No restaurant has operated in Kitsilano longer than the Blue Moon Flying Swan Cafe. This family run restaurant has been in operation since 1962. They like to say they keep banker’s hours so if you want an all-day breakfast in Kits then this is the place to go. The Blue Moon Flying Swan Cafe is, at its heart, a diner. Their breakfasts are not just delicious, they’re well-priced and generous.
You’ll see a distinctive motor-cycle theme to the restaurant and it has been a favourite haunt of the motorcycle community due to the passion of daughter Julie Sit. Julia found her passion for motorcycling in the 1980’s.
She and Bogdan Jozwiak would organize events for motorcycle enthusiasts, turning the Blue Moon Cafe into a haven for the community. Eventually, the social aspect of the group turned into charity work, and Bogdan and Julia gave back to the community in ways too numerous to count. Bogdan passed away in 2004 and Julia in 2005, both while doing what they loved, riding their motorcycles. To this day their influence can be seen all over the restaurant.
The breakfast menu is classic diner faire and so much more. You can choose between bennies, scrambles, omelettes and various pancake and waffle dishes. My Brunch Buddy this day ordered the classic benny; two poached eggs, ham, English muffin, hollandaise sauce. It came in at a budget friendly $8.50. (The all-day breakfast is a steal of a deal at $6.50) I had the rancheros, a massive plate of two poached eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, onions, salsa, cheese, and spices all in a soft tortilla. Both dishes came with pan fries that are deep fried.
I love this place; for what it represents and for the clear love the family still has for their restaurant. The coffee is organic and bought through a small supplier, Pedro’s Organic Coffee. It’s the same supplier that La Brasserie uses. It’s a great way to start the morning and refills are not hard to get.
Both my Brunch Buddy and I felt the hollandaise was well-seasoned and finished with a subtle kiss of lemon. We agreed that it was scratch made. My rancheros plate was loaded with vegetables seasoned with a peppery kick. The vegetables are plentiful and lip-smacking good! The eggs were a little firmer than I like but in the whole scheme of things, not a big deal.
You know deep fried potatoes have been a point of discussion for me. I should probably qualify. If there’s one place I think deep fried is acceptable, it’s in a diner-style setting. These were not over-fried, and they were dry; not an ounce of residual oil to be found. They hit the spot and went well with my meal.
I should mention that the Brunch Buddy ordered a side of breakfast sausages. We both felt they had been deep fried, but neither of us seemed to care. The skin was dry and they popped when you bit into them. Honestly, they were quite yummy.
There’s something special about the Blue Moon Flying Swan Cafe. It reminds me of the Kitsilano I moved into back in the early 1990s; a place that was less about image and more about the people and the vibe.
I love knowing I’m supporting a family that has been a cornerstone of our community longer than I’ve been alive. This is a special place that has seen Kitsilano through what it once was, and has been a part of the transformation to make it what it is now.
If you want a good breakfast at a fare price while supporting people that have helped shape our neighbourhood, please consider stopping in at the Blue Moon Flying Swan Cafe. Community matters, and it only exists when we practice what we preach.
1724 West 4th Ave
Open from 8 am daily
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