Central Kitchen and Eurobar
1072 Denman St (corner of comox) Vancouver, BC
Central’s focus as a eurobar is to bring us classic european dishes — but being in the Westend — it also punches it up with a bit of organic snootiness. Not totally a bad thing, the snobbery in no way extends to the service which is always super friendly and helpful; it is only limited to the menu with stuff like organic smelt berry toast and roobis infused sliced duck. Seriously? Brown toast and duck with tea sauce — fine, we get it.
The dinner there kicks off with a varied menu from burgers to seafood, as well as many small plate options. With a price range from $5 to $23 you will find something that you’ll like. But eater beware! Watch out for remarks such as: we leave the food to its own simple beauty — that may be a code for ‘we don’t season or add flavor to anything’. The fresh snapper may sound good – but it’s extra super bland. Stick with the more inventive options like the gigantic lambourgini ($14 lamb burger) or butternut squash ravioli (the squash is fantastic with the gorgonzola sauce!).
In addition to the regular fare, Central does offer an extensive and tempting selection of cheeses. Plus, make sure you sip the drinks: martinis and cocktails from $8, a fine wine selection which offers $10 flights — or drop in on a wednesday for wine geek night ($5 for selected glasses).
Don’t get me wrong — I like Central. I like it a lot. The dinner is acceptable; I just prefer to go earlier in the day:
Central has a kickass breakfast/brunch on until 4 pm. Selections include egg dishes, sandwiches, soups, salads, and other brunchie goods for around $10. The granola with yogurt ‘n’ fruit is fantastic — so’s the french toast croissant. The menu features free run eggs, organic toast, and quite a few veggie and vegan options. All good – maybe a little pricey, but there is an alternative: the greatest thing at Central is their breakfast special. For $4 you’ll get 2 free run eggs, toast, breakfast meat, and a huge pile of potatoes (I recommend paying the extra 70 cents to have your potatoes magically transformed into seasonal fruits). Hell ya, this mother’s available until 4pm every weekday! (Or at least it used to be….I am re-reading this entry 2 years after I first wrote it. Is this breakfast deal still happening? Maybe not.)
Central is a taste-tacular spot I’ve frequented and highly recommend for breakfast and brunch. Plus, I saw Jewel Staite eating there once …and she’s awesomest.
Open: 8am – 12am
Reservations: Make them if you wanna go on a weekend morning.
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