Cora's has been specializing in healthy, fresh breakfast and lunch since 1987. Serving up omelettes, crepes, waffles, fruit, salads and many more family friendly meals there is something for everyone.
Finally decided to go to Cora to see what the hype is all about. The ambiance was good. You would have never guessed how roomy and airy the whole place is from outside their front entrance, but beyond the door it just opened up to a whole different place.
We were seated right away. It took a while for our server to come over to us. He has a very heavy accent, so we had trouble understanding him. My water was only refilled once, and that was after I had to ask, and he never brought the extra pack of peanut butter I requested for my toast.
My friend ordered the crepe panini, and I ordered the Cora's Special. First thing I noticed about my breakfast was that the crepe that it came with looked more like a pancake because it was tough and very thick. They should have just said it's served with pancakes, because they would have made a lot more sense. The potato wedges were overdone, been in the oven for too long and so they were hard and tasteless. I was definitely expecting more from Cora's.
Definitely nothing special about the Cora's Special, it was mediocre at best. Very disappointed. And the surprising thing was that they charged me $0.60 per package of maple syrup for my "so-called" crepes. I've definitely had better breakfasts, even at ABC Restaurant. Slightly more expensive than other breakfast joints, but definitely not worth the price!
We went here for the first time on Sunday, had to wait in line for about 15 mins. My partner had the eggs benny and I had eggs with sausage, that came with lots of fried potato wedges & toast. I found the scrambled eggs a bit too runny and soft, I prefer Ihop/Denny eggs that have a more heavier texture. The eggs benny was about $12.00 but there was lots (almost too much) fresh fruit: half a banana, half a kiwi, half an orange, apple slices, a wedge of pineapple & cantalope, a strawberry and lots of fried potatos. We were full after eating that but not sure if will return since they don't serve pancakes here and lunch is not an option on the weekends...
I was surprised to see the bad reviews of Cora Breakfast and Lunch...
I'm from Quebec and we have so many Cora's!!! I was more than pleased when I realized that this franchise was finally here, in BC!
Try to find a breakfast place that serve this variety of fresh fruits... NONE! The Dutch? No and in the same price range. Ricky's? Hell NO! It's frozen ones!
For those people who said that it was not worth their money, I'd say that you should just go back to ABC or other cheap breakfast place. Cora's price goes between $8 to $14 the plate. My bill is usually around $15 with the coffee included. Is it that high for a good breakfast?!?
I've never had a bad service. Waiters at Cora work together. You have a main waiter, but another will come with your plate and another one to refill your coffee constantly! And, bonus, some of them speak French! It feels a little bit more like home for me. :)
Every time that I go to Cora, I feel good. People are awesomely nice and I'm always coming out of there with a smile in my face.
Oh! Don't forget to grab a piece of fudge after paying your bill! Yummy...
My classic: The Strawberry Satisfaction with English Cream. Delectable!
I'll always go back to Cora, always...
Future location to be opened in South Surrey... Yeah!
We really enjoyed our breakfasts at Cora's. The amount and variety of fruit they give you is lovely. The food is solid. It's not outstanding but exactly what you want for a weekend brunch and much better than the average greasy spool. The only draw back is the horrible ambiance at this place. It's looks like it used to be a kids after school activity centre. It's too cold and childish and the noise levels make it hard to have a nice conversation. But the place is clean and the service was exactly what you'd want in a large breakfast place.
We'll be back.
I heard great things about the new "Cora" that opened in Coquitlam. Originally, I thought they were referring to a residential tower in Burnaby not far from where I live, but it turns out Cora is actually a famous breakfast and lunch chain with a rich history. Our party of four made our way into Coquitlam on a Monday afternoon with high expectations...as I said I've heard great things about this place from a coworker. The restaurant is tucked away in a corner of a strip mall and gives off the impression that it's a small place. It wasn't. I learned that they are one of the bigger Cora's around with over 200 seats. A bright place, nice open ceiling and the part I liked best is a complete open kitchen. The fruit welcomes you when you come in...and it's all real. I am big on coffee and didn't know what to expect so I decided to try regular drip coffee first as it's cheaper than an espresso. Really good! I was surprised. I finished my coffee and went for an espresso...and again the coffee was great! I was pleasantly surprised. My friend enjoyed a fruit cocktail that is basically a full cup of blended fruit...they don't add sugar to these. The menu had a lot of really good items to choose from, but I finally settled for blueberry pancakes...(I guess I wasn't feeling adventurous). My "blueberry fields" arrived in no time and I was so happy that Cora uses real 100% pure Quebec maple syrup. The pancakes were cooked perfect, lots of blueberries and enough food on my plate to feed an army. I also did alot of picking at my friends' food. One ordered a bagel with smoked salmon and a huge plate of fruit, also had Brie cheese on it. It looked soooo good and when I tried it it tasted even better. Also, another friend ordered a crepe that he said was the best crepe he's ever had. It was filled with fresh fruit. The only real issue I had was at the end when I went to pay and found out Amex isn't accepted. You'd think it would be. Also, I have to add that I was expecting to pay a little more for quality food especially with all the fruit being offered. I highly recommend Cora and those of you who haven't tried it will love it. However, don't bring your Amex.
