Twisted Fork Bistro: Fully-Loaded Smoked Salmon Eggs Benny
1147 Granville Street, Vancouver
If you’re looking for a funky place for brunch, Twisted Fork is it! We woke up early so we didn’t have to stand in line, but if you arrive any time after noon on the weekend, the line-up is out the door.
I love everything about this place from the cool decor, cozy ambiance, down to the cleverly mangled forks attached to the clipboard menus.
Also in back is a shelf full of house-made Twisted Fork jam. I live for jam, and can eat it straight out of the jar with a spoon (just like Joey Tribbiani from Friends). To my delight, before our food, some house-made melon jam and whipped butter was served with our fluffy herb and Asiago cheese scones. These scones were almost as cloud-like and fluffy as my faves from Creme de la Crumb.
I love that Twisted Fork serves coffee with French Presses. It just makes brunch that much better with the smell of freshly pressed grounds wafting around the table. The coffee tasted fresh, nutty and rich.
The melon jam was sweet and refreshing and the whipped butter was seductively creamy and smooth. I’m pretty sure I could polish it off with a spoon too.
To no surprise, I ordered the Banana stuffed brioche French toast. I love French toast and bananas so this was the best combo. My plate came piled high with two very thick pieces of toast with hot and sweet banana oozing out the middle. I was drooling as I cut into it.
The brioche bread although crusty on the outside was soft, moist and fluffy on the inside, and that creamy, sticky banana in the middle tasted incredible. I loved that it stuck to the roof of my mouth and also added such delicious moisture to the firm brioche bread. The brioche, being a stiffer texture than regular white bread, soaked up the maple syrup beautifully.
I also enjoyed the fresh fruit served on the side of the French toast, and that heavenly dollop of fresh vanilla whipped cream. What a decadent way to start a weekend!
The other dish we ordered was the Eggs Benny with smoked salmon. What I love about the eggs benny here is that they don’t skimp on the hollandaise sauce or smoked salmon at all. It’s piled on to the max on top of the toast.
I can’t even begin to tell you how finger-licking (or shall I call it twisted fork-licking) good those ribbons of smoked salmon drenched in hollandaise sauce and egg yolk tasted. It was sweet, salty and smooth in my mouth.
The ultimate test of any eggs benny, of course is if the yolks of the poached eggs are runny. Twisted Fork’s eggs benny more than passed the test as that glorious golden yolk flowed all over the plate as soon as we cut it open.
The crispy hash brown served with the eggs benny is also worth a mention. Very crispy on the outside, it was soft and fluffy on the inside and very flavourful, not too salty.
I will gladly return to Twisted Fork for brunch or dinner!