Last Sunday, I was looking for a new brunch place to try in downtown Vancouver as we were meeting my oldest girlfriend (as in longest term – since I was 6 years old in Terrace) and her husband who were in town from Victoria for a wedding. I hadn’t noticed before that Twisted Fork Bistro, a small French restaurant, was open for brunch only on weekends, but after a bit of searching I found this to be the case. So we headed over to the Granville Entertainment District and met up shortly after noon.
Upon our arrival it was quite busy inside, so we had to wait about 25 minutes for a table for the five of us. We weren’t starving and it was a gorgeous sunny day so the girls (my mom, my girlfriend and I) decided to just pass the time by chatting on the sidewalk and catching up, while the guys went shoe shopping down the street (Mike and my friend’s husband).
After pretty much exactly 25 minutes had passed, we were seated at the back corner of the narrow restaurant, where there was a bit more space for a larger group. We called up the boys and they wandered back with some success on their quick shopping stint and arrived a few minutes later.
I had forgotten that it was actually Easter Sunday, and I unrolled my napkin while taking a look at the menu to find a little chocolate egg within. A perfect unhealthy first bite of food for the day!
We took a little while perusing the menu after ordering a table full of drinks, ranging from lattes to their French press refillable coffees and fresh fruit juices.
The funny thing about this meal was that I was so intent on taking pictures of everyone else’s food, that I forgot to snap a shot of my own. I ordered the Eggs Benny, with bacon (you can choose your protein or veggies from a large list), and these ones came with a side of beans, sauteed spinach, and a rosti (which is basically a flat fried potato pancake). I recall the spinach standing out in this dish, and the Benedict itself was great with bacon on it, but I’ve definitely had better (like the one at Provence). Mike also ordered the same dish, but with ham instead. I would give this an average 3 out of 5 rating.
My mom decided to order the Spiced Beet Borscht and aged white cheddar Grilled Cheese. We used to eat borscht on occasion at home (the Ukrainian side of me) and this one was quite a bit different. I liked the thickness of the soup, and it was interesting that it seemed to have a tomato base to it. The grilled cheese itself was crispy with lots of butter on the sourdough bread and a perfect amount of cheese. The salad was dressed with a pesto sauce and it was nice and light.
The Banana Stuffed French Toast was also quite tasty. The bananas were cooked so they had the sweet warm flavour I love so much, and when drenched in maple syrup with a dollop of whipped cream, they were great. These were served with a side of fresh strawberries and slices of apple – a great compliment.
The last dish that I managed to try was the Croque Monsieur with brioche, gruyere and ham and a side green salad with tomatoes. I wasn’t too fond of this sandwich, as there was so much meat between the toasted bread, that I couldn’t really notice anything else, including the cheese.
Twisted Fork Bistro
1147 Granville St
Vancouver, BC, V6Z 1M1