I love brunch. I even eat brunch for dinner sometimes.! Maybe it’s just me, but having brunch is one of the best starts to a day. I am thankful for the plentiful selection of brunch joints in my city. My options will never run out and there are so many more places I need to try! This visit was from awhile ago, but I had a lovely time at Acme Cafe.
Acme Cafe is undeniably one of the more popular places to have brunch in Vancouver. It is located right after Chinatown, but before Downtown, otherwise known as the DTES. So yes, people might be wary to come here because of the sketchiness in this neighbourhood, but honestly, you’ll be fine. I survived. If it makes you feel better, the 135 bus stops literally a few steps away from the cafe. The people that wander around this area are more likely to approach you for change than attempt to attack you. (Picture taken from www.flavourhunter.com)
I love the interior of Acme Cafe. It is very welcoming, clean, and simple. Acme cafe also offers a huge pastry selection as you can see! I don’t have that much of a sweet tooth, but it still looks very appetizing! Yum!
Baked eggs benny- $10.75. This is their signature dish, and it did not definitely did not disappoint! We were a bit surprised when it came out because we’ve never seen eggs benny done like this before.
Eggs sunny side up- $10.75. Read my blurb on their kitchen grill story below, it will relate to this dish! The eggs were cooked perfectly sunny side up. I love how there were onions on top since I am a huge fan of green onions. My friend doesn’t like bacon so I was lucky enough to have it! The bacon was cooked well too, it wasn’t super oily or greasy. Underneath was the bed of hash browns which was perfectly seasoned as well. The side of fruit tasted really fresh too, nothing worse than ordering a side of “fresh fruit” only to have it dry and canned-tasting #fruitloverproblems.
European breakfast – $9.50. This normally comes with proscuitto, but you were able to substitute it for smoked salmon at no charge. When I first saw this on the menu, I was sold because it had smoked salmon. My friend was going to order this too, but instead ordered the plate above because it sounded more filling and worth the price, which I agree. The cantaloupe tasted pretty fresh, as did everything else. Overall, I thought that this plate was average. The smoked salmon, of course, was delicious, but I don’t think that it was worth $9.50. Maybe I should try it with the standard prosciutto next time…
One thing I found interesting about Acme is that they do not have a grill. The waitress pointed out their stove, which looked like the one from my own kitchen! I was quite impressed that they were able to run such a successful restaurant without a restaurant-stove top, but hey, they make it work so props to them! Acme Cafe reminds me of a small town diner joint (but more classy), where everyone knows each other and is really welcoming. All in all, I enjoyed our visit to Acme Cafe and would definitely come back here. I probably wouldn’t order the European breakfast again, but order the baked eggs benny which is their specialty.