By Loose Lips Mag
A quaint shop front with experimental Asian comfort cuisine, Heritage Asian Eatery debuted its weekend brunch on March 4. Now open at 10 am on Saturdays and Sundays, the 40-seat dinette is headed by chef Felix Zhou.
Where: Heritage Asian Eatery (1108 West Pender)
Hair of the dog: No booze yet, but cure that queasy weekend morning stomach with a fizzy Yuzu Soda ($4). Used prominently in Japanese and Korean cooking, this Asian citrus fruit syrup mixed with soda water is the spicy pick-me-up your hungover Saturday or Sunday.
What we ate: To start, we were served up palate-whetters such as the Deep Fried Cauliflower ($5) and the Green Onion Pancake with Duck Roll ($6). The contrasting flavours were a casual canape for what would be the restaurant’s main attractions.
We dug in, respectively, to the Shiitake Mