Last Saturday, I was invited to explore BC Wine at Dine Out Vancouver’s BC Wine Brunch at the iconic Hart House Restaurant in Burnaby. First off, this was my very first time at the restaurant and I have to say, I can’t wait to go back!
Situated in Deer Lake Park in Burnaby, the Hart House is a Tudor-style mansion overlooking the lake. As I stepped into the space, I felt like I was in another world (and era!), miles and miles away from the city. The brick fireplaces, chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, the large open and elegant dining room with windows throughout, it was truly breathtaking.
As you walked in, wine glass in hand, you had a chance to explore the stunning space and try some of BC’s top wineries that perfectly lined the outside of the dining room. My first stop was for a glass of Summerland’s Okanagan Crush Pad sparkling wine, their “Narrative” XC Method of bubbles, a beautiful, crisp blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay- the perfect way to start any weekend Brunch!
In the middle of the room, scattered among high-top tables for guests, were food tables with a variety of Pacific Northwest cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Mike Genest. The standup style event allowed guests to go back for brunch offerings as they please and take time to pair each dish perfectly with BC wine.
The menu included exquisite dishes including:
- crispy rosti potato with smoked salmon, crème fraiches and scallions
- veal sausage roll with rosemary and grainy Dijon sauce
- wild mushroom frittato with arugla, tuffle and piave vecchio
- mini eggs benedict with crispy pork belly, quail egg, toasted brioche and hollandaise
The BC wineries included Haywire, Misconduct, Moon Curser, Orofino, Pentage, Quail’s Gate, Spierhead and The McWatters Collection. All the wines were very approachable and went well with all the brunch offerings. I particularly loved The McWatters Collection Chardonnay which was very elegant, with notes of tropical fruit and a nice buttery finish. I also enjoyed Spierhead’s Pinot Noir, which tasted fresh with nice red berry flavours.
Dine Out Vancouver runs until February 5, 2017 and there is still a chance to experience some great events, like this Saturday’s BC Wine Brunch at Boulevard Oyster House.
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