Forage – West End, Vancouver, BC

Forage
West End, Vancouver, BC
http://www.foragevancouver.com/

I was after a good brunch in BC one weekend and I happened upon an article describing he brunch on offer at forage.
I enlisted a friend to help me order as much as possible on the menu and after careful deliberation we settled on the following: The double fried pork chop sandwich, the corned bison hash and the spiced lentils.

Moving out of the comfort zone we were playing it dangerous with the bison hash which was paired with kale, house-made sauerkraut along with an IPA mustard hollandaise as well as the spiced lentils which was served in skillet with merguez sausage, poached eggs, spring peas, pea tips, mint yogurt and toast.

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They all came out together and looked amazing. The first thing I noticed was that the eggs were cooked perfectly on every dish.

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I started with the pork chop sandwich, done very classically; almost too much so, the sandwich lacked any defining flavours and could have done with more moisture, and the bread along with the double fried chop were quite dry.
This was definitely my least favourite dish.

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I went with the hash next and was not disappointed, the flavours all complimenting each other and each ingredient accenting different textures. The egg yolk spilled into the hash and added an extra creamy depth to it. This dish was not as heavy as I was expecting it to be; the potatoes and hash were light and lean and while full of flavour not leaving you feeling heavy and unhealthy.

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Lastly the lentils; I was most skeptical about this dish; I wasn’t sure how well they would put everything together but boy was I wrong. The dish was superb, the flavours, creamy textures of the lentils, sausage and the perfectly poached eggs worked wonders with their sourdough toast.

If I’m ever in Vancouver and looking for a great brunch I will definitely making another trip to forage.

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L’ouvrier – Trinity Bellwoods, TO

L’ouvrier
Trinity Bellwoods, Toronto
http://www.louvrier.ca/

L’ouvrier was a last minute brunch decision over the weekend; I wasn’t sure what to expect except that it had a pretty appetizing menu. After arriving we waited a short while for a table and I had a quick chat with the waitress about the idea behind L’ouvrier. It’s based on contemporary Canadian cuisine that’s sourced as locally as possible, ideally within 100km of Toronto

We got seated and placed our orders, my friend ordered the French toast while I went for the potato rosti with smoked trout and we decided to share their grilled cheese, I also ordered extra house hot sauce and an extra pickle to go with it.

All the food came out at once and the grilled cheese caught my eye; it was served oozing cheese and a mound of fries.

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I started with the rosti; it was served with smoked Lovell Springs trout, sour cream, arugula, fried shallots and capers, it was a really fresh and clean meal for something centred on a circle of fried potato. To fully enjoy the dish it’s best when you’ve mixed it and get a bite of everything together.

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I tried a bit of my friends French toast and he and I agreed that it was also very clean, no oily skillet taste and it didn’t leave you feeling like you’re eating something you’ll regret. My only problem was that was too simple, not a large amount of flavour from the egg soak and served very lightly with maple although the bacon did help, still, something that I couldn’t justify paying for.

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Lastly the Grilled cheese, served with smoked west grey brisket, Montreal spice, mustard all on house made k2 milling rye bread, the sandwich was full of flavour, layers of cheese and juicy brisket were a perfect match on their dense bread; in the end more like a pressed Reuben sandwich but still a great order; the fries, hot sauce and pickles were on point, all house made and also absolutely delicious.

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I was impressed with 2/3 of the dishes I had at L’ouvrier; simple, slightly contemporary and delectable food, there’s no doubt I will be heading back and try dinner there sometime.

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