I've been twice. First visit was mixed, but I saw potential I liked. Second visit, new menu, prices up by 30 to 40%. They are trying to do a quality job here, but it just didn't work. Too many weird things and ends up one of the most expensive breakfasts in Vancouver.
First time, I had brunch and I did enjoy it, but left feeling that it wasn't quite right. Let's be clear though, the quality of the food here is very good. I love the homemade ketchup, hot sauce and jam. That's classy and appreciated. Good, strong coffee too. And the room is lovely. We sat at a booth that is nice and spacey and has really cushy benches. Service is very friendly and attentive too.
So I ordered the corned beef hash. I love a hash and with home made corned beef, that just sounded awesome. It was very good, but at the same time, not how I would have preferred it. It came with a good portion of sauerkraut which was under the eggs. I get it, corned beef and sauerkraut are meant to go together, but here it made the eggs taste very vinegary and I didn't like that. Easy option, ask for it on the side, but it's just a bad idea in the first place.
The other thing was that the corned beef was a big pile separate to the rest. For a hash, I expected it to be chopped up and fried with the potatoes and probably some onions too. On the side meant that really, it was a case of putting the hash together on your plate. Missing was the kind of cooked hash experience that I love. It's also served in a bowl, which I didn't prefer.
This sounds like a lot of complaints, but the ingredients and the the cooking were still very good. I wouldn't hesitate to come back here, but would try something else, and so I did...
So second time. Turns out, they changed the menu recently. They no longer have bacon and eggs. No bacon at all, which is a little odd for a place with a pig sign outside, but whatever. Prices are much higher now. All breakfasts used to be $11, which to be fair, was pretty reasonable. Now they are around $14 or $15. On top of that, you don't get toast with most options, so buying toast is another $5. That makes a $14 breakfast $19. Wow! That is one expensive breakfast!
We ordered the the short rib with sous vide eggs. What the heck is "sous vide eggs"? Well, it's eggs poached in a slightly different way that had them delivered near raw and all slimy. Really horrible. Appreciated that they swapped them for us, but really, these pretentiously named eggs are just a bad idea.
The warm kale breakfast was unusual and very nicely prepared. If you like vege for breakfast, this was a winner, but again, no toast. I had pork belly and eggs (no bacon!) The pork belly was really tasty though. Eggs were over easy and were overcooked. Almost hard. The idea is that they are flipped over for a second and served. These were cooked on the other side. Cooking easy over eggs is pretty basic stuff for a brunch place.
As I said earlier, great room and nice service, but sadly, this is now a miss for me. Way too expensive and feels like the chef is just trying too hard to impress. Sad about that as I was kind of in love with the place the first time.