Under the bright lights of Granville Street in downtown Vancouver’s entertainment district, The Twisted Fork Bistro offers “classic French dining made simple”. After hearing raving reviews about the restaurant’s epic brunch offerings, we decided to check it out one Saturday afternoon.
The bistro is long, narrow, and calmly lit, creating a relaxing atmosphere. Its high-beamed ceilings provide an expansive vertical space, while rustic wooden tables line a cozy red wall and encompass a pleasant dining experience.
This little bistro is always packed on weekends because it’s only open for brunch (10am – 2:30pm) on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Although the restaurant was busy, with a line up extending out the front door, we only waited for approximately fifteen minutes to be seated. Luckily, we snagged two narrow wooden stools at the long counter. While we waited for our meals, we watched cooks expertly and gracefully expedite every dish. Servers were equally as calm and worked efficiently together amongst plenty of customers. Service was unpretentious, friendly and downright courteous.
Bottomless French press coffee ($4.00 per person, including HST) and the namesake ‘twisted fork’, securing the paper menu to its clipboard. One thing I would suggest is that the restaurant should invest in a hot water dispenser. Servers fetched boiling water with a plastic jug from a large pot on the stove. Disappointingly, our first bodum of coffee was warm. Thankfully, it was bottomless coffee so we asked for a refill. Our server gave us another bodum of fresh coffee, and this time it was boiling hot. Excellent.
Eggs Benny ($13.50, including tax) – poached eggs, choice of chorizo, ham, bacon, roasted chicken, smoked salmon, avocado, or roasted tomato, with hollandaise on toasted brioche, and served with sauteed spinach, rosti and baked beans. The benny was loaded with smoked salmon, and two perfectly poached eggs with runny yolks. Resting on a thick slice of faintly sweet brioche bread, the benny was topped with freshly homemade hollandaise. The baked beans were excellent, and most definitely did not originate from a tin can.
Banana Stuffed Brioche French Toast ($13.50, including tax) – sprinkled with cinnamon and icing sugar, topped with whipped cream, and served with maple syrup on the side. This dish had three giant pieces of lightly dipped, steaming hot French toast. These puppies were massively thick and packed with slices of banana. Crust edges were crispy and quite crunchy. The middle was warm and oozing with banana goodness. The large dollop of vanilla whipped cream was heavenly – I could sit and eat a bowl of this whipped-deliciousness alone. Separately, none of the ingredients were sickeningly sweet. However, when the bananas, brioche, and whipped cream got together they made sweet, sweet love. For those wanting more of a sugar high, a shot glass full to the brim of real maple syrup presented itself for dunking.
Usually when there’s significant hype around a particular establishment, it doesn’t meet high expectations, so I inevitably leave feeling underwhelmed. I was pleasantly surprised by my experience at the Twisted Fork Bistro. The restaurant lived up to everyone’s tall praises, and I would be quite content to return to the Twisted Fork every weekend for brunch. Additionally, I’m looking forward to soon trying their dinner items 🙂
Have you been to the Twisted Fork Bistro for brunch or dinner? What did you think?