New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, which is already a prime time for urbanites who brunch. Max out your New Year celebrations with a January 1, toast at one of the brunch/breakfast locations on my list.
For those who plan on staying out all night, I’ve got you covered with restaurants offering early curative hangover feasts.
1) Greasy spoon: Save on Meats
Greasy spoon diner fare is a long-respected hangover cure. Starting at 7:00 am January 1, Save on Meats serves up every style of egg with all the meat-and-potato extras, pancake stacks and my favourite: poutine topped with squeaky curds and a fried egg. If you do head home for a nap, don’t worry: some breakfast items are available all day.
2) Sleek and central: Hawksworth Restaurant and Bel Café at Rosewood Hotel Georgia
Vancouver’s been buzzing about Hawksworth—situated in the heart of downtown—since it’s summer opening, and the brunch menu (served 10:30am – 2:30pm) is as impressive as the dinner options. The small dishes include Bartlett pear salad with speck as well as seasonal fruit with vanilla mint yogurt. Heartier options—full English breakfast, dungeness crab benedict and the bacon and aged-cheddar-topped Hawksworth beef burger—are also available.
Next door is the sleek, new Bel Café, also by David Hawksworth, which launched this fall and doesn’t require reservations. Bel Café opens 7:00 a.m. January 1. Savoury options include a standout, spicy pulled chicken sandwich with provolone and harissa aioli. In my opinion, the true gems are the rich and flaky pastries (vanilla brioche, chocolate croissants, hazelnut danishes etc.) which would please even the pickiest Parisian expat.
3) Innovative hipster: Abigail’s Party
Beyond Abigail’s obvious draw—the five mimosas on offer—the Kitsilano resto has been luring Vancouverites across the bridge with creative brunch offerings like bison short rib hash and a massive huevos rancheros platter that uses locally-raised, organic Omega-3 eggs. Brunch is served from January 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
4) Seafood steal: YEW restaurant + bar
YEW restaurant in the Four Seasons is a posh dining option that offers a weekend brunch deal. From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the three-course Full Event Brunch is only $27. YEW specializes in seafood, so pay attention to options like the thai fishcakes, crab tacos and BC Ling cod fish and chips. For the hair-of-the-dawg types: Double Caesars are the weekend drink special.
5) Relaxed French: Bistro Pastis
Craving French bistro brunch fare? Head to Bistro Pastis on West 4th Ave. from 11:00 am to 2:00 p.m. January 1, for ham and Gruyere omelet, duck confit with butter bean cassoulet and quiche du jour. When it comes to toasting with bubbly, go for the Moet & Chandon, bien sur.