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2 Chefs and a Table…and really bad music

Posted in Breakfast by Missy Shana on August 30, 2011

The Railtown district in Vancouver is not a very frequented one, but is truly a hidden gem in Vancouver. There are eclectic buildings, doorways and cafes at almost every turn. 2 Chefs and a Table is one of those hidden gems, located within the hidden gem of Railtown.

You’re like a riddle wrapped in an enigma, wrapped in a vest” – Lisa Simpson

It didn’t matter that there was a 30 minute wait, or that it was absolutely sweltering outside while we waited, or the fact that there were empty tables that were waiting to be sat in. 2 Chefs an a Table is one of the most charming restaurants I’ve ever had the pleasure of dining at.

The menu was not extensive, but rather refined to a single page of gourmet temptations. The kind of place where you don’t dare make customizations to your meal because you know that this is the way the meal should be eaten and must be eaten. I settled on the Spring Omelette which featured roasted vegetables, basil pesto, and parmesan cheese. Served with seasoned potatoes and whole wheat toast. The Omelette satisfied my hunger, albeit I didn’t see or taste a speck of pesto or Parmesan anywhere on my plate. And we all know that Parmesan is not exactly a mild cheese. Still, I was happy because my eyes were being seduced by the romantic interior design and the rustic structure of the building.

The experience wasn’t perfect. Unfortunately, this restaurant does not have a resident DJ, or anyone with a hint of music knowledge that could suss out some appropriate tunes for such a lovely atmosphere. At one point I heard two Taylor Swift songs in a row, blasted so loud I couldn’t even keep up a conversation with my dining partner. Bad music (or inappropriate music) is so distracting. I think there was one Frank Sinatra song thrown into the mix but the rest of the music was an awful array of artificial Top 40 radio hits that just didn’t suit the venue or their target customer, in my opinion.

Would I go back to 2 Chefs and a Table again? Yes. Do I pray every night that they will find someone to curate some appropriate music that will compliment the experience? Hell yes.

2 Chefs and a Table
305 Alexander St
Vancouver, BC.

Brunch weekends from 9:30am-2pm

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Slickity Jim’s is back.

Posted in Breakfast by Missy Shana on April 7, 2011

Slickity Jim’s Chat and Chew
3469 Main St
Vancouver, BC

On why I love Café Medina

Posted in Breakfast by Missy Shana on March 5, 2011

Medina Café. This brunch/lunch spot has a guaranteed line-up on weekends with at least a 40 minute wait. But that doesn’t stop you from waiting for over an hour when you’re already starving or going back every other weekend, if you can afford it 🙂

What is it about this place? Could it be their smooth and rich lattes, americanos and espresso? Or maybe it’s their cute Belgium waffles, dusted with icing sugar and served with your choice of assorted gourmet dips, like white chocolate-pistachio-rosewater, raspberry caramel, fig-orange marmalade, berry compote, dark chocolate and so on.

If that’s not enough goodness to sway you, go ahead and order one of their absolutely finger-licking main dishes like le Cassoulet, la Tagine (pictured), or my personal favorite La Santé — a soft boiled egg (I usually ask for over-easy instead), vine ripened tomatoes, olive tapenade, avocado, prosciutto, a pot of extra virgin olive oil, and grilled ciabatta for dipping! Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my keyboard. Santé, translated from the French meaning “good health” or “cheers to your good health”. I would cheers to that, oui!

Medina Café
556 Beatty Street
Vancouver, B.C.

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Traditional English Breaky at Three Lions Cafe – Now Closed

Posted in Breakfast by Missy Shana on November 15, 2010

I present you the Traditional breakfast from the Three Lions cafe.

Three Lions is a pub/restaurant with laid back atmosphere, fine food, and a quaint outdoor patio. The only thing worth complaining about is that brunch service is a bit slow. The wait staff are friendly and attentive but the food takes at least 45 minutes to an hour to get to your table during brunch hours. It doesn’t stop me from going back though, I just take an apple with me and eat it on the way over. The Traditional breakfast is only one of the many delicious brunch options on their menu. Make sure you try the black pudding, eggs benny, cheese toasty or bacon butty (giggles).

UPDATE: Sorry folks, the Three Lions Cafe is now closed.

Three Lions Cafe
1 E Broadway Vancouver, BC
(Brunch Sat and Sun 9-3 pm)

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We are featured in BeatRoute mag!

Posted in Uncategorized by Missy Shana on September 24, 2010

We will have a breakfast review roundup featured in next month’s October issue of BeatRoute magazine. There will be new reviews and restaurants listed so be sure to pick up a BeatRoute and take a peek.

For those who don’t know, BeatRoute Magazine is a monthly arts and entertainment paper with a predominant focus on music – local, independent or otherwise.

UPDATE: Click here for the article

Big Taste, Little Nest!

Posted in Breakfast by Missy Shana on December 1, 2009

Ahhh, finally a place to sit amongst strangers and still feel like you’re at home.

Little Nest is a giant living room, full of understated, antique furniture, kids running rampant, and simply delicious breakfast concoctions. They have it all; chalkboards with chalk: check, play area for children: check, giant window to allow natural light: check, magazines and newspapers: double check! I don’t know why it took me so long to visit this place, maybe because it’s tucked away from busy Commercial Drive on the very tranquil Charles street. Their covert location is a bonus because it adds to the laid-back atmosphere, and makes the place sort of a secret. So keep it on the hush.

Little Nest serves breakfast until 3pm, so make sure you roll out of bed by at least 12:30 to get dressed and drive/bike/walk down in time. And when you get there order something unique, like a toasted baguette with ricotta and honey (my favourite since I was a little) or try it with one of their house-made jams like fig rosemary or pear-cranberry-ginger. If you’re feeling extra adventurous I recommend Marci’s Rice pudding with vanilla soaked pineapple and toasted almonds. Is your mouth watering yet?

I took the simple route this time and tried the poached organic eggs and toasted baguette “soldiers” with a side of prosciutto (fancy!) and ricotta drizzled with honey for dipping. I added the prosciutto to an otherwise very simple dish for an extra $4, and the ricotta and honey for .50 cents. I enjoyed breakfast with Orange Pekoe tea, and some casual chalk colouring on their personal sized blackboards.

Little Nest
is worth getting out of bed for, because as soon as you get there you’ll feel so comfortable it will be like you’re right back at home. Or maybe you’ll feel like you’re in someone else’s home — someone who makes way better coffee and lets you colour while they make your food.

Little Nest
1716 Charles Street
Vancouver, BC
Breakfast prices between $4.00 to $12.00
Reviewer’s Rating: 9 out of 10

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