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For the first weekend brunch this year, we tried a famous brunch place. As we expected, there were a few people waiting. As Collin had to go to work soon later, we looked for another place. While we were walking towards Robson and Burrard, I asked him if this restaurant was OK.

Earls is a chain restaurant in Canada and some places in USA. As far as I know, they used to serve all western food, but it has been changed time to time, and now you can even see Sushi in the menu. The restaurant is in multiple locations, and the place where we went is located at the corner of Hornby and Smithe Street.

We ordered from their brunch menu.

 

Croque Madame
(Virginia Ham, White Cheddar, Roasted Serrano Cream, House Sourdough)

Croque Madame at Earls on Hornby in Vancouver

He asked the server the sauce on side for me, because he said it would be spicy, based on the description of the sauce. It was nice of him.

Croque Madame at Earls on Hornby in Vancouver

Croque Madame at Earls on Hornby in Vancouver

Whoa, I just saw what I didn’t want to see. I looked at their nutritional info on their site, and this croque madame is over 1,300 calories! Yet, it was sooo good! I liked the bread, crispy crust and soft inside.

The sandwich board outside showed French toast, which looks good. I would try that next time.

(Picture taken by iPhone)

Earls on Hornby

Address: 905 Hornby Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(At the corner of Smithe Street)
TEL: 604-682-6700
Facebook: page (Earls in general: page)
Twitter: @EarlsHornby (Earls in general: @earlsrestaurant)
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Brunch/Dinner
[Sun – Thu] 11:30 – 0:00
[Fri – Sat] 11:30 – 1:00

Menu

Brunch Menu at Earls on Hornby in Vancouver

Price Note
– Coffee $3.10
– Croque Madame $13.00

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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

Want to see more pictures for this restaurant? click here.

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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After Collin and I came back from Whistler, snow kept falling in Whistler due to a snow storm, although it was the beginning of March. I thought it actually had snowed too much to clear the avalanche control in order for Whistler Blackcomb to open the alpine chair lifts, so I decided to skip to go skiing on that Saturday. Instead, I asked Collin if he wanted to go somewhere for brunch.

He had wanted to go Wildebeest for quite a bit, so we went there for the first time. It was after 1:30pm and there were lots of seats open. They are located across from SFU at Woodward’s and London Drugs in Gastown, and they don’t open for lunch, only for brunch.

We ordered from their brunch menu.

Coffee

Coffee at Wildebeest in Vancouver

Mini Donuts, Seasonal Custard
(Seasonal Custard: Chocolate with Chartreuse)

Mini Donuts, Seasonal Custard at Wildebeest in Vancouver

Mini Donuts, Seasonal Custard at Wildebeest in Vancouver

This donuts were so good! I tasted some liquor, so I asked our server. She explained what they were, and Collin spelled for me, because I had never heard of it.

Croque Madame
(Smoked Ham, Gruyere, Fried Egg, Arugula Salad)

Croque Madame at Wildebeest in Vancouver

Side Smoked Cheddar Bierwurst

Side Smoked Cheddar Bierwurst at Wildebeest in Vancouver

Side Smoked Cheddar Bierwurst at Wildebeest in Vancouver

Collin really enjoyed this sausages. 🙂

Steaks & Eggs
(Natural Angus Beef Bavette, Peppercorn Sauce, Fried Eggs)

Steaks & Eggs at Wildebeest in Vancouver

Steaks & Eggs at Wildebeest in Vancouver

Steaks & Eggs at Wildebeest in Vancouver

Brunches are served with potatoes.

Potatoes at Wildebeest in Vancouver

The taste was good, but a little bit pricy? Yet, I would like to go back for the donuts! 😉 Collin kept saying he wanted to go there for dinner, so we would go one day.

And, extra pictures of the restaurant interior.

Wildebeest in Vancouver Wildebeest in Vancouver

Wildebeest

Address: 120 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Across from SFU at Woodward’s and London Drugs)
TEL: 604-687-6880
Facebook: page
Twitter: @WildebeestYVR
Urbanspoon: page
Opentable: reservation?

Brunch/Dinner
[Tue – Fri] 17:00 – 0:00
[Sat – Sun] 10:00 – 14:00, 17:00 – 0:00
*Closed: Mondays

Price Note
– Coffee $3.00
– Mini Donuts, Seasonal Custard $4.00
– Croque Madame $13.00
– Side Smoked Cheddar Bierwurst $5.00
– Steaks & Eggs $17.00

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