Havana

Originally we’d planned to visit another restaurant this weekend (note to us: call the restaurant first to check when they open!), but when we got there, it was closed. So we ended up at Havana Restaurant on Commercial Drive.

Theresa’s brekkie:
I was quite excited to try Havana for breakfast-I had recently been there for a late lunch and really enjoyed my meal. Unfortunately, breakfast was dismal. I ordered the chorizo hash which consists of two poached eggs, peppers, onions, tomatoes, potatoes, chorizo sausage, hollandaise sauce and toast. Now this breakfast was misnamed; I always thought hash meant a mess of stuff fried up in an egg scramble.

The chorizo was very tasty and I ended up sharing them with Jenn (she ordered a hash too and got poached eggs, which she hates and gave to me. Second note to us: read the menu carefully. Very carefully.)

Anyway, beneath the sausage was a wet mess of tomatoes and the rest of the veggies. The potatoes were those frozen puffy potato thingies that were salty and soggy. Even the toast was indifferent.

So here’s my recommendation: go to Havana for lunch and dinner and drinks and munchies and to enjoy the great art space at the back of the restaurant (and forget breakfast).

Jennifer’s Brekkie:

How do you spell disappointment? H-A-V-A-N-A. At least for breakfast, anyway. The waiter recommended the “hash” plates so I ordered the Veggie Hash, which sounded promising with 2 eggs, potatoes, tomatoes, onion, peppers, mushrooms, goat cheese, and Hollandaise. Unfortunately I overlooked the “poached” part of the egg description, mistakenly assuming they’d be scrambled in with the hash. After passing my eggs to Theresa (poached eggs gross me out), I was left with a mess of soggy potatoes and veggies.

The goat cheese was unable to save the dish, although the chorizo sausage that Theresa offered to cheer me up was quite tasty. Even the toast was bland and partially burnt. And although the large fresh-squeezed OJ was by far the highlight of my meal (soooo yummy), I think $5.99 for a glass of juice is a tad obnoxious.

The facts

Havana Restaurant
1212 Commercial Drive
http://www.havana-art.com

Breakfast for two cost us $36.18

Theresa’s rating: 2 eggs out 5
Jennifer’s rating: 1 egg out of 5

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Paul’s Place Omelettery Restaurant

Welcome to Egg and Soldiers: the quest for the perfect Vancouver breakfast.

We’re Jennifer and Theresa, two Vancouverites who think breakfast is not only the most important meal of the day, it’s the most fun! Every week or so, we’ll be reviewing a local restaurant and posting our comments here.

Have a favourite brekkie spot you’d like to recommend? Drop us a line at eggandsoldiers@gmail.com.

For our inaugural blog on breakfasting in Vancouver, we visited Paul’s Place Omelettery Restaurant on Granville Street at 5th Avenue.


Jennifer’s brekkie:

I wasn’t too sure about the idea of cream cheese in my omelette – a signature of the majority of Paul’s 3-cheese omelettes – so I stuck with the Florentine, which featured spinach, wild mushrooms and tangy feta. The omelette was decent, although I was more engaged by the thick whole grain toast with delicious homemade seedless raspberry jam. Mmmm.

With eyes bigger than my tummy (as my mother used to say), I also ordered a side of pan fries that were un-greasy and satisfying. I rounded out my breakfast with fresh-squeezed OJ and a hot, creamy cappuccino – deelish.

Theresa’s brekkie:
I have to confess I am not much of an omelette fan, so I was hoping the menu had other choices and I was not disappointed. I ordered the huevos rancheros: a very generous portion of sauteed mushrooms, onions, peppers, tomato, corn, salsa, cheese, and two poached eggs on a flour tortilla.

It was at good at is looks in the picture. The vegetables were fresh and crunchy, the eggs were poached just the way I like them (firm whites with half runny yolks-or as Jennifer would say – raw! yuck!).


The salsa was exceptional. I was expecting a couple a jalapenos, but I didn’t miss them: the salsa had a surprisingly bright flavour.

They get extra points for serving my tea in a ceramic tea pot. They did, however, serve the tea bag on the side, which bugs me.

The facts:
Paul’s Place Omelettery Restaurant
2211 Granville Street (at 5th)
Vancouver, BC
Open daily 7:00 am to 3:00 pm

Breakfast for two cost us $22.26
Theresa’s rating – 4 eggs out of 5
Jennifer’s rating – 3.5 eggs out of 5