My fiance and I get the same days off and we love going out for breakfast, we normaly alternated from DeDutch or Ihop (which was his fav) but we decided to try Cora as we had heard about it from friends who lived in Calgary.. I have to say when you walk in your greeted at the door first by the wonderful arrangment of fruit decore wither in flower shapes or fishes made out of melons and even birds, then by the hostesses or by the kitchen staff who seemed to be enjoying their job a little to much by smiling and laughing. My fiance and I were seated at a both and only took about a minute for a very cheerful server to greet us and tell us the daily special and take our drink order. My fiance had one of the fruit smoothes and then another as they seem to use only real fruit in their smoothies and not some powder stuff. I had coffee that tasted better then starbucks. the server only took about 5 minutes to return with the berverages and then we ordered from a wide range of meals. My fiance had the sunshine panini ham that came with half a plate of fruit and I had the buckwheat blessing which also came with half a plate of fruit as well as a apple spear that looked like it took forever to make. My blessing were fantastic and have been my favorite for the last few times I have been back. My fiance chowed down on his panini and ate all his fruit ( which is funny as he is not a fruit eater at home) when I menitoned he must have liked his meal he said the fruit was so fresh that it seemed fresher there from when you buy it at the store. we sat a bit to digest and enjoy our surroundings the decor on the walls of the selected items you can buy all over the wall made you feel cozy and at home. the servers all seemed so friendly with all th guests as well as each other and you could hear some great singing from the kitchen staff and you can tell they truly love their job. Towards the mid of our morning one of the owners named Blake came to our table to check in on us and tell us a bit more about Cora.. and I can tell you after what Ive learned and the wonderful experiance I had we have been going back every week ever since...
Thanks so much to the Cora staff
My SO and I visited this spot on Good Friday for an early-afternoon brunch.
We dreaded a line-up but were thankfully welcomed right in. The place was full (as expected) with families, young groups, older (after church?) couples. A cavernous space; plenty of booths & tables jammed in. Lighting was annoyingly bright (spotlights catch you when you're seated), but the space was nice & clean.
Server was 'past her prime'. Dismal. Memorized the greeting and also the requirement to upsell for juices, sides or meat after taking our order. I hate that. Offered a coffee refill but then wandered off... fortunately her teammates brought our meals and she eventually came around with more coffee.
The meals: This place is all about crepes - and I like crepes. These were tasteless and tough / chewy.
- My SO had some raspberry monstrocity. She liked the large quantity of berries (fresh!), but the proportions were off and she felt the recipe was simply incorrect. No sides or garnish.
- I had the omelette wrapped in a crepe. Maybe that was my mistake, but hey - I like omelettes and also crepes! The recipe was a mistake. Bland & chewy. Not good. Received some perfunctory toast and also a ramiken of fruit.
The bill was $35 with tip.
We agreed that we will not return. DeDutch will see us when we are in the mood for this type of a breakfast - they do it so much better!
We used to go all the time to The Dutch that is until Cora's Opened. Cora's has a huge menu. Most of dishes come with lots of fresh fruit or veggies. Fresh fruit juices and an espresso machine if you want something more then plain coffee. If you want meat and carbs, The Dutch is better for that. On the negative side Cora's is way understaffed and I mean always to a point where I feel bad for the servers who are all very friendly at this location. They eggs always come out like they were microwaved, no sign of crispness on the edges.
I first went to Cora thanks to some friends who moved in to the area. We had a large group that grew bigger due to lack of communication, and they were able to accommodate us well.
The place is very bright and uplifting. Almost geared towards a kids look, but still bearable.
The key thing about this place is the fruit. SO much fruit and its great and healthy!
Many of the plates come with loads of fruit and the pictures really do match the meals! Some very interesting artistic culinary skills happening here.
I recommend getting a smoothie here. One of the best I get, and draped in a few pieces of fruit as well. Well worth it!
Complaints made by other reviewers regarding the crepes are correct. They are some sort of midway between a pancake and a crepe, so be forewarned. I didn't mind personally, but I knew about it walking in.
I guess the service will depend on who you get, but the very pretty girl serving us was actually quite good. Despite the place getting totally packed and crazy busy with a line out the door, she was able to get our drink and food orders promptly but after we were served everything she didn't come back as often. It is REALLY busy there.
