I’ve always had a soft spot for the Sylvia Hotel. When I moved to Vancouver six years ago, the Sylvia was my first home while I looked for a more a permanent home in my adopted city. This morning I was joined by the birthday boy, my pal James, where we enjoyed what I think is the best view in the city (ask for a window seat in the lower dining room).
Sylvia’s breakfast menu is pretty basic; after all, it is a hotel restaurant and they cater to guests who want a simple, hearty breakfast. And the Sylvia
delivers. I ordered the traditional eggs benny, which came with a side of fried potatoes. It wasn’t blow your socks off good but it wasn’t rot your socks off bad either. It was just good. The bonus for me was my morning tea came in a heated carafe with two tea bags and arrived already steeped. Combine that with good company and fabulous view of English Bay (and waaaay to many early morning guilt-inducing runners!), the Sylvia made for a lovely start to Sunday.
I had the Toyota Camry of breakfasts. Of course that’s not what they call it – it has a more appropriate name: the English Bay. It includes two eggs, three buttermilk pancakes and choice of bacon, ham or sausage. Price: $10 ($11 if you want BC blueberry-studded pancakes). Why the Toyota reference? ‘Cause this breakfast is a sure, safe bet: tasty but not trendy, and a sensibly satisfying portion. Despite all of the food items included, everything fit on a normal dinner plate. Oh yes, and they include a glass of juice of your choice, again in a sensible size. Ditto on Theresa’s tea comments.
Breakfast for two cost $29.10
Theresa’s rating: 3.5 eggs out of 5.
James’ rating: 3.5 eggs out of 5.