Brioche serves authentic Italian meets West Coast. Everything we serve is made from scratch - with love and creativity. Whether your style is low carb, low fat, vegetarian or full on carnivore, we aim to to wow your tastebuds.
We tried to go to Finch's but there was a line up out the door so we tried Brioche instead. I ordered the roast beef sandwich with gorgonzola cheese and the shrimp bisque. The sandwich was tasty although I couldn't taste the cheese; I suspect they may have forgotten to add it. The bisque was good as well; creamy with a strong shrimp taste and flavour depth. Overall I really enjoyed my lunch here and would return.
Went there today for lunch with high school girlfriend. Totally floored by this place. The pasta I had was wonderful, wicked sauce, mushrooms and a delicious steak on top and to top off the amazing experience, we both had the Tiramisu in a cup which was wonderful. My friend had the quiche and she too commented that it was good, so good that we wolfed down our food within minutes. The room was simple, unpretentious and service very friendly and efficient. I cannot say enough good things and I certainly cannot wait to return. It fills up fast at lunchtime so good thing we got there before noon to nap seats. Brioche rules!
Brioche has consistently great food and some very good values on the menu -- one real standout has been the soups, which are always delicious and one of the best deals in gastown. The "full soup" when ordered in the restaurant comes in a cauldron-sized tureen for $5.00 (with bread!) The salads and sandwiches are good as well but not as great of a value. I have never tried the pastas which look good but at 13.00 for a lunch are too expensive for me. The service is pleasant, and the atmosphere is not bad but it's a bit close to the downtown eastside. One time when I was in there a street person ran in and stole the tip jar, and the guy behind the counter chased after her, coming back in and saying "she does that all the time!"
I had lunch with my wife this afternoon.
I had the Chorizo (?) Sausage panini and a tiramisu while my wife had a salad, soup and tiramisu.
The food was generally good, though the panini could have been bigger. I enjoyed the tiramisu tremendously, except that most of the liquor was concentrated on a small piece of cookie.
Service was generally good, except for a grouchy server.
We were seated in the "back" room at Water Street - cozy little area, away from the crowd in the front at Cordova Street.
Generally, a pleasant lunch. Will return if I am in the area.
their menu is written on the wall with no description of what each dish is. In addition, there's no menioned of price anywhere for each dish. This made it greatly inconvenient to decide what to order. I order a pasta dish and a lentil soup. The food was delicious and for the cost of $20 is a bit pricey...
Went there for breakfast with parents. I wanted them to try a new breakfast place, as for me I have tried a few breakfast place and here is my two cents.
Atmosphere: isn't that great. Very packed in there, the table arrangements isn't that great. Hard to get in and out. But it is understandable of the floor plan of the cafe. Maybe they can take away one or two tables out. I went in the cold temperatures, it was pretty hot in there and stuffy. I don't think I will try this place in the summer, if it gets this hot in the mild spring, it must be boiling in the summer time.
Service: I don't know if you can call it service or not, all they do is bring the food to the table and that was it. One has to place the order first and then sit down. Don't know whether to tip or not for this but I did tip in the end. Should one even tip here?
Food: The only thing that I can praise about is the food. The food is pretty good for the pricing. Good portions, that is for me. For bigger appetites then maybe not big enough portions. Many varieties of food items. The only thing that I can say is that they don't have condiments, which is rare, but I guess they want one to taste the natural flavours? I am guessing, but seriously some ketchup would be nice with the eggs.
Overall, I would go back, but I would only go back in the cold months for breakfast that is. I wouldn't go back anytime soon as there are many other places to have breakfast and try. I would suggest those whom love breakfast, if you haven't given this place a try. You only live once.
Having been to Brioche twice, although busy and hard to get a table the food is worth it. The Tuna and caper panini is delish, and the asparagus and green bean salad tastes like it was picked out of the garden. Wish I could get the recipe for the dressing/glaze. Food tastes rustic, and I would definitely bring friends here for lunch or brunch.
This is incredibly good food. Soups are unbeatable -- made fresh with top of the line ingredients. You can't complain about service -- this is a counter service cafe, although when I'm in the shop I often see staff whisking orders off to one of the interesting shops in the area. Only complaint: food's a little salty.
My husband and I ate lunch for only $16 total! The food was delicious! We had potato soup, a green salad and a chicken panini, and all were excellent. The weather was warm (and dry) enough to sit at one of the small tables outside. I will definitely be going back, as there are many other items on the menu that i want to try.
I had $ 50 to spend on dinner and wanted to try something different.
Groupon had a coupon for this place on Friday, so I checked out their website.
Prices are only available on their website, btw.
Got there on Saturday at about 5 pm.