The prices were reasonable. Fruit prices vary depending on what you get, and if you get a fruit meal there is quite a bit of variety. If you are planning on hitting a Denny's or IHOP for breaky, consider this place. About the same price point with waaaay healthier options.
Come early. Showing up at 9 had little issue with seating, but come around 10 and its a different story. Be prepared to put your name on the list and wait in line for a few minutes.
We tried this place last weekend. Walking in, upon first impression it looked like a De Dutch Pannekoek house but after a kids birthday party. Huge tacky decals on the walls and a french county color pallete that made you wonder where they got their inspiration - Party Bizarre?
Unfortunately we had high hopes for this place we had heard good things about. (Well...from one person) so our expecations may have been too high. We couldn't get over the amount of staff in the place and it wasn't even full. There was what appeared to be a general manager, a food runner (who was french and ranted about the maple syrup that he brought to the table until we heard him mention each little puck of liquid was 60 cents extra..) 6 line cooks in uniforms, 2 prep cooks, a head chef, a couple hostesses, and 3 servers. (Gotta give them points for keeping the provincial unemployment rate down).
Then we read the menu. At a glance the pictures looked promising but the prices were outragous. Everything on the menu was overpriced by at least $4 for what you are actually getting. And we're not talking about the mountain of fruit they so cleverly place on every plate to make it look so appealing. Frankly, who wants to fill up on a huge fruit bowl when you're main reason for dining out is to expect getting a nice eggs benny? I don't have anything against fruit as a garnish, but to me it looks like Cora's banks on this being what draws the eye away from the main course, creating an illusion of value when all you're getting is powder mixed hallandaise and bland potato wedges. We had two breakfasts, the dry crepes with the over priced sweet cream (again not fresh made but from a package) and the ham eggs benny with two coffees. Our bill came to over $40.
Needless to say - we won't be back.
I really expected a lot from this place since everytime I passed by and it's got this huge line up.
So my kids invited me in the morning after Father's day, we were really happy it was just half full.
However, all we could eat was fruits, fruits, and fruits. well, believe me, we enjoyed the fruits and
it was pleasant for breakfast. However, the other things like the crepes and sandwichs were disappointing
since the custard had no taste, and the sandwich were no connections to the fruits. It's very interesting
to see different ingredients from other typical breakfast restaurants such the one across the street, but
I guess based on our meat-loving family, we prefered more hearty and comfy meals.
And I just wonder what will happen when the winter comes and there won't be so much berries, watermelons, or apples around.
And to compare, the meals are not on the cheap side. they are considerably expensive since all we got
I am sad to say we probably won't return to eat for a while.
But I would recommend people to try it once and enjoy the variety of fruit they provide. It is certainly a
different experience for breakfast.
I used to be a student in Ontario years ago and a friend suggested that we go to Cora's for breakfast. I had never heard of the place but I figured why not. And I discovered the greatest breakfast eatery ever.When I moved back to BC I made sure to go there one last time and I was a little sad that I'd never have an April 89 crepe again. And thus began numerous kitchen attempts to recreate them myself. (Didn't work. I wound up substituting liquors for water and made "boozy" crepes instead lol.)
A few months ago my husband and I were in Coquitlam and I saw the cheery yellow sun sign and insisted that we go for breakfast there.
Ok so the decor is a bit cheesy and it's noisy. But the food is worth it! People have been complaining about the prices; they are standard and are actually a great deal when you look at the mountains of fresh fruit that you're served here. Nearly every dish comes with a variety of fresh fruit (no canned fruit cocktail or wedge of old melon here) and anyone who has worked in the food industry will tell you that it's an excellent deal.
The dishes themselves are great. We usually opt for one savory item and one sweet so that we don't have to choose lol.
Really if you want a cheap breakfast then there's always IHOP or McDonalds. But if you're looking for something that is fairly healthy and of good quality then this is a very good choice.
We decided to try the newly opened Cora's this morning in Coquitlam. This is a perfect example of cheap fast food. They will actually serve you bologna for breakfast with your toast and eggs.
I always find it curious why restaurant's need to put seasoning on the potatotes while they are cooking them. The pancakes tasted sour and smelled strange, and the crepes had no taste.
For a well known restarant in other parts of Canada, you would think they would serve better food.
Go to the White Spot across the parking lot if you want a good breakfast.
The food was tasty but the ambience a little cafeteria like and quite expensive.
My wife went to the washroom to wash her hands and her return mentioned that there was no hot water. I also went to wash up before eating an noticed the same.
We both have experience in the food industry and know that shutting down on hot water is a common cost cutting measures by owners trying to save money.
I expressed my concerns through the company website only to have it diverted back to the franchise and told that it was looked into and that there were no issues noted.
I was in there last week and again couldn't help notice that there still wasn't any hot water. I let the tap run for about 2 minutes, still cold.
Although its a little pricey, I love the food I just wish that they would get their act together.