M and I had no clue where to eat brunch on a lovely Sunday morning. I’m sure there are plenty of places to go, but my brain was not working that day. I recall KoreanGirl saying something about 8 1/2, so we went there without her (oops). I’m sure she doesn’t mind. =)
They serve west coast dishes and really pride themselves by making everything fresh and made to order. All their ingredients are local too. On the weekends the have brunch!
Their interior is really nice and modern. They also have a bar if you want to drink up!
This is their menu, if you came here during brunch time, but felt like something else, you can order that too. For brunch they serve the usual items.
They started off giving us cucumber water, if you haven’t had this before, it’s really unique when you add cucumber to water!
We ordered the Orange Juice ($ 2.50). Their juices are freshly squeezed as well.
I ordered the Wild Salmon Benedict ($9.50). It hasWild BC smoked salmon, dill cream cheese, 2 poached eggs, capers and hollandaise sauce served with rosemary potatoes and fruit. The hollandaise sauce was a bit different than what I am usually use to. It just tasted like mayonnaise. The poached eggs were done very nicely and were super gooey and yummy.
I wished there was a bit more wild salmon because the hollandaise sauce really drowned out the flavour. The rosemary potatoes and fruit on the side were good as well.
M ordered the Feature Hash ($ 11.50). The hash contained steak and cherry tomates, with rosemary potatoes, 2 slices of toast, and topped with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
M liked the dish but really felt like the hollandaise sauce really ruined the taste of the dish.
The bill came out to be $30. Which, I guess if you go to a lounge for brunch, it’s an ok price. M really would not come here again for brunch since right across the road is Nice Cafe, which serves brunch as well for super cheap. Over all, the food was decent, but I think it was the hollandaise sauce that killed it for us.
Words of Wisdom:
- Fresh local ingredients
- Weekend/ Holiday Brunch
- Daily specials
We rate 8 1/2 Restaurant + Lounge:
151 East 8th Ave