Day Three. The highlight of the day is the Museum of Flight. Since we are traveling southward that day, we decided to go for breakfast at one of the recommended places.
The Portage Bay Cafe is located in the University District. This is supposed to be one of the most popular breakfast places. Parking is a bit of a problem because their parking lot is so puny. We ended up having to do pay parking along the street.
It was quite early in the morning when we got there. Moreover, it was a weekday and so we were seated very quickly. We were quite worried of the reported long waits (over 1 hour) that we had read. Customer service sucks really or maybe we just got a grumpy impatient waitress — she does not seem too happy with us asking about the all-you-can-eat breakfast bar. *shrugs*
Anyway, they serve all-day breakfast here. They prepare the food in an open kitchen and behind the breakfast bar of fruits, whipped cream, maple syrup and what-nots. Because of the hype and prices of this place, we expected that fruits in particular should be fresh, like being prepared just a hour or so ago — some of them looked sadly soggy and decidedly yesterday’s fruits that’s just taken out from a freezer.
Started with the coffee, the litmus test of a good breakfast. It was alright not awesome, but we liked it.
Almost everything on the menu is described with the word organic … it’s organic eggs, organic whole wheat toast, organic green onions, organic baby spinach. Even the Heinz Tomato Ketchup is organic. I bet the coffee we had was even organic. To me, organic means only one thing … $$$.
Since their breakfast bar is like the star of this place, we ordered their “Two Pancakes”. This is just two large and thick pancakes which included ONE free trip to the Toppings Bar. At the Toppings Bar are fruits, nuts, butter,organic maple and syrup. I find this quite expensive at $8.25 but I guess that’s what you pay for something that’s made from “organic wheat and low fat organic yogurt and organic vanilla”. Doesn’t look too filling does it?
We also ordered the Organic Prawn Omelette. It is made of grilled organic vegetables, even organic prawns, goat cheese and spicy coconut curry sauce. I thought the combination of omelette and curry sauce is very unique and a great idea. It was nice … love this dish but not the price. $13.
The Rancher’s Breakfast is nothing to shout about. Three eggs made anyway you want. There is also pepper bacon which was done pretty good (not oily).
Guess what the total came to … $55 bucks not including tips, taxes and my own parking. I must say it is too expensive and overpriced for the kind of food. We could get more for less elsewhere and not having to put up with grumpy waitresses. So, I got nothing really positive to say about Portage Bay Cafe.