Bean Brothers Cafe & Bistro Review

We were driving back to Kits from Richmond after attending media events for Saboten and H-Mart’s grand openings in Aberdeen Centre and wanted a quick bite to eat for lunch. We hit Kerrisdale and remembered that we had been meaning to check out Bean Brothers since we’d heard good things about the cafe.

Nestled in the heart of Vancouver’s Kerrisdale Village for almost 20 years, Bean Brothers is a cafe, bistro and caterer all-in-one. At the rear of the establishment is a cafeteria style bistro, while the front of the place is a coffee shop serving fresh pastries and other baked goods as well as a full espresso bar where you can purchase whole beans, order specialty coffee, and try fair-trade and organic certified varieties.

Bean Brothers is open daily from 5:30am to 11:00pm so they cover breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between. Are you a late-riser? Not to worry, Beans Brothers offers a full all-day breakfast menu that includes pancakes, French toast, eggs benny, omeletes, and breakfast wraps just to name a few.

Their bistro’s hot food lunch and dinner menus offer a little bit of everything from Indian favourites like Butter Chicken and Veggie Chicken Curry to western comfort foods such as Mac & Cheese, Fish & Chips, Chilli and Lasagna. Even Ukrainian fare is offered like traditional Cabbage Rolls, Pierogies and Borscht.

An Italian-themed real wood-fired stone pizza oven bakes fresh pizzas with usual toppings like Pepperoni or Indian style Chicken Tandoori, great for lunch and dinner take-out.

Want a lighter meal? They offer salads and paninis, and their West Coast sandwich with shrimp, avocado, and sprouts reminds me of the sandwich I grew up on from the famous Victoria, BC landmark, Sam’s Deli.

We ventured to the back to try their bistro. After we placed our order and paid at the counter, then we waited for our meals to be made and our number to be called. (This isn’t a service-orientated place, so you’re on your own for pretty much everything.) We retrieved our soup & sandwiches along with cutlery, napkins, glasses of water, and condiments from a side counter.

Borscht (Cup $5.95/ Bowl $6.95) – Homemade Ukrainian borscht soup with a multigrain roll and with a healthy dollop of sour cream on the side. Plenty of beets, carrots, and cabbage rounded out this hearty soup, but I would have liked it better with more seasoning to bring out the root vegetable flavours.

Chicken Sandwich (Half $4.95/ Whole $8.50) – I was still relatively full from our Saboten breakfast, so I only ordered a half sandwich. Surprisingly, it was very large, satisfying and loaded with toppings: Roasted chicken slices with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, mustard, mayo and cranberry sauce on house-made freshly baked multigrain bread. Whole wheat, sourdough or white breads are also available if you prefer.

Super fresh and made-to-order, this sandwich was stacked with tasty fillings.

Soup Of The Day (Cup $3.95/ Bowl $4.95) – Bean Brothers’ soups change daily, but on this particular visit they were serving beef vegetable soup with big chunks of meat and loads of carrots and onions. For a “cup” sized portion, this was quite a generous serving.

Turkey Sandwich (Half $4.95/ Whole $8.50) – Exactly the same as the chicken sandwich (lettuce, tomato, cucumber, mustard, mayo and cranberry sauce on house-made freshly baked multigrain bread) except with house-roasted turkey. Apparently, Bean Brothers roasts both their chicken and turkey meats in-house.

Overall, Bean Brothers is a good spot to grab a made-to-order sandwich on freshly baked bread, a quick coffee, or indulge in hearty Ukrainian, Canadian, and Indian comfort food.

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