As part of VanFoodster’s collaboration with Tourism Vancouver, Richard presents his neighbourhood Brunch Crawl series for Dine Out Vancouver. This past weekend, we were invited to experience some of the finest restaurants on Commercial Drive.
Our check-in location was Federico’s Supper Club, a long time restaurant on the Drive, offering up authentic Italian cuisine complete with live dancing and entertainment almost nightly.
Federico’s offered a selection of small bites for their Brunch Crawl menu, along with an optional wine pairing. Admittedly, drinking 4 glasses of wine at 10:00am in the morning is a bit early for me.. but what the heck, it’s the weekend!
From left to right:
- Crostino con Uova di Quaglia e Proscuitto (quail egg & prosciutto crostino)
Wine pairing: Prosecco Mionetto
- Arancini con Percorino saffron risotto ball, Pecorino Romano
Wine pairing: Mission Hill Reserve Pinot Gris VQA
- Crostino al Pesto di Noci, Gorgonzola e Pera (walnut pesto crostino with gorgonzola and pear)
Wine pairing: Tormaresca Aglianico Trentangeli
- Crostino di Polenta, Speck e Gruyere (grilled polenta with speck and gruyere)
Wine pairing: Mission Hill Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon VQA
Just across the street was Fratelli’s Bakery – if this place isn’t pastry heaven, I don’t know what is.
Fratelli has actually been on Commercial Drive for 20 years, baking Vancouver’s best Italian pastries. Say hello to glass display cases packed with scrumptious bars and squares and pies and tarts of every flavour imaginable.
They also have a second location in Sapperton, New Westminster.
We were treated a cute package of four items:
- Espresso almond biscotti dipped in chocolate
- Mini chocolate salted caramel cupcake
- Silician cannoli
- Nutella macaron
The Nutella macaron was my favourite, though the Silician cannoli is a popular favourite as well.
Next, we visited The Drive Coffee Bar, a European style coffee bar with beautiful wood finishing, artwork lining its walls, and a delicious selection of pastries.
Here, we opted for a Lavender London Fog (on the left) and a Salted Caramel Cappuccino (on the right). This was a welcome treat in the midst of the cold rainy/snowy weather we’ve been experiencing in Vancouver.
Vegan cafe Eternal Abundance is a bit of a hidden gem on Commercial Drive, and is both a full-service store and a community gathering space. It operates almost as a one-stop shop, where you could grab a healthy, organic lunch, pick up all your groceries, and perhaps a few delicious vegan treats along the way.
From Eternal Abundance, we sampled some flax crackers with sunflower cheeze, a kale caesar salad, and a vegan pad thai.
Our last stop was a tucked away, nondescript nook called Cabrito Tapas, serving Spanish tapas on Commercial Drive. I love the unique painting and artwork on the walls, with intimate seating. For those of you looking to make special Valentine’s Day plans, this would be a lovely option!
Here, we opted for a Mushroom Benny, with a poached egg, marinated mushrooms, roasted potatoes, and hollandaise sauce, served with bread and salad.
And with Dine Out Vancouver all wrapped up with their festival, the Commercial Drive Brunch Crawl is a lovely finale to Vancouver Foodster’s Brunch Crawl series.
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