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Crave On Main, Vancouver (Riley Park) – Brunch x Patio

Crave On Main, Vancouver (Riley Park) – Brunch x Patio

  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…

Wildebeest, Vancouver (Gastown) #Brunch

Wildebeest, Vancouver (Gastown) #Brunch

What do you look for in a restaurant? I longed to be surprised and excited. I want food to be punctuated with flavours and complexities and not simply thrown together. We can came to Wildebeest for a daylight view for their wooden high top tables…

Locus Restaurant & Lounge, Vancouver (Riley Park)

Locus Restaurant & Lounge, Vancouver (Riley Park)

Locus Bar Lounge

Locus Bar Lounge
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.
Locus Bar Lounge

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.

 

Locus Bar Lounge

Egg White Omelette 12: Sauteed mushrooms, wilted spinach, and goat cheese folded into free range egg whites. I healthy alternative where tastes aren’t discounted.
Locus Bar Lounge

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 Bar Lounge

Organic Lamb Burger 14: A mouth watery juicy lamp patty, seaoned perfectly and served on a multi-grain bun. Pistachio-mint pesto and brie with greens and roasted potatoes.
Locus Bar Lounge

 

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.
Locus on Urbanspoon
4121 Main St Vancouver, British Columbia V5V 3P6

(604) 708-4121

 

 

 

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Nice Cafe, Vancouver (Mount Pleasant)

Nice Cafe, Vancouver (Mount Pleasant)

  A great greasy diner breakfast is what Nice Cafe is. This busy place dishing out breakies and morning Joes has survived many moons. It can probably be listed with one of the oldest Vancouver breakfast restaurants alongside Paul’s Omelettery or Bon’s. Iconic to Mount Pleasant…

Catch 122 Cafe Bistro Vancouver Gastown | Brunch and Ducks

Catch 122 Cafe Bistro Vancouver Gastown | Brunch and Ducks

  Hastings is a scary street. It became a national concern with Downtown East Side. I grew up going to church in Chinatown and would often trek down to Hastings. I was fearful as it seems like I am in a Zombie movie where mindless…

Marulilu Cafe Japanese Restaurant, Vancouver (Mount Pleasant)

Marulilu Cafe Japanese Restaurant, Vancouver (Mount Pleasant)

MARILULU Cafe Japanese Restaurant Vancouver

MARILULU Cafe Japanese Restaurant Vancouver
 

Marulilu sounds almost like a song out of The Beatles vinyl album. But it’s actually a small Japanese café in the Mount Pleasant area.  We stumbled across Marulilu Cafe Japanese Restaurant one day after church at Tenth Church. It is on West Broadway off Cambie near La Taqueria. Marulilu Japanese reminds me a lot of Moii Crepes in Kitsilano and Cafe L’Orangerie in Marpole.

 

MARILULU Cafe Japanese Restaurant Vancouver
The menu is uniquely strange and specializes in Japanese / Canadian style comfort food – home like with Ome Rich (omelette rice with cheese), oyako donburi, Japanese style breakfast with nikujaga, rice and tofu with natto beans (fermented from soya beans and salt), Okonomiyaki, royal milk tea, etc. You can also find Western products like waffles, eggs benny, toasted bagels, etc.

 

 

 

MARILULU Cafe Japanese Restaurant Vancouver

 

 

 

The variety at this friendly restaurant is ridiculous. The chalk boards are filled and it is all too hard to make a decisions, especially if you are indecisive. You are spend hours (ok, maybe a little exaggerated)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Royal Milk Tea
MARILULU Cafe Japanese Restaurant Vancouver
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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Japanese Style Breakfast
MARILULU Cafe Japanese Restaurant Vancouver

MARILULU Cafe Japanese Restaurant Vancouver
Comes with rice, scrambled eggs, small piece of salmon, miso soup and your choice of either 1. tofu 2. Natto

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.

As for Natto – you either love it or hate it. Slimy and sticky spider-web texture.
MARILULU Cafe Japanese Restaurant Vancouver

MARILULU Cafe Japanese Restaurant Vancouver

MARILULU Cafe Japanese Restaurant Vancouver

Comes with sesame oil and bean paste so you can mix it up yourself.
Ome Rice with Cheese
MARILULU Cafe Japanese Restaurant Vancouver

MARILULU Cafe Japanese Restaurant Vancouver

MARILULU Cafe Japanese Restaurant Vancouver
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 on Urbanspoon
Marulilu Cafe Japanese Restaurant
Cuisine: Japanese, Breakfast & Brunch, Cafes
Hours
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
(604) 568-4211

 

 

 

The Flying Pig Vancouver Yaletown | Brunch over Pulled Pork Benedict

The Flying Pig Vancouver Yaletown | Brunch over Pulled Pork Benedict

      Would you believe me if I told you pigs could fly? But they do in Yaletown, Vancouver! This piggie, The Flying Pig Vancouver Yaletown is one of the gems. A boutique restaurant that serves brunch, whips out a mean Caesar, and offers not…

Holy Crap Breakfast Cereal – milking the hype?

Holy Crap Breakfast Cereal – milking the hype?

Holy Crap cereal originally appeared on the Dragon’s Den where their fame to fortunes began. Home to beautiful British Columbia and a short ferry ride away in Sechelt, Sunshine Coast, co-founders of HapiFoods Group Inc, Corin and Brian Mullins created artisan made cereals with organic…