Today I was visiting as part of the @vanfoodster downtown brunch crawl. I was the the plus one to local food blogger David of “Picky Diner” fame. The “Crawl”, featured five restaurants located across Robson and Denman street. At each location, for the paid a forehand fee of $50, all registered diners got small tasting plates from the participating restaurants. Two to four bites of a dish that they themselves can order during any breakfast or brunch with them.
This was the third stop, and the third chance for all those attending to try something they may not otherwise consider. This was definitely the case with me and this little pizza parlour, especially as you don’t typically associate pizza with brunch. You do however connect espressos to mornings and that was what our tasting plate started off with.
This two floor corner shop was a tight squeeze. You purchase at the counter by the door, and ascend up the stairs to claim any of the available seats. This perch gives you an unobstructed look above their kitchen operation. An interesting angle, but I don’t know how sanitary it was. Although the worry of slipping and falling distracted me from that.
Someone spilled oil on the floor and it cause a slippery situation from the stairs to the entire mezzanine upstairs. I slipped a couple of times like a skater on ice. And worried about the next person who wasn’t so lucky. But with clenched fists on railings we made it up and down alright.
We had their “Lavazza Italian coffee”, and given a choice, we had both the espresso and the americano. I don’t typically drink coffee, so don’t know any more, but to describe it as being strong.
We were given a tasting of their homemade pizzas. The “Margherita” pizza had a sweet sauce, although not much else about it was memorable. The crust of the “veggie” pizza was especially hard. Though it had a pretty decent flavour, it just needed more spices and the vegetables to have a better roast or grill on them. I liked the “carbonara” one the best, although what we had was more like cheesy bread with a chunk of bacon.
Would I come back? – No.
Would I line up for it? – No.
Would I recommend it? – No.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – No.
Sadly I wasn’t impressed. The food was just so, and the hazard made it not worth risking injury for. Nothing memorable and nothing need revisiting. Don’t deny your cravings.