Top Spots for Father’s Day Brunch 2012 in Vancouver

Photo credit: Campagnolo

I received an email from Groupon urging me to buy things for the man who “felt you kick inside him for nine months.” At first, it resonated. Then I realized: Hey, that was Mum.

Father’s Day, which takes place on Sunday, June 17, is fast approaching and dads too deserve their day in the sun. I’m sure Dad did a lot of carrying once I was on the outside.

Dana shared 10 fun things to do on Father’s Day, including fishing, playing soccer with the Whitecaps on Grouse Mountain and window-shopping for motorcycles at the Vancouver Men’s Show.

Here are a few great spots to take Dad out for an unforgettable Father’s Day meal.

Reflections rooftop bar in Rosewood Hotel Georgia. Photo credit: Rosewood Hotel Georgia

1) Reflections Alfresco Sunday Brunch at Rosewood Hotel Georgia

For posh dads, Rosewood Reflection’s newly-launched brunch at the elegant roof top restaurant offers summer sun and shady, lazy lounging in six spacious cabanas. Chef Ken Nakano’s menu has fresh and simple dishes (West Coast seafood platter with with raspberry mignonette and vodka caesar cocktail sauce) alongside heartier fare (grilled flatiron steak and eggs with patatas bravas and chimichurri sauce).

Wash either option down with Moët Ice Imperial Champagne – the world’s first champagne created specifically to be enjoyed over ice. Reflections serves it with fresh seasonal fruit in a generous burgundy glass

2) Father’s Day Brunch, Lunch or Dinner at the Campagnolo Family

Leave Dad at home. Yes, really. Campagnolo has broken away from the Father’s Day brunch crowd and is urging mothers and children to dine in, without the patriarch.

Every member of the Campagnolo Family – Campagnolo, Campagnolo Roma  restaurants will give 50% off take-out orders to families who come without Dad, and take something to-go for him after their meal. Their theory?  Most fathers just want the day off.

3) Father’s Day Brunch at Cafe Pacifica at the Pan Pacific Vancouver

A favourite of Vancouverites who holiday brunch, Cafe Pacifica’s expansive menu ups the ante with a father-friendly, Alberta strip loin carving station, dim sum, and hot entrees like double smoked bacon, along with the usual omelet and bakery fare.

Prices run $59 per person, $51 for seniors and $29.50 for children to age 12. Children 5 and under eat free.

4) Father’s Day Brunch at Oakwood Canadian Bistro

Nothing says “Dad” like a menu rich with brunch options that pair well with the craft beer. Oakwood Exec Chef Mike Robbins cooks up hearty, better-than-home-cooked, comfort food  including braised shortribs with fried egg and potato pancakes, and corned beef hash with soft poached eggs, sauerkraut and dijon hollandaise.

For men with a sweet tooth, there’s always the blueberry-mascarpone-brioche french toast.

5) Father’s Day Brunch at Reflect Social Dining Lounge at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown

Awarded the Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, Reflect’s brunch boasts breakfast and lunch selections, a local and and international cheese display, an omelet station and a carving station with slow-roasted Canadian beef, au jus.

Brunch is $32.95 per adult and $18.95 for children 6-12 years. Seniors receive a 10% discount. Kids under 5 eat free. Reservations are recommended.

Now that I’ve got the ball rolling, please help out by commenting on your favourite Vancouver holiday brunch spots, below…Unless you plan on ordering Dad Buffalo Wing cupcakes by Mancakes.

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