Mains are about $ 15.95 and include pasta/salad.
DH ordered a lamb shank with pasta and I had lobster ravioli with rose sauce.
You order at the counter and pay at the same time.
They bring the food to your table.
Portions are good and filling.
We were very full and desserts looked huge, so we'll come another time just for the dessert.
They have a tip jar at the counter. We threw in a toonie.
Nice not to have to tip 15%.
I go and eat often. I find the dishes to be great. The quality is very good. And in some dishes 2 can eat out of it. I have a comment to those that mark food 4-5 star and value 2-3. If food is that good, then the value should be that good.
My friend and I stumbled upon this quaint, cozy little cafe after shopping around Gastown. For the service, all I can say is that they were friendly (welcomed in cheerful tone, ordered our food at counter, pick your seat and sit down, they bring your food to the table, and "enjoy!"). I ordered a full Caesar salad, and it was pretty dee-lish (I guess any Caesar salad is good to me unless it's dripping with dressing, or the lettuce is wilted), a chai latte, and my friend got some sort of tomato panini. Took a bite of that and it was really good too. Overall, it's an ideal, comfortable place to grab a quick lunch and have a chat with your buddy.
Our group of three had a lovely lunch on a rather wet and dull Vancouver day.
On entering we were met with the light aroma of coffee wafting through the restaurant. The small restaurant has a wonderful ambiance - wooden floors, subtle artwork, specials and menu blackboard. The tables are not too cramped in the small space and the noise level is not too high.
My cioppino soup was brimming with seafood, simmered in a flavoursome garlic and tomato broth. It also came accompanied with a Greek salad - that I was unable to finish. My friend's gnocchio with wild mushroom sauce was delightfully soft. Our third main was another special - the Italian hamburger - (meatloaf and cheese covered in a tomato sauce on a bread) this too was delicious and the portion was generous.
What let Brioche down a little was the service and the cost. The staff who came out to the tables were attentive, friendly and smiley. The same couldn't really be said for the guy behind the till - there was no smile and it seemed a little too impersonal. (When we spent $45 on lunch I do want there to be personality).
I would go back but for something to take away or for a coffee.
Brioche makes some incredible, authentic italian dishes. Most of their food is cooked from scratch, so, though it is quite riche, it is not really too unhealthy. Try their asparagus crab salad. It is amazing. Or their home made Gnochi. The pricepoint is a little steep than other lunch spots in the neighbourhood, but considering everything is made from scratch I think it is worth it. They treat their regular custimers like gold. Stephan and the girls at the front desk are awesome!
Went to Brioche Bakery to try it out after viewing the menu online. Ordered a custom omelette, and when it came out, it was runny and the toast was cold, not even warm, COLD. My gf asked for a coconut macaroon and it was hard as a rock. Could not even break it apart when i tried. Absolute rubbish. This wasn't random as the couple behind us had their omelettes remade. Will not be returning.
The decor is stylish and has nice relaxing atmosphere. I had a panini and my partner had an omellette. Everything was quite tasty and yes, they have great coffee as well. All their decadent desserts are displayed beautifully but without any labelling as what they are. I had to get a server to explain each one of them and it was rather tedious.
I like the veg pizza for lunch. The bread and soup they have during lunch is good too. The Tiramisu is excellent.
One could take the trouble to clean the tables after people have left. And also see to it that there are clean glasses for drinking water.
I think the service is quick if you want to grab something and head back to the office during lunchtime.
Cozy cafe-style nook in gastown, went there for lunch as it was close to work. Service was excellent, food was delicious. Had the steak w/ mushroom sauce over pasta. The pasta was perfectly cooked, my only qualm was that it was $14.95, which was abit pricey for lunch, however I had enough left-over to bring it back for dinner (and yeah, i was buying steak). Initially bought it because of the NY striploin, but the pasta was the best part. Will definitely be returning. The place gets packed around lunch though, but the food was served pretty quickly.
Worst panini i ever had. Loaded with Mayo and cold. I actually ordered another overpriced dish so I could eat with the rest of my party since the panini was gross. The second dish also came cold and took a while to get to me even though I explained why I ordered it.
What a waste of money!
Brioche has one thing...it's location. With an enterance off Water Street it's not hard to take a chance and see if the name lives up to its French roots. I took some of my foodie friends for a quick Sunday lunch and to our surprize the ambiance worked for the tiny restaurant. But for the most part the food was nothing specacular. It was soliid and has decent flovours but nothing came extremely warm and it didn't really have that subtle but intense flavour thay you would expect from French and Italian cooking. The prices for somethings were skewed and definitely more expensive than what went in them. Great place to try once but that's about it.