Celebrity spotting, mimosa drinking, and eggs sunny side up. Welcome to West Oak, where the stars come to drink, and the locals come to watch.
For reals though, when we went for brunch recently, there were no celebrities in sight. We’ve heard that a few Canucks players are regulars here at night, and rumour has it that Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson were hanging out at the bar a couple of months back.
Located in the old Chinois in Yaletown, West Oak offers chic interiors (wood, bricks and metal), a beautiful bar, and a pretty patio space. Food service includes lunch, dinner, late night, and brunch.
On a recent visit (and nursing a slight hangover), we were treated to a selection of breakfast favourites on the patio, starting with a mimosa made with fresh orange juice and sparkly Prosecco. Of course, morning alcohol is the best cure for a hangover…or is it greasy breakfast food and fountain pop?
The Yaletown Breakfast with black truffles (omigod so good) was delicious. Can you ever go wrong with truffled scrambled eggs? The plate also came with a choice of bacon, ham or sausage, potatoes, and toast. They kindly accommodated an allergy and provided really good gluten-free bread.
Next was the Spinach and Grilled Tomato Benedict, served with potato hash, herbed hollandaise, and a toasted English muffin. This was devoured quickly and happily.
Apparently two people really can eat a lot of food. The Baked Free Range Eggs with sausage and red and white bean caussoulet came in a skillet, piping hot. The presentation was pretty, but we both felt the dish needed more spice or seasoning. It’s hard to compete with the cassoulet or tagines at Medina Cafe, but it was a nice try. The baguette was delicious (and supplied by Terra Breads, but baked in house).
Finally, the Beef Short Rib Hash came with potatoes, tomatoes, spinach, poached eggs, and hollandaise sauce. It was greasy and thus unappetizing, but again, the bread was really good.
We recommend West Oak for a lazy morning brunch on the patio with girlfriends, oversized sunglasses, and people watching. Go for the Yaletown breakfast, the benedicts, and a glass or two of fresh mimosas.
Photographs: Jugni Style. All food and drink was provided complimentary by West Oak for the purpose of this review.