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On one of the weekends in November, Collin and I planned to have brunch. He said he wanted to eat pancake, but I didn’t want to go to the German pancake place. Instead, I was thinking where to go, while we were walking towards Gastown.

Eventually, I got an idea, The Flying Pig. I have been to the other location in Yaletown and have heard about this second location. As he hadn’t tried this restaurant, he agreed to walk in. Luckily, we were able to get seats without a reservation. There are seats upstairs as well and bar at downstairs.

We ordered from their brunch menu.

Coffee

Coffee at The Flying Pig in Gastown

Complimentary Bread

Complimentary Bread at The Flying Pig in Gastown

This is a bad presentation, but it’s not our fault. I took a pic before we ate, and it was served as it looks. The bread was moist, though. I believe it was banana bread.

Chef Erik’s Croque Madame
(Sourdough, 3 Cheeses, Ham, Over Easy Eggs)

Chef Erik's Croque Madame at The Flying Pig in Gastown

The presentation was a little bit boring, but Collin said the taste was fine. He preferred the one he had somewhere else, but I can’t remember where he referred to.

French Toast with Maple Blueberry Compote
(Thick cut Brioche, Butter and Blueberries)

French Toast with Maple Blueberry Compote at The Flying Pig in Gastown

This looks good, doesn’t it? The meal was huge! There were two slices of thick brioche, so I gave him some.

Side Seasonal Fruit Bowl
(Market Fresh)

Side Seasonal Fruit Bowl at The Flying Pig in Gastown

I didn’t know how my French toast looked like and wanted to have some vitamin C, because I had been sick on and off, so I ordered this side dish. There were strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, pineapple, and melon. It was quite a quantity as a side, and I also asked him to have some.

We were satisfied with both their service and food. We would come back in the next occasion.

Here is a view from the upstairs in the restaurant.

The Flying Pig in Gastown

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The Flying Pig

Address: 102 Water Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(At the corner of Abbott Street)
TEL: 604-559-7968
Facebook: page
Twitter: @FlyingPigVan
Urbanspoon: page
*Reservation accepted only for lunch and brunch.

Lunch/Brunch/Dinner
[Mon – Fri] 11:00 – 0:00
[Sat – Sun] 10:30 – 14:30, 15:30 – 0:00

Menu

Brunch Menu at The Flying Pig in Gastown Brunch Menu at The Flying Pig in Gastown

Price Note
– Coffee $3.25
– Chef Erik’s Croque Madame $13.00
– French Toast with Maple Blueberry Compote $11.00
– Side Seasonal Fruit Bowl $4.00

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I have another friend, whose birthday was in early September. I sent a birthday message and told her, “let’s make a plan for dinner or brunch”. We finally set a date at the end of September and had brunch with her husband and her roommate.

The place we went was Forage restaurant. Forage is at Listel Hotel in downtown. They focus on fresh local and sustainable ingredients. The brunch is served until 2pm.

We ordered from their brunch menu.

My choice, BC Spot Prawn and Seafood Chowder
(Soft-poached Egg, Smoked Chicharron, Pork Hock)

BC Spot Prawn and Seafood Chowder at Forage in Vancouver

BC Spot Prawn and Seafood Chowder at Forage in Vancouver

Adding Toast

Adding Toast at Forage in Vancouver

I actually liked this. I don’t know if this was the best chowder, as people say, but there is depth, and it was not thin like soup but not too thick like glutenful.

Her choice, Classic Benny
(Back Bacon, Free-range Eggs, Crispy Potatoes, Hollandaise)

Classic Benny at Forage in Vancouver

Double-fried Pork Cutlet Sandwich
(Fried Egg, Gouda, House-made Pickle, “Thousand Island”)

Double-fried Pork Cutlet Sandwich at Forage in Vancouver

The sandwich looked good. I want to try that next time when I’m starving! ­čÖé

Her roommate wanted to try some chowder, in addition to the sandwich, and the small version came like this. It probably was a half price?

