The fourth time is a charm for OEB Breakfast Co., the Calgary-based North American brunch restaurant that has just opened its doors in West Vancouver.
OEB got cracking last year on transforming the former Ambleside location of Vancouver's Heirloom restaurant into an egg-citing outpost of the concept that serves up epic breakfast dishes.
The restaurant is located at 1390 Marine Dr, in an area that has seen a lot of switch-ups and additions lately, with more to come. Recently, Aburi Market opened its first standalone premium Japanese grab-and-go and grocery shop there, and Vancouver's French patisserie café Thierry is setting up shop in the development as well.
OEB's Chef and founder, Mauro Martina, has said he never duplicates a space with each new OEB, which means this location sports a slightly different decor than its peers, though you can rely on the fact that you're going to see bright colours and lots of chickens and egg-inspired items all around the restaurant.
West Van's OEB boasts a modern feel with high ceilings and windowed walls along two full sides, so there's plenty of light in the high-energy space. An open kitchen means you can watch the team hard at work, as the scent of breakfast-y delights wafts through the room.
What's on the menu at OEB?
When it comes to food, OEB works with regional and local suppliers to get fresh ingredients for use in their menu's many offerings.
The company has a "lead with soul" philosophy, so it's no wonder one of its calling card dishes happens to be called "Soul in a Bowl."
You'll find Soul in a Bowl listed under OEB's poutines. But this is no paper tray of gravy-soaked fries; the base - as it is for nearly all of the poutine dishes - is OEB's delectable duck fat-fried and herb-dusted thick potato wedges. For the Soul in a Bowl, those potatoes are topped with Saint Cyrille cheese curds, slow=cooked bacon lardons, brown butter Hollandaise, and poached eggs.
Variety is the name of the game, though, so you can also get your poutine loaded with an eggy Maritime lobster and shrimp scramble with rich Hollandaise (that's the Lobster Scramble, which is available in limited quantities) or in versions with Philly-style short ribs and peppers or duck confit.
Speaking of variety, OEB's eclectic menu borrows from all sorts of familiar breakfast and brunch flavours and ingredients, so you'll see things like a Gnocchi Breakfast Carbonara, sweet or savoury crepes, scrambles, French Toast creations, and even simple egg combos. There are burgers, sandwiches, or fried perogie, as well as vegetarian dishes, and several kinds of Bennys.
For beverages, sip on standard AM fare like coffees, milks and juices, smoothies, or cocktails; their Mimosa flight is for sure worth catching - who doesn't love a flight?
This "freshly-hatched" West Vancouver OEB joins its ranks in Metro, following its first in Vancouver's Yaletown, and one each in Burnaby (at the Amazing Brentwood) and one in nearby North Vancouver. OEB is franchised in Canada and the U.S. with locations in Kelowna, Toronto, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Scottsdale, and Newport Beach, in addition to several in its home province of Alberta.
OEB West Vancouver is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
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