Steps from the Seawall, Provence Marinaside is a Bright Spot for Brunch
On any given weekend day there is a hustle and bustle among the urban dwellers in Yaletown at the foot of Davie Street and Marinaside Crescent. Young families are out, older couples stroll along the Seawall, and friends gather to share stories along False Creek. A few short steps from the Seawall, drawing those very people inside is the recently refreshed and renovated Provence Marinaside.
An inviting patio extends the front width of the restaurant on Marinaside Crescent with sliding doors opening up into the renovated dining room. Gone is the bright yellow paint and colourful artwork on the walls that evoked thoughts of Provence on a sunny Sunday. Instead, a monochromotic tone flows through the room. The transition to a smooth slate grey palette has opened up the dining area by letting the windows be the main focus in the room on one side, and the extensive wine-on-tap selection is the focus of the other. Appropriate when the sister restaurant next door is The Wine Bar. And excellent to have for an extensive offering of brunch Mimosas.
On a bright weekend morning my friends and I embrace the convenient 9:00 am opening. Sitting in a corner booth we were able to survey the new decor, the Saturday morning brunch crowd and the Yaletown locals on the sidewalk outside.
Our server was fairly quick to get us started with water and caffeine. The Americanos are delicious and the regular brew coffee is very decent. Provence serves Arcaffe espresso from Italy and Don Pedro organic coffee from Colombia.
Since the reopening the menu has slightly changed but all the regular brunch favorites are there. A variety of benedicts including a Croque Monsieur, crepes and an assortment of savory dishes round out the menu. The menu features a variety of mimosas, perfect for catching up with friends and family over brunch.
My friend’s son ordered the Ham and Cheese Omelet. Filled with black forest ham, gooey Gruyere cheese and fresh herbs, the dish was a big hit with the young gentlemen who clearly enjoyed the consistency of the melted gruyere. With a side of potatoes and a small fruit cup ,this is a perfect start to the day.
The brunch boss chose the Fruit Crepes topped with maple sauteed fruit, infused with an added bonus of caramel sauce and whipped cream. Served with a side fruit plate this is the perfect light and naughty meal to start the day.
For once I did not order the smoked salmon benedict on corn pancakes from the menu. Instead I ordered the Shrimp Benedict that came loaded with shrimp, herbs and tomatoes. I always appreciate when I order my eggs poached hard and they arrive just as I requested. Accompanied by a fruit bowl and potatoes it’s what weekend brunch is all about for me. Except for one thing–I don’t like deep fried breakfast potatoes. I prefer a good pan-fried potato with a hint of crispness on the outside. When the crispness comes from the fryer it just isn’t the same but they were adequate and satisfied my potato brunch craving. The Benedict was on a fresh croissant. The variety of Benedict bases is one of the things I like most about brunch at Provence.
Finishing up our meal we look at the diverse group of people gathered in the restaurant. Yaletown locals and out-of-town visitors come together in this bright Vancouver restaurant where a variety of languages are heard throughout the packed dining room. It’s the perfect place you want to bring guests to highlight the urban life based around the water in Vancouver. Overlooking yachts and False Creek, one can’t help but feel that they too are temporarily on vacation, as they sip Italian espresso and dine on French-inspired cuisine.
1167 Marinaside Cres (Yaletown)
Open for brunch Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Cynnamon Schreinert is a busy PR gal about town, an ex-server, and an expert on breakfast potatoes. You can find her on twitter @cynnamons.