Now that school’s no longer in session for the time being, I’ve been enjoying my weekends a lot more spending time with family and friends full of delicious food. A couple of weeks ago, I visited Forage for their brunch service on the weekend. Like many well known eateries in the city, Forage features local produce and fresh, seasonal ingredients with focus on sustainable dining. Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, their farm to table fare has been operating for five years now. I was previously here for their dinner service a couple of years back and was interested to see their take on classic brunch items with my friends. The menu is available here . It ranges from egg based dishes to meat, savoury and sweets.
And of course, reservations were made in advance ! We lucked out as there was a huge line up of people out the door.
For starters, each of us ordered Coffee ($4) and Fresh Orange Juice ($5). Coffee here is refillable which is great!
Berry Scones and Honey Butter ($5) During brunch, Forage will usually offer several specials off their brunch menu. We ordered two berry scones to share and they were a huge hit! The scones were warm, buttery, and fresh with beautiful flaky layers.
The scones came with Raspberry and Apricot Jam. My favourite was the raspberry one as it had a nice balance of sweet and tart. Apricot was on the sweeter side.
Pacific Halibut Cake Bennys ($19) with foraged spring greens, poached eggs, preserved lemon hollandaise, and crispy potatoes.
Rabbit River Shakshuka ($16), soft eggs, pork lomo, feta, croutons, and rocket. There are many interpretations of shakshuka, but the common denominator is the spiced vegetarian stew of tomatoes. It’s a Middle Eastern dish consisting of mainly poached eggs, chilli peppers, onion, and spices. I tried a bit of Colleen’s dish and it had a great deep rich savoury tomato base. The additions of the croutons added great texture to go with the shakshuka.
Classic Benny ($16)with back bacon, free-range eggs, crispy potatoes, hollandaise. Lou is a huge fan of brunch- especially egg bennys so it was no surprise that she went with this dish! I figured the hollandaise sauce was really heavy as she had to pack half of it to go! She did say she enjoyed it – she’s not a big eater 🙂
Brioche French Toast ($15) with rhubarb purée, candied bacon, compressed blueberries. I’ve always known Greg to be a sweet tooth! This came with four generous slices of toast – not a huge portion but decent sized for the price. He commented that the candied bacon was fantastic.
Two Rivers Turkey Sausage Hash ($18)roasted vegetables, free-range eggs, watercress pesto, and toast. I had huge craving for something heavy that day and went with this option. My hash was served in a large skillet with plenty of ingredients underneath my sunny side up eggs. A flavourful mix of hearty turkey sausages, crispy potatoes and colour vegetables. This also came with three slices of toast which was just too much food for me! I happily packed half to go and had some the next morning 🙂 Yum!
All in all, I really enjoyed my experience here for brunch. Our waitress was really sweet and attentive. She would always check up on us and refill our coffee without having to ask. Lovely brunch in good company!
1300 Robson St