pickles and Mustards, Crostini, Lavache, Cracker Bread, Rainforest Crisps

Charcuterie

Grilled Mediterranean Platter, Dockside Caesar Salad, Arugula & Grilled Pear Salad, Cobb Square Salad, Chili Malay Noodle Salad, Red Rice Quinoa & Ginger Salad

Salads

Smoked Bacon & Canadian Bacon, Chicken Apple Sausage & Bangers, Roasted Turkey Breast & Leg with Herbed Pan Gravy, Slow Roasted Prime Rib, Brown Sugar Sea Salt Crusted Double Smoked Ham, BBQ Pork & BBQ Duck

Carving station

The prime rib roast was excellent! (more…)

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With a deal coupon, CC and I went to Fleuri for its Lobster, Beef & Chocolate menu. It’s a 5-course menu including amuse bouche, salad, soup, entree and access to the world’s famous chocolate buffet – voted No. 1 Place for Chocolate by National Geographic. It’s originally priced at $65 per person, but thanks to the coupon, $65 for two people.

World Famous Chocolate Buffet at Sutton Place

World Famous Chocolate Buffet at Sutton Place

Food

Our dinner started with lobster mousse as Amuse Bouche. The mousse was creamy with a hint of sweetness, which was contrasted by the peppery taste of horseradish aioli and baby arugula. I think we were off to a good start.

Amuse bouche

Amuse bouche – lobster mousse, candied pecan and horseradish aioli

The first course was the Chilled Lobster Tail. Well, half a lobster tail. (more…)

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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.

Hot Spread

Hot Spread

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.

Full Plate 2

Full Plate 1

One thing I really wished they had was eggs in forms other than scrambled; even hard/soft boiled would be nice. (more…)

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It has become our family tradition to go for a brunch buffet on Christmas Day. Instead of going downtown this year, we have decided to try the EBO Restaurant in Burnaby.

It seems to me that EBO has established itself as a contender in the dining scene in (Metro) Vancouver. This was my first time eating at the restaurant.

Christmas Brunch Buffet at EBO

Christmas Brunch Buffet at EBO

Food

For $42 per person, it offered a wide variety of food items. The quality was great and the refill took place quickly. Here are some items on the menu:

Salads

Salads

  • Traditional Greek Style Salad with Kalmata Olives, Feta, Red Wine and Fresh Oregano Dressing
  • Roma Tomato Salad, Basil Pesto Marinated Boconccini
  • Marinated Potato Salad with Lemon & Tarragon, Roasted Red Peppers
  • Cold Seafood Display with Snow Crab Legs, Poached Prawns, Marinated Mussels and Clams
Cold seafood display

Cold seafood display

  • Organic Fraser Valley Roast Turkey, (more…)

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I have to admit, I’m one of the supporters of the group-buy phenomenon. As a consumer, what’s not to like about discounted price to places that you otherwise wouldn’t go? I don’t just go crazy about the coupons, though. I’m being conscious about how many I buy, while reaping the benefits of visiting more expensive restaurants at a cheaper price. One of the coupons I bought was 50% to the Italian Opera Buffet at Pan Pacific Vancouver’s Cafe Pacifica. A couple of things about this deal intrigued me: 1) live Italian opera performance (I went through 15 years of classical music training) and 2) Italian buffet (how much more can an Italian buffet offer compared to a family-style Italian meal).

Food

Examining all food stations, my initial reaction was disappointment. To my surprise there weren’t that many food stations. There’s even less variety than what we got at the Christmas buffet brunch, especially the entree section only had 4 options.

Cafe Pacifica Italian Opera Buffet - Appetizers

Cafe Pacifica Italian Opera Buffet - Appetizers

On the other hand, the antipasto station was actually quite impressive, with lots of cold appetizer dishes such as beef carpaccio, antipasti, prosciutto wrapped melon, and cheese & olive platter. Nothing fancy, but solid selection, solid quality of food. Highlight for me was the Beef Carpaccio and Seared Albacore Tuna. They were both seasoned to my liking, and we’ve never had any seared tuna that’s actually only seared on the outside yet remaining raw inside. Often times restaurants would over-cook the tuna.

Beef Carpaccio

Beef Carpaccio

Seared Albacore Tuna

Seared Albacore Tuna

Again, the entree section was disappointing. (more…)

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