Bellaggio Cafe: Mother’s Day Lunch
Vancouver Convention Centre
26-1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Skipping the crazy crowds at dim sum and the overpriced Mother’s Day hotel restaurant buffets, mom and I decided to have a quiet lunch, just us girls at the waterfront. I picked Bellaggio Cafe at the Vancouver Convention Centre with a gorgeous backdrop of the water, the north shore mountains at the iconic water drop sculpture.
The service was speedy and our orders were taken right away. We picked a pizza and a sandwich to share. I know it’s Mother’s Day but my mom still let me pick my favourite pizza topping, that’s how awesome she is.
I went with Hawaiian, the ham and pineapple: the best combo of sweet and salty. The pizza was still bubbling hot from the oven when it came to the table. It smelled delicious and looked just as tasty, big plump and juicy pieces of pineapple steaming beside pink triangles of ham, all covered in melted cheese.
The crust was amazingly thin and crispy. It was not soggy at all, and by that, I mean, I ate two giant slices and my fingers weren’t even dirty, the bottom of each slice was totally crisp and dry. The top of the pizza was spilling with ingredients though, delicious pineapple and ham all glued to the pizza with lots of stretchy, gooey cheese. The tomato sauce was sweet and tangy. It was only a little bit on the salty side though.
We also ordered a rocket, chicken, brie sandwich with a side salad. Since it’s Mother’s Day, I opted to eat my veggies instead of getting my default side of french fries with mayo.
The sandwich was served warm on a thin, toasted Italian flatbread, it was crispy like a cracker which was perfect for the creamy, melted brie; the bread did not get soggy at all. The menu lists this as a chicken sandwich so it was a happy surprise to find a few slices of crispy bacon inside. Bacon makes everything tastes better. The only thing that bothered me was the sauce in the sandwich, which I strongly suspect was Kraft Thousand Island dressing.
For dessert, we decided to share a slice of tiramisu.
The tiramisu was absolutely delicious. The moist lady fingers were soaked to the middle with nutty espresso. The fluffy and sweet mascarpone mousse was decadent and addictive. I couldn’t get enough of it. I’m sure after my many greedy spoonfuls, I had more of this dessert than mom did.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful, selfless, amazing moms out there!