After watching and waiting to see what would be the results of renovations, we finally made it into the quaint cafe. It appears to be a cozy little place, with a limited "fresh sheet" breakfast menu.
Special of the day was a "veggie" omelette, which two in our party had, and was described as having portobello mushrooms, courgette (zucchini), and red pepper. Some "cheese" was detected, but apparently quite subtle.
Another had the ham hock quiche, and a side of toast. The quiche was good, but the toast was not served with any spread (jam) and was not consumed.
The English breakfast with sausage, eggs, beans, tomatoes, was rapidly devoured.
The fifth in the party had the Eggs Benedict, which were served on "johnnycakes". The eggs were poached perfectly (which seems to be a rarity in Vancouver) and the hollandaise was nicely flavoured and proportioned to accompany the eggs, not drown them.
All the dishes were served with roasted potatoes and a bowl of "leafy green" salad. The potatoes were a touch cold, but the texture indicated freshness, and were nicely seasoned. The salad was lacking any crispness, and seemed to be salty, even though the dressing was light and lemony.
Those who had coffee were pleased with the full bodied flavour.
The table service was adequate, with the waitress being competent and friendly. The wait time for the ordered food was too long, running over half an hour, with a pretty empty dining room at half past ten on a Sunday morning.
Some nice details:
Cutlery, plates, and glasses are high quality and sparkling clean.
The kitchen that can be seen if you are sitting in the right place appears to be clean and well organized.
There is a bar with draught beer, and a Guiness tap.
The table and chairs are a rough hewn wood, which lend a sense of "ye olde English public house" to the place.
I wish it success, and will go back.