Crave on Main is one of Vancouver’s favorite brunch spots praised for its local fresh ingredients (but then again, most restaurants nowadays all praise to use local and organic ingredients). Anyways, Crave has an urban vibe mixed with minimalistic white wall decor. On those…
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We’ve passed by Locus Restaurant on many occasions travelling down Main Street looking for a bit to eat. But we never really had a urge to venture inside. The exterior is someone dark and the insides was rather gothic-esque. You know… with the dark atmosphere, some red lighting, random forest and branches inside… It wasn’t until our friend Tina suggest we have brunch at Locus Restaurant. Service was friendly and prompt. The plus side was that we sat next to the big window… plenty of natural sunlight. I think I may be somewhat depressed sitting inside in the dark-side. It’s not like I stepped out from Vampire Diaries.
There are plenty of daily brunch specials which all seemed to have ran out by 1pm. No more protein quiche and special omelette. I like how they offered organic local produces and smoothies. Fresh breads (cinnamon and white) are served with sugar butter and a spicy jalapeno.
Huevos Rancheros 13: 2 creamy eggs (sunny side up my favorite), spicy black beans, jalapeno jack cheese and a house-made corn tortilla topped with salsa, sour cream, and guacamole. The crunchy tortilla on the bottom of the eggs added a nice texture. I love the southern mix.
Locus Restaurant was a pleasant surprise and now we have another brunch place to add to our list. I could get used to this. Prices are fairly reasonable too.
4121 Main St Vancouver, British Columbia V5V 3P6
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Royal Milk Tea
I was expecting velvety richness and kick of caffeine like those in Hong Kong or the ones that comes from a bottle in Kirin Special Double Royal Milk Tea (麒麟午后红茶). Although tasty, this milk tea lacked some serious flavours.
If you are expecting a lot of flavours to wow you, this isn’t the place. The focus is simplicity and homey. Low sodium and low calories.
A blank of egg gently cooked blankets the individually cheese smothered rice. Drizzled with some ketchup for added flavours. There aren’t any meat inside. I would prefer some chorizo but I guess this is woudln`t the Japanese way?
Overall this quaint little 6 tabled Marulilu café is a unique experience and offers a simpler, lighter choice to brunch. Ingredients are fresh and good quality but I find it lacked some seasoning.
I hear the okonomiyaki are pretty tasty. Perhaps one day I will return when I run out of ideas for lunch.
Marulilu Cafe Japanese Restaurant
Cuisine: Japanese, Breakfast & Brunch, Cafes
Mon 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tue 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wed 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thu 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
451 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Y 1R4
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