Friends mentioned that Brioche (think Italian meets Pacific Northwest food) is an excellent spot for sweet and savory breakfast items and espresso beverages in Gastown, so we decided to check it out one morning. We ordered a couple omelettes, a cup-of-joe and a latte. We sat the the counter and soaked up the restaurant’s relaxed and casual atmosphere while people watching diverse clientele coming in and out of its West Cordova Street entrance.
Although it’s physically a small space, the establishment embodies many things: It offers catering, is a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, is a bakery, and even offers private and group cooking classes (at the Italian Cultural Centre).
We ordered a Prosciutto, Spinach & Feta Cheese Omelette ($9.50) and a Veggie & Goat Cheese Omelette ($9.95) – All Brioche’s omelettes are served with a choice of sourdough, baguette, or foccasia toast and a small bowl of fresh-cut fruit salad. Technically, a perfect omelette is not browned on the outside, retaining a delicate pale yellow color and fluffy texture. As you can see from the photo, the omelette on the right is very browned. However both meals tasted delicious, were well seasoned, and included plenty of fresh ingredients.
For drinks, Gary had an Organic Coffee ($1.70 regular/ $1.85 large) and I ordered a delicious Cafe Latte, but Brioche also offers a wide selection of espresso beverages like Chai Lattes and Hot Chocolate – all ranging between $2.00 – $4.50.
Overall, Brioche is a lovely Gastown cafe offering great choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We’ll certainly return to sample more of their tasty items!