ADULT: $42.95, CHILDREN 5-8: $21.50
BF and I decided to come here for brunch today. We were surprised it was really empty with only 7-9 seated tables. The service is perfect like always and the only thing I want to mention is, as the hostess was seating us, she walked so fast that she was literally half way around the restaurant and we could not even find her. I can admit when I exaggerate and I will always mention that, but I am not exaggerating. Another incident is during the middle of brunch when we were walking towards the food, she was picking her ear. I do not mind if it is an itch, or something in your ear, but it was finger in her ear and her circling her hand as she was walking in the area where people get their food. I thought that was unprofessional. But anyways, the service is perfect (as always, seriously) and that is one of the two important things, the second one being food.
OUR FIRST PLATES: SALAD, ASPARAGUS, DELI MEATS, FISH, MUSSELS AND SMOKED SALMON
MY FIRST PLATE CONSISTING OF ASPARAGUS, MUSSELS, FISH AND TOMATOES. The asparagus is fresh and crisp. I enjoy the mussels a lot and they have a natural sweet taste. The fish (sardines? I wish they had tags so I know what it is called) is pickled and has a strong olive taste. I love olives but I am not used to fish tasting like olives so I did not enjoy it. Smoked salmon is available (you can see it on his plate) but I prefer the sliced ones more (which is available in their sushi rolls). The tomatoes are tasty as well as fresh, and orange juice is also available but it is not freshly squeezed so I stuck with my usual hot water and lemon.
OUR SECOND PLATES: NEW ENGLAND CHOWDER AND CREAM OF MUSHROOM
I like the NEW ENGLAND STYLE CHOWDER more and I was a bit sad they did not have that, so I went with the CREAM OF MUSHROOM. This is my first time having blended mushrooms and I find it tasty in a different way, despite the presentation, the soup is not bad. Both of the soups are average-good and you would want to finish the soup, but I do not know if it is good enough for a second bowl. The soups are pretty much a safe choice.
OUR THIRD PLATES
HIS PLATE ON THE LEFT CONSISTING OF BACON, SAUSAGE, MUSSELS (AGAIN), CURRY, CORN, PRIME RIB AND FISH WITH IMITATION CRAB INSIDE. He does not like how the bacon is deep fried and says the prime rib is tender (not tough or chewy which can happen at brunches). I assume the potatoes are what it is, average and the corn is what it is as well. He was not really fond of the fish with stuffed imitation crab.
MY PLATE ON THE RIGHT CONSISTING OF HONEY DEW, CANTALOUPE, PINEAPPLE AND MANGO. I was pleased to see mangos! I never seen them at brunch before and I love mangos. This was the last one and they did not restock :(.
OUR FOURTH PLATES
HIS PLATE ON THE LEFT CONSISTING OF CRAB AND CHOW MEIN NOODLES. The crab is fresh, but we both prefer the cold style boiled crabs more for brunch. I noticed no one touched the crab and it did not need to be refilled throughout brunch at all. His only comment was the noodles are undercooked.
MY PLATE ON THE RIGHT CONSISTING OF DEVILLED EGGS, PRAWNS, AVOCADO, TOMAGO SUSHI AND MUSSELS (AGAIN). The devilled eggs are really tasty, I hate it when they add too much mayonnaise as most restaurants do IMO and these are perfect. The shrimp is a bit too hard and I think Costco party trays taste better. For the sushi, my avocado pieces dropped out :(. The avocados are green, ripe and the tamago egg is good (I find most tamago eggs good though lol).
MY DESSERTS ARE THE CHEESECAKE WITH BLUEBERRY SAUCE SWIRLS, CHEESECAKE WITH CAPPUCCINO SWIRLS AND CHINESE FRUIT CAKE. I am a really simple dessert girl, I do not like mousse, jello or chocolate cake, and I was very happy to see chinese fruit cake (my favourite) as well as cheesecakes without mousse. Both cheesecakes have the usual cheesecake taste and is not too creamy or sweet. For the chinese fruit cake, the whipped cream is not too sweet, tastes fresh, the fruit is fresh as well and the cake is very soft and bouncy.
HIS DESSERTS ARE WATERMELON, CANTALOUPE, LYCHEE AND KEY LIME PIE. This my first time seeing lychee at brunch considering how messy it can get. The key lime pie is really limey which is good for sour fans.
MY LAST PLATE
MY LAST PLATE CONSISTING OF MORE DEVILLED EGGS, SALMON, ASPARAGUS AND PRIME RIB. I know it seems like I ate a lot and I felt like I ate a lot as well, but I found myself still hungry so I decided to get some "actual" food instead of dessert and fruit. The salmon is a bit stiff but is tasty and not bad. For the prime rib, it is tender but not flavourful and good enough for brunch, why be picky at brunch? If anything, it could be a bit more tasteful.
I think Top of Vancouver is good for the view (obviously), the service is amazing (always consistent) and the food tastes average without many options. I am the type of person to be embarrassed to take photos, so I know it sucks I do not have photos of what is actually available. But the only thing we did not visit is the omelette bar. I still prefer coming here for dinner over brunch, well actually even lunch is better than brunch, but it is nice to everything at least once.
The service is perfect like I said and the only thing off was that hostess. Even when people including myself were leaving, she did not even say bye to anyone. Customers were waiting for the elevator and she was really close because of how the station is set up (literally 1 metre, give or take from the elevator), so it is kind of weird for her to just stand there and not say bye or thank you for visiting. Isn't this supposed to be sort of a tourist attraction as well? When another hostess came, she was very friendly and greeted people out. I am the type to mention the smallest things whether good or bad and I will even mention if I see a server run to get a napkin for a customer, which I have seen before.
One of the spoons was dirty with a dried onion peel on it. But there is no need to mention as it is no ones fault, but it is my blog so I can post what I want :). I guess I am just more picky for "fine dining" restaurants, if the food is not that great, at least the service should make up for that right?
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