Location: 777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver, BC
I've lived in Vancouver for almost 30 years now and only last week did I try Joe Fortes for the first time. I've heard so much about this place that it has become legendary for me. Things like the oysters, their happy hour, and their chicken and waffles.
I was fortunately enough to be invited for brunch and my first impression was, the hostesses seemed a bit rude (or perhaps their energy was off). But as we stepped inside, the first impression was classy. A live piano was being played and the music could be heard throughout the restaurant.
We sat in this corner that resembled a library and had natural lighting peaking through. It was the little things that made our experience high end.
You've come to my blog to read what I thought about the food so here we go.
We started with the Oyster Rockefeller - local oysters, spinach, pernod, hollandaise. An absolute dream. The sauce and the spinach, thinking about it is making my mouth water.
I ordered the Lobster and Shrimp roll which came on a fresh hoagie. Lightly toasted and with butter spread, it had this fresh seafood taste in my mouth. As much as it tasted light, it was a heavy meal. Their side salad was definitely the best side salad I've ever had.
Lillian ordered the Cured Salmon on house made bread with scramble eggs and side salad. I had a taste of it and the Salmon with eggs compliment each other.
Lorna ordered the chicken and waffles and we decided to share our dishes because we both wanted to try each other's. The waffles were perfect, just the way I like them. Nice aroma, warm, crispy edges, and enough fluff. The chicken on the other hand felt a bit heavy on the breading, the chicken was pounded thinly which resembled a schnitzel.
Lillian's mom ordered Joe's Signature Benny, wild mushrooms, prosciutto, truffle sage hollandaise. I didn't try the benny but I did have the hash browns and boy were they amazing.
Bottom line: Hashbrowns, side salad, oyster Rockefeller are the must try at Joe Fortes. I bet they have other must tries but there's always next time.