You know what’s great about a brunch joint that’s located in a hotel? Brunch 7 days a week, that’s what!
A couple weeks back, myself and one of our brunchers, Cynnamon (who was on a Staycation), got to check out Frankie’s Italian Kitchen in the Georgian Court Hotel. It’s located on Beatty St, just across from BC Place, but despite being in the middle of downtown, was surprisingly quiet and calm, which suited two girls playing hooky from their lives for a few hours just fine.
The room is spacious, with lots of dark wood, and big leather bucket chairs. We got to sit right by the window, which was a fun spot to people-watch as we sipped our coffees.
Given that Frankie’s is located in a hotel, they gets lots of traffic from travellers, both for pleasure and for business, so the menu appeals to a wide range. There are healthy choices, like a yogourt parfait, oatmeal, or a roasted vegetable frittata. There are three kinds of eggs bennedict: a traditional, made with country ham, a West Coast, made with smoked salmon, caramelized onions, a schmear of cream cheese, and topped with crispy fried capers (oh, yeah, baby!), and a vegetarian spinach and artichoke.
If pancakes are your thing, you can get a stack of those here, served with seasonal fruit. And, of course they have traditional bacon-and-eggs breakfasts, both regular and “Frankie-sized,” (for the really, really hungry, or maybe to split between two?): two free-range eggs, ham, maple sausage, bacon, pancakes, potatoes and toast. Yeah, that’ll fill you up. You may not need to eat for the rest of the day.
Executive Chef Karl Gregg has a few house specialties on offering, as well; slightly less traditional brunch fare for the more daring. It’s called Frankie’s Italian Kitchen, so it’s not surprising to find an Italian-inspired brunch dish on the menu. Tuscan Hash combines eggs with italian sausage, mozzarella, tomato sauce and parmesan. Bellisima! He also does Chicken ‘n’ Waffles: soft buttermilk waffles make the ultimate bed for crispy-fried, boneless chicken filets, topped with maple syrup and a dollop of vanilla butter. It’s sweet, savoury, soft, crunchy, and a tiny bit spicy, all in one bite. Probably the richest dish on the menu (so of course we tried it–we were on a 2-hour vacation!) is the Monsieur Andre. It’s essentially a sandwich, made of rye bread and filled with brie, soprasetta, prosciutto, and coppa ham. That’s put on a grill until it’s warm all the way through and the brie is oozy. It’s then topped with an over easy egg and blessed with hollandaise. It’s a little out of control, but it’ll make your taste buds wild.
The service was attentive, and a little bit cheeky, which I, personally, really appreciated. We were, after all, in an Italian joint–it just woudn’t be right without some sass, right?
After lingering over our coffees for a while, Cynnamon and I left with warm bellies and went back out into the rainy Vancouver winter, but there is something completely magical about checking out of your life for a couple of hours and re-creating that “leisurely weekend brunch” feeling in the middle of the week. We highly recommend it. Check out Frankie’s Italian if you want to, as well… brunch is available 7 days a week.
765 Beatty Street, Vancouver (in the Georgian Court Hotel)
Open for brunch every day at 7 am.