eggs benedict and brunchy things at Cafe Zen…

21 Jun

Cafe Zen located super close to Kitsilano beach is a bustling restaurant on the weekends.  Serving all kinds of yummy looking brunch foods like eggs, waffles, pancakes, crepes and their specialty….eggs benedict!  They have an entire menu dedicated to their eggs benedict and they claim to have the best in town.

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The one great thing about their benedict menu is that you can choose two different styles on the same plate.  I went for the smoked salmon and classic peameal bacon for mine.  I gotta say…the benedicts were good but no where close to the best.  They are very generous with their meat with several layers of peameal bacon and a heap of smoked salmon.

Let’s start with the eggs, obviously poached in a poacher (the eggs were just too perfect), they were cooked well with the middles runny.  The hollandaise had a weird paint-like consistency and I would’ve liked it to have a bit more zing (not enough lemon).

Although the servings were plentiful, the smoked salmon was that of the cooked dry kind instead of the moist slices that I prefer.  Home fries were meh….mash potatoey on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside.

My friend ordered the Mediterranean omelette that looked very impressive when it came out.  Filled with spinach, feta and sundried tomatoes, the portion was huge!  The only downfall was that the spinach was obviously frozen.

The avocado, tomato and feta omelette sounded like a good idea but apparently warm avocado is weird.

All in all, I really wanted to like this place because it’s such a local hotspot.  Everyone seems to flock towards this place instead of heading to Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe but Sophie’s has never disappointed.

This time around, Cafe Zen merely gets a mediocre rating.

Atmosphere: 2.5/5
Flavour: 2.5/5
Presentation: 2.5/5
Uniqueness: 2.5/5
Service: 2.5/5
Value: 2.5/5

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