Maybe the two sweetest words in the world when you string the two of them together. Unlimited brunch!
If you’ve not heard of Oceans 999, it’s because it’s very new. It’s a recent rebrand and refresh (formerly Cafe Pacifica) of the restaurant at the Pan Pacific Hotel on the waterfront. The theme is Pacific North West, and they have created a sumptuous feast.
One of the main reasons to go here is for the surroundings. The adjoining patio might be the best in the city; a kind of hidden gem that I had no idea was there. Flanked by cruise ship terminals, it juts out onto the water like the prow of a ship, but still maintains a cozy and chill vibe.
The entire restaurant is floor-to-ceiling windows facing the water, giving it a bright and cheerful air.
Given that it’s a buffet, the service is mixed. You of course get to go up and choose your own food. But there is also table service for drinks. I’ve now eaten here 3 times and the service has always been outstanding. I often think hotel service is just a little bit better than your average restaurant, and that does seem to be the case here. Our server was chatty and attentive, but also left my brunch date (aka Cynnamon) and I alone to catch up on some quality girl talk.
Speaking of girl talk, no dish session is complete without a mimosa, and mimosas were had! We also tried the Caesar, and both were standard, though solid.
The coffee was also tasty. Our only complaint was that the cups were too small. We had to keep bugging our server to pour us another cup. She said they used to leave the pot, but that rule had recently changed. It might be a good idea to reinstate it, especially when you have a duo of coffee-lovers in the house.
Now, let’s talk food. There is a dizzying array.
There are 4 main food stations. The first is cold salads and cheeses, then there is a mains station with brunch standards, like eggs Benedict, and dim sum. This station also has a cold section with a ton of seafood: crab legs, ceviche, smoked salmon. There is, additionally, a sushi section. Sushi for breakfast?? Don’t mind if I do!
The third section, just adjacent to the second, features a carvery and an omelette station. Here, they had a salmon wellington and a rib roast, which were carved to order. You could also have the chef make you an omelette right there, before your eyes, using whatever ingredients your heart desired.
Lastly, and maybe most importantly, there was the dessert station.
And while I know that dessert isn’t often a part of brunch, I think that rule should change! The dessert selection here is impressive, so save room for flan, creme brulee, cheesecake and pastries.
There are two things I love about a buffet; there’s really something for everyone, no matter what your preferences or dietary concerns. Secondly; there’s nothing you don’t want. You get to sample and try new things, or take seconds of favorites. It’s all pretty awesome.
Cyn and I are both huge sushi freaks and seafood lovers, so we really loved the seafood-forward approach. Cynnamon did take advantage of the omelette station and pronounced it “delightful.” I especially enjoyed the dim sum and the selection of cheeses. A weird combination, I know, but it’s a buffet, and I’ll eat what I want to.
The Sunday Market Brunch at Oceans 999 would make a great place to take someone from out of town, or for a family affair. Of course, it also served very well for a couple of girlfriends catching up over mimosas and crab legs.
2nd floor, 999 Canada Place
Sunday 11:30am to 2:30pm