1137 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver BC V6Z 2Y3
I happened to be in Yaletown for an appointment so my partner and I decided to spoil ourselves with a visit to OEB – one of my favourite joints for brunch. Over Easy Breakfast, or more famously called OEB, started it’s humble origins in Calgary, Alberta now with 8 locations across BC, AB and AZ (US); a 9th location opening soon right at Brentwood in Burnaby!
I put my name on the Yelp sponsored waitlist and once there were only a couple parties ahead of us, we were notified to head towards the restaurant. It was a beautiful day so we would have preferred some outdoor action but the patio was packed and we didn’t want to wait any longer.
Starving, we quickly made some decisions on food and got our orders in. We started with a single slice of brioche french toast – something sweet to share while we both opted for savoury mains. It took about 15 minutes for just the single slice to arrive at our table and it ended up being pretty ordinary considering the tasty description. If you choose the full order, instead of the one slice add-on, it’s actually quite beautiful and way more exciting to eat (I’ve ordered it before).
The rest of our food took another 20 minutes – though the service staff seemed pretty aware of this and could be overheard apologizing to all the tables, including ours, for the long wait times. I recalled my previous experiences at OEB and remembered it taking quite a while before as well.
I ordered a breakfast poutine called Gold Digga because: 1) the name, and 2) the truffle! It came with big chunks of roast pork, nice big potato wedges mixed with spinach, some cheese curds and two poached eggs with Hollandaise sauce… and of course black truffles! It’s one of my favourite items on the menu and it didn’t disappoint. The wedges reminded me of elevated mojos from Safeway (East Van kids know what I’m talking about); the sauce was rich and creamy, the pork gave the whole bowl a salty, fatty bite, all with a nice truffle finish. I would order this over and over again.
My partner went the breakfast poutine route as well with A-Lott A-Laks, a super punny play with the traditional Lox components: smoked salmon, dill, and capers. His dish was lighter with a more herbaceous flavor from the fresh dill and cold, smoked fish. Also served on a bed of wedge potatoes and salad, it was a great choice for a filling dish without the heaviness of red meat.
Every time I finish a meal at OEB, I’m always satisfied – and enough to forget how long it takes sometimes. For me, the wait for both the table and the food are worth it and I will continue to do it so long as the restaurant is open. Luckily, the Burnaby location is on the horizon and that will make waiting a lot easier as it will take just minutes to get to.
- Brioche French Toast, One Slice $7.25
- Gold Digga $21
- A-Lott A-Laks (Wolfhead Smokers NB) $21
Beats: Gold Digger – Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx