Kitsilano is blessed with a number of neighbourhood public houses but few are as embedded in the culture of the area as Corduroy Restaurant. It’s a neighbourhood watering hole, local talent promoter, and all around easy-going hangout. Oh, yeah, and it has a great deal on for weekend brunch.
This weekend brunch is unique. It’s an all-you-can-eat buffet. My younger University self is all over this concept. Corduroy is the kind of place I would have loved to spend my Saturday nights at when I was young, and I would then return the next morning for brunch.
The buffet is stocked regularly, and the staff are friendly and attentive. The positive energy starts with the service and that meant our server Chelsea. She was a bundle of friendliness. The place is pretty chill, and some mornings, that’s just what you need.
The selection on the buffet is what you might expect, with scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausage, and waffles. But there were some that surprised me; baked beans, English muffins, gravy, and greens. The treat that is worth going for is what they call a breakfast lasagne; a casserole of French toast, eggs, cheese and bacon. I think of it more like a classic breakfast bread pudding. Smother it in maple syrup and it’s every kind of comfort food rolled into one dish.
Some small observations; the bacon is crispy, the coffee is smooth and the whipped cream on it came as a recommendation from Chelsea. Yes, there’s whipped cream on the buffet, too.
I shared this brunch with my favourite Brunch Buddy Couple. We sat and caught up for over two hours and never felt rushed. Once we finished our first round, with little fanfare, plates were removed and fresh ones left at the edge of the table in case we wanted more.
Our only negative comment was that the beans could have been warmer. I should mention they offer you scrambled eggs, or scrambled eggs with cheese. The kitchen is aware that eggs sitting in a chafing dish too long can be problematic, so they don’t fill the dish and let it sit but prefer to make less and refill more often.
Corduroy does something I haven’t seen before, and something I have to say made a ton of sense; women pay less than men. I know some people are going to scream that’s sexist, but based on the table next to us, there was no way the three of us were going to eat more than the two men sitting at the adjacent table. I’d say it’s an act of fairness that should garner them some loyalty.
Corduroy runs a number of events throughout the week including an open mic night and a comedy night. Their craft beer list is exceptional and includes local favourites Parrallel 49, 33 Acres, Strange Fellows, and Driftwood. They even have Omission Gluten Free Beer on the menu so no one has to miss out.
Corduroy is unpretentious, friendly, and committed to providing their patrons with a good time. If you want to start the day with a stick-to-your-ribs brunch, take a walk in the direction of Kitsilano Beach. You’ll find just what you’re looking for.
Movie Recommendation: In Bruges (2008); Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleason hiding out after a hit. And yes, there’s a bar scene.
Breakfast buffet served 10 am to 2 pm on weekends