Sunday, January 6, 2013
Early January Brunch in Yaletown at Cache Bistro & Lounge
My buddy Jobin got in touch right after the holidays to invite me for brunch. He bought a Groupon for Cache Bistro & Lounge that was getting close to due that needed using. I was only too happy to oblige. A "need to use this coupon" meal is always a good reason to get together and eat. This Groupon was a Brunch for 2 for $20. This consisted of a coffee, a choice of 4 of their brunch entrees & a Belgian waffle with topping.
I liked the feel of this place. On the classy side, but definitely not pretentious or too fancy and upscale. Service throughout the meal was really friendly and efficient, and our food came out extremely quick.
Our Belgian waffles came out first (regularly $3.50). We misunderstood the wording on the groupon deal and ordered all 4 toppings to try them. The groupon only allowed for one topping. We tried to explain that we had been confused but our server just kind of shrugged his shoulders and said that it would only be an additional $2 ($1 per topping.) The waffles were quite light, with a nice exterior crunch, and they weren't too sweet. I thought they were okay- but Jobin really liked his and to quote him "I'm not usually a waffle guy." Our favourite toppings were the rum caramel and the vanilla whipped cream.
Jobin ordered the Bacon Benedict (regular $12); Back Bacon, croissant with country style potato hash and seasonal fruit. Nice presentation when it arrived and generous portion of hashbrowns. Unfortunately, the "back bacon" really just seemed like thinly sliced ham lunchmeat. Overall, he enjoyed the dish and liked croissant spin on the benedict. We both liked that they used the hollandaise sauce a bit sparingly, many places completely drown eggs benny with the 'daise.
I ordered the Vegetarian Frittata (regular $13); Sun-dried tomato, gouda, spinach and caramelized onion, choice of toast, yam hash, fresh seasonal fruit. I've never seen a frittata look like this before. This was served in a small ramekin and more like an baked omelette souffle. It was light and fluffy. The vegetables were hidden and not very generous in this dish. The flavour was really mellow and dominated by the cheese, egg, and perhaps cream. I was able to get some dijon mustard on the side which really perked up the dish and made it enjoyable. The toast was pretty standard grocery store load style. I LOVED their yam hashbrowns. They were well seasoned and cooked perfectly.
All in all this was a nice meal in a nice place. I wasn't blown away, but especially with the Groupon, the price point was fair for a tasty meal that filled me up and friendly service.