791 West Georgia St., Vancouver
Nowadays, brunch has become the favourite meal for family gathering. Why is that so, the reason is simple, everyone has plans for the weekend and they typically are in the afternoon till well into the nights. Therefore, it's only natural for families to gather during daytime on the weekends, thus nothing works better than brunch. In fact, I think dim sum would be Chinese people's brunch. :P
I loved their high ceilings, beautiful lanterns light with the shadowy branches and their modern cozy fire place. We arrive right when it opened for their weekend brunch starting at 11:30am, and the place was already filled with lots of families (see theory in intro).
Once we were seated in our cozy booth, I noticed their placemat is actually a nice block of mosaic style tile. All I can say is they certainly went all out for design and style.
Yew restaurant had a extensive brunch menu with many choices. Although each item has an individual price, but they do offer a 3 course meal for only $27/person. For R's starter, he went for the half a dozen oyster. These were fresh and juicy, but not as big as I've seen at other places.
Beignets with organic strawberries and vanilla cream. Essentially it like a cream puffy, except the puff was actually a crunchy donut. Regardless of taste or presentation, the dessert just didn't live up to its fancy name.
R went for the trio dessert with Duck egg custard tart, cherry ravioli with pineapple consomme, and espresso banana lollipop. The presentation was very unique and pretty. The duck egg custard was good, but I couldn't tell the difference.
The pineapple consomme was actually good, with a molecular gastronomy twist. This cherry ravioli add a touch of extra flavor when you pop it in your mouth.
Despite the impressive décor, the food was average. Service was also not what I expected. Our waitress's nonchalant manner was off-putting. She rarely came by, even when we were done and ready to pay. Either way, if you need a restaurant to impress, then this is it. Other wise, I would go else where.