Little Nest is a kid friendly breakfast joint.
I totally agree with the past 3 reviewers that this place is more "kid-friendly" than an afternoon brunch escape with the girlfriends. This place is created FOR kids so that parents may catch up on their nutrients.
The atmosphere is really neat, I love the retro decor. The colour, lighting, furniture and open kitchen works really well into incorporating a "home" atmosphere.
One thing I must complain about this place is the portion. For $10, you get 2 slices of bread, 2 eggs and a spoonful of chickpeas. Oh and a drizzle of pesto. Sounds like a lot when you're reading but don't let the words fool you. An average size girl can finish this plate within a matter of minutes!
I noticed a lot of people dropping in just to buy a cup of coffee and baked goods. Perhaps that's the "highlight" of this restaurant. Will return next time for a quick snack while wandering along the drive.
I saw the photos and reviews of this place and decided to hold my my bridal shower here. Food looked great, the place looked great, and it seemed like a cozy/casual place to have a get together. Big mistake.
I adore children, but this place was like a daycare/zoo. The 'play area' took up nearly half the restaurant. It was more like a daycare with a coffee counter. It was so messy, crowded and loud.
The food took at least 20 minutes per order and they kept screwing up and giving people the wrong stuff and insisted it was OUR fault the orders got mixed up. Everytime any of us ordered something, the counter employees acted totally stressed and miserable to have us there. Everything we got (eventually) after the ridiculous wait times, was served to us cold - even the coffee. The workers were completely rude and stressed out. I found it appalling since they knew we were coming in the first place.
We were a party of 10 that had discussed this event with Little Nest a couple of weeks before hand. They said in their email that they were 'quieter this time of year' and there wouldn't be much waiting.
Tthe place was insanely busy and loud, we could barely hear each other talk, and lineups were about 4-10 people long all throughout.
The food was OK. Nothing spectacular. Your friends and family can easily make this fare. Scrambled eggs are not exactly hard. It really seemed more like a place for single parents to bring their hyper kids and check each other out.
The only reason I had fun was because I had my amazing friends/family with me. But EVERYBODY was aghast that this place told us they could accommodate us, didn't mention how insane it gets in there, and still didn't do anything to make it comfortable.
They knew we were having a bridal shower and TOLD US WE COULDN"T TAKE PICTURES. (After my brother-in-law brought about $6,000 worth of photo equipment to capture this special day). It's a bridal shower. OF COURSE there's gonna be a camera.
I had to wait 25 minutes for toast and eggs. And it was cold when I got it. Nobody could eat because of the noisy atmosphere and children crawling over everything. You would think they would've thought about dedicating ONE employee to just keep an eye on our party throughout. We all had brunch, coffee and even ordered an entire cake for the event, and we weren't' treated very well throughout the whole experience.
I guess this might be a great place for parents to check out other hot parents (MILFS and DILFS), ooh-and-ahh over the adorable kids, and order their peanut-free/free range brunches, but I can't believe the Little Nest management didn't foresee that it would be impossible to comfortably have a bridal shower here.
I did enjoy Little Nest in the past. It was one of my go to places that I regularly recommended. NOT ANYMORE. Wow, what happened? The food is still good but the wait for a simple dish was epic. When a staff member made a mistake with my order and I respectfully brought it to their attention, all I got in return was a whole lot of attitude.
No thanks! Too many other good choices on the Drive for me to put up with shoddy service again.
As someone who finds dining out with me two year a exercise in frustration, I was keen to try out Little Nest to see if their concept would make for a positive dining experience. Well I have to say that it certainly did. Despite it being busy on a Sunday morning the service was very friendly and efficient. Rather than having to chase my son around as is typically the dining out norm, my wife and I appreciated being able to sit at a table near the play area and enjoy our breakfast while watching our son play with the other kids. I was curious to see if their food lived up to the billing of being imaginative & inspired as described on the website. By all accounts it did. Both my wife and I found the scrambled eggs to be incredibly tasty and the breakfast special, which also featured polenta and a vegtable, pesto, black bean combination, was very enjoyable and struck me as being a unique breakfast dish.
All in all the food was very good, the service was solid and my wife and I got to enjoy breakfast while our son had fun. We will certainly be back!
If you don't like being around plenty of children, this probably isn't the place for your morning coffee/breakfast; however, we don't have kids but stopped by anyway for breakfast this morning. (Grab a seat outside if you want more peace and quite). Surprisingly, most kids were well-behaved (probably because the establishment provides many things for little kids to entertain themselves with). Apart from that, breakfast was fantastic. Delicious scrambled eggs using free-range, organic eggs, accompanied with a variety of cherry tomatoes, olive tapanade, fresh basil and those DELICIOUS polenta "croutons". LOVED their raspberry, pear, ricotta cheese and almond muffins...and I'm not even a fan of muffins. Great coffee. Would like to see more of these restaurants in Vancouver. Good value, good service...will go back again.
counter ordering, breaky joint just off commercial drive and charles st. it's on the side street, not on busy commercial drive. from the outside it looks small, but once through the doors, it's actually quite a large breaky joint. all vintage furniture, right down to the high-chair for your little one. communal tables, too. open concept kitchen, and tons of staff behind the counter. chalkboard menu, which i'm guessing it changes often. i had french toast, w/strawberries. fresh, very light french toast, quite enjoyed it. not soggy. the staff will give you a square wooden alphabet block letter, so they know which table you're at to bring your order. they even brought my coffee, which makes me think it's an americano, possibly. place is roomy, large enough, and tables not crammed. all in all, a nice breaky joint. but, definitely a kid friendly restaurant. when i arrived, line-up went to the door, but it moved quickly. try it. i believe the owner is formerly of lumiere, i think.
I have an 18 month old, so finding a place where kids are not only welcome but encouraged is sometimes difficult. This place is a gem.
Some of the best breakfast dishes you will ever eat, their brioche french toast with creme freche and pistachios is to die for.
Its a little pricey for breakfast/brunch (depending on what you are looking for), but seeing as you get fresh local possibly organic ingredients, its not really too outrageous.
Not a place to come to relax, but a great place to bring the wee ones.
We LOVE this place, and do have a five year old and a 22 month old. The food is just amazing and it's well run, clean with very friendly staff who do not seem to find the noise and confusion created by all the little ones and are extremely adept at carrying food and drinks with children running around.
The food is so good, but I have to admit that when my son only eats less than half his grilled cheese sandwich, I can't help but think of the cost. Although I usually end up finishing it because it's so good. The breakfast eggs (changes daily) are one of the best in Vancouver.
We've gone often and although it can get busy at peak times, the staff never looks stressed. When it's quiet, they take the opportunity to do a bit of clean up and tidying. Excellent restaurant on the Drive. Wish there were more....
PS And to the other reviewer, yes, the owner was the pastry chef at Lumiere.