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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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Still Looking for Christmas Brunch Ideas?

I’ve always been a Christmas buffet brunch person, since you have a wide range of selection and more food items to choose from. If you’re like me, here is a list of restaurants, as far as I know, that are offering buffet brunch on Christmas Day. Reservations required, and some do get booked up really quickly so you may be out of luck, but hopefully this list will help give you some additional ideas:

Buffet @ Herons

Buffet @ Herons

Dine Out Vancouver 2012

It’s been confirmed that Dine Out Vancouver 2012 will run from Jan 20-Feb 5, 2012. This marks the 10th anniversary of Canada’s largest restaurant festival. (more…)

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Earlier this year I went to Mosaic Bar & Grille at Hyatt Regency Vancouver for Dine Out Vancouver and was pretty happy with the quality of food. Therefore it reappeared on my list when I was deciding on a restaurant for this year’s Christmas brunch. In fact, I had made a reservation last Christmas for its buffet brunch but ended up backing out at the last minute because of the snow storm. Given the circumstances, I gave it another shot and took my parents there this Christmas.

Food

Compared to other hotel restaurants that were priced in the $50-$80 range, I thought $49.50 per person at the Mosaic was a decent deal for a holiday buffet brunch. It had a wide variety of selection, including turkey, prime rib roast, made to order omelets, fresh waffles, brioche sandwich, chilled seafood bar, smoked salmon platter, salad bar, chocolate fountain and creme caramel. Coffee, tea and juice was also all-you-can-drink. Turkey was juicy, waffles were fluffy, made-to-order omelets were fresh and tasty, and desserts were just to die for – there were way too many options for me and my little stomach!

Service

I was impressed by how quickly they refilled the platters. A couple chefs were constantly in and out with trays and sometimes even carts of food items. Our server, Ali, was attentive and very observant to what his customers were doing. He would come over to refill the drinks and clear the plates soon after he spotted an empty glass or plate. He even initiated to take a group photo for us before we asked him about it.

In addition, they strategically staggered the seating time so guests would arrive every 30 minutes and there was never a huge crowd of people entering the restaurant at the same time. With the quick refill of food, I think the restaurant handled this holiday service very well.

Final Thoughts

Despite the huge disappointment last year, I’m just glad that we returned to Mosaic for this year’s Christmas brunch. The speedy service and delicious food made it a memorable experience for the holiday season and one that I would use to recommend others to visit the restaurant in the future.

 

Mosaic Bar & Grille
655 Burrard Street, Vancouver
604-683-1235

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