BC Spot Prawn and Seafood Chowder at Forage in Vancouver

We were talking and talking so much while and after eating and didn’t realize the brunch time was way over until some family came in and staff said it was closed. Thanks for letting us stay longer!

The Dine Out event is held right now and they attend to it, so you might want to check out their menu.

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Forage

Address: 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(In Listel Hotel at the corner of Jervis street)
TEL: 604-661-1400
Facebook: page
Twitter: @foragevancouver
Urbanspoon: page
Opentable: reservation?

Breakfast/Dinner
[Mon – Fri] 6:30 – 10:00, 17:00 – 0:00
[Sat – Sun] 7:00 – 10:00, 17:00 – 0:00

Brunch
[Sat – Sun] 10:00 – 14:00

Price Note
– Fresh Grapefruit Juice $4.00
– BC Spot Prawn and Seafood Chowder $12.00
– Add Toast $3.00
–┬áDouble-fried Pork Cutlet Sandwich $14.00
– Classic Benny $14.00

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As usual, Collin said he wanted to eat Tonkatsu! Is it his routine in certain period? Or maybe, the addiction comes back every a few months. ­čśÇ Anyways, on the Labour Day long weekend, we went to Kingyo Izakaya on Denman Street.

Kingyo Izakaya serves Japanese tapas dishes at night as well as lunch combo, including Teishoku. It is located in the midway of Robson and Davie Street.

We ordered from their regular lunch menu.

Iyemon Genmaicha Tea 

Iyemon Genmaicha Tea at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Tea came right away, but our food didn’t come for next 40 min or so. When the next table, who ordered after us, got their food, and we realized one of their foods was what he ordered, Collin got frustrated, because he needed to leave as quickly as possible for work. And, finally the food came with the server’s apology.

Pork Loin Cutlet (Tonkatsu) Combo
(Deep fried pork cutlet, using only the finest fresh Japanese bread crumb Panko)

Pork Loin Cutlet (Tonkatsu) Combo at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Right after this, the server brought this Sashimi salad below. We appreciated but at the same time, we knew we didn’t have time to finish eating.

Complimentary Sashimi Salad
(3 kinds of Sashimi on a bed of organic springs, dressed with soy-based vinaigrette & garlic oil)

Sashimi Salad at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

My choice, Kingyo’s Assorted Deluxe Bento Box
(Sophisticated & well designed Makunouchi Bento)

Kingyo's Assorted Deluxe Bento Box at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Sliced Omelet with Grind Daikin

Kingyo's Assorted Deluxe Bento Box at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Scallop Salad with seaweed dressing

Kingyo's Assorted Deluxe Bento Box at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Udon Noodle Salad with Fried Tofu

Kingyo's Assorted Deluxe Bento Box at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Fried Fish with Tartar Sauce & Lemon

Kingyo's Assorted Deluxe Bento Box at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Shrimp Avocado Salad

Kingyo's Assorted Deluxe Bento Box at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Pork Kakuni with Sauce

Kingyo's Assorted Deluxe Bento Box at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Chicken Karaage

Kingyo's Assorted Deluxe Bento Box at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Tuna Tataki with Chili Sauce

Rice

Kingyo's Assorted Deluxe Bento Box at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Pickled Daikon & Carrots

Kingyo's Assorted Deluxe Bento Box at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Tofu with Chili Sauce

Miso Soup

As you can see, I forgot to take a picture of whole food, because I got distracted by the salad that the server brought and the conversation with him for that.

Well, anyways, we enjoyed our food, and we asked the server for the salad to go.

They renewed their website so that we can see the lunch menu on site.

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Kingyo Izakaya

Address: 871 Denman Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
TEL: 604-608-1677
Facebook: page
Twitter: @KINGYO_IZAKAYA
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
[Sun – Thu] 11:30 – 15:00, 17:30 – 23:30
[Fri, Sat] 11:30 – 15:00, 17:30 – 1:00

Price Note
– Iyemon Genmaicha Tea $2.30
– Sashimi Salad Complimentary
–┬áPork Loin Cutlet (Tonkatsu) Combo $13.80
– Kingyo’s Assorted Deluxe Bento Box $16.00

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