The Dishes is a repeating Scout column that asks Vancouverites to walk us through a map of their ideal day and night on the town. We’re talking breakfast, lunch, happy hour, dinner and late night cocktails. Tax and tip included.
Good morning! What’s for breakfast/brunch?
If I’m not eating the Full British at Yolks then I’m eating at home. 9 days out of 10 I will have 2 poached Jusa Farms eggs (local farm here on the Sunshine Coast) and 2 pieces of toast (from the bread out of our bread maker). The second piece of toast gets the organic peanut butter from Famous Foods and our homemade jam. Either blackberry, cherry, plum or apple butter. We have an orchard on our property with purple plums, two kinds of cherries and apples along with raspberries, goji berries and lots of wild blackberries.
Where should we meet for coffee/tea?
Purebread — my favourite baked goods in town and the owners and staff are really nice. I know them from my farmers market days in the food trucks. I’m not a coffee drinker but I love a cup of black tea (orange pekoe, Irish breakfast or Earl Grey) with honey and their almond croissant.
Now we’re hungry again. What’s for lunch?
Chancho on Seymour. The Campechano (mix of pork belly and shoulder) on the best tortillas I’ve ever had. They serve them with pinto beans, cabbage and two different salsas. They are my favourite taco in the city and I eat there once or twice a week.
Who has you figured out at Happy Hour?
I rarely drink and I have a three year old so my happy hour is getting home after work and playing Octonauts or PJ Masks with my son. The rare time that I do hit somewhere after work it’ll be the bar at St. Lawrence (where Yacine holds down an amazing bar) for a drink and some charcuterie from the kitchen. I usually wrap my day around 5pm and they open at 5:30pm so I creep in right as they crack the door.
What’s for dinner?
Savio Volpe. The Kale Salad is off the charts and the veal chop with tallegio for two is one of the best cuts in town. There are no misses here, only hits. It’s easily my favourite restaurant in Vancouver right now.
What’s for dessert?
The Chocolate Marquis cake from Thierry is my go-to. I am a chocoholic and I own it. The crispy layer at the bottom with the semi-liquid caramel and the perfect chocolate mouse with the silky ganache…it’s close to chocolate perfection.
Where are you taking us for late night cocktails?
Resurrection Spirits. I’m a big boxing fan and the owner (Brian Grant) was my boxing coach for a while. He taught me the fundamentals that inspired my addiction to boxing. He and his team have some of the best bartenders in the city and I love the room and vibe. It’s a haunt for restaurant people and boxers so I usually know several people when I walk in. He always shows the big fights too.