1147 Granville Street
T: 604 568 0749
Brief Description: A Granville Street-based bistro where the prices are affordable, the atmosphere is cozy, and the food is filling.
Since the closure of my favourite brunch hangout, DB Bistro, I have been on a hunt to find a replacement that will scratch my itch for a really good brunch. I’m still waiting to find somewhere that rocks my brunch world as much as DB did (perhaps the new ensemble will fill the void?) but in the meantime, I have been casting my net further in an effort to find my new go-to brunch place.
Twisted Fork Bistro is somewhere that I have now been for brunch enough times that I feel comfortable providing a review. Please note that I have not been for dinner so I won’t be commenting on their dinner service. For brunch, however, I like it. I don’t love it, but I like it. It’s not without its flaws (I have found some of the food overly salty whilst others – the roti, for example – aren’t executed that well) but if you can move past the flaws, you will find generous servings of satisfying food for the bargain price of only $12 a plate.
The décor is unpolished and decorated in a simple manner but it does have a comfortable, lived-in feel. Weekend brunch is extremely busy and they do not accept reservations, so either get there just before opening time (10am) or expect to wait. If you are willing to sit at the bar (be prepared to be bumped and knocked – like I said, it’s busy) you will get a seat a lot faster.
The menu is limited and the food is simple and served without fuss, but I have mostly liked what I’ve eaten. As previously mentioned, the last time I was there I did find the eggs and the roti to be quite salty but it was the first time I’d noticed it so I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt on this one. Dishes that I personally enjoy are the asparagus scrambled eggs served with toasted sourdough and house made jam, roasted roma tomatoes, rösti and sautéed spinach, and the Gruyere baked eggs with sourdough toast, bacon, rösti and baked beans.
Other dishes that have caught my eye but I’ve not yet tried are the banana stuffed brioche French toast, and the bacon, caramelized onion and brie frittata. If traditional breakfast is more your style then you can choose from croque monsieur, eggs benny, or a fresh fruit salad plate with asiago scones.
One of the other things I like at Twisted Fork is that they serve coffee in a French press – something I’ve not seen a lot of but something that I enjoy.
Final Thoughts: Even though Twisted Fork is a little rough around the edges, there is something about it that I still like. I’m not going to tell you that it is the best breakfast that I’ve had, because it is quite easily not, but the food is hearty and honest. And sometimes that is all you need.