I’ve said it before and I’ll hungrily say it again: LIFT Bar and Grill is one of my favourite places to go for brunch. Simply put, it’s just got all the right things going on: a great location, mouth-watering menu items, fantastic locally roasted coffee (I dare you to have just one cup) and an always-happy-to-help group of staffers. Over the past year, I’ve dined there numerous times and I’ve recommended LIFT to many a friend. The results? Always Positive.
Situated in the gorgeous Coal Harbour neighbourhood, right along the seawall, this restaurant offers an extra special Vancouver experience. I’m telling you: location has never tasted so good! Whether you are sitting inside, or out on one of their two patios, LIFT has Stanley Park and Marina views that simply can’t be beat. No matter how many times I go, I’ll never tire of the greenery across the way, watching dedicated rowers gliding along, or spotting Seaplanes taking off for beautiful Victoria. Sounds like the perfect stage for brunch, don’t ya think?
My LIFT visits always start with a couple cups of coffee and then steer towards the wine list. In my book, a crisp glass of white – nothing too sweet, nothing too dry – is the perfect brunch companion. LIFT has a great selection of BC wines and I’d highly recommend a glass of Gray Monk’s Pinot Gris or Laughing Stock’s Blind Trust White. Two beauts. (Not feeling the wine so much? Treat yourself to a scrumptious Spicy Prawn Caesar instead: Skyy vodka, fresh ginger, wasabi, worcestershire and yes, a big ol’ spicy prawn dunked right in.)
Moving right along, the elegant, yet approachable menu has got some serious gems. So let’s talk food: fresh, flavourful, West Coast inspired food. There are more than a few dishes that I would be happy to recommend, and I think you’ll find that the prices are quite reasonable. For such a classy spot, these brunch items are really no more expensive than any other place in the city. A very small premium, if any, and if so it’s worth the price of admission, I promise. The Nova Scotia Lobster Benny is always an easy sell. Served on crispy polenta, accompanied by sauteed spinach and mushrooms, this has got big time yum going on. And that’s not even including the sundried tomato pesto hollandiase that’s drizzled on top. Because that’s really why we order a Benny, isn’t it? Mmmmm….Hollandaise …
Another dish that I love is the Beef Short Rib hash: 2 perfectly poached eggs, hash browns, bell peppers and onion rings to boot. Served searing hot every time, this dish is day-dream material. I mean, it’s occupied a few hours of my time, that’s for sure!
And last but not least, especially perfect for those not-feeling-so-sharp Saturday or Sunday mornings (I think you all know what I’m referring to here) I would recommend the Pacific Cod Fish ‘n Chips. Served with coleslaw, homemade tartar sauce and a heaping stack of French Fries, this dish is going to be your friend. Your very supportive and compassionate friend.
So when you’re planning your next Brunch adventure, be sure to give LIFT Bar and Grill a go. There is just some thing so special, something so quintessentially Vancouver, about this space. It’s a great date location, a fantastic spot to impress an out of town visitior, or just the perfect patio pit stop on your next big walk around the seawall.
Happy Brunching, Everyone!
333 Menchions Mews, Vancouver
Open for Brunch: 11:00am to 3:00pm weekends & holidays
Emily Caulfield is studying to be a chef. You can follow her culinary exploits at thefatpigs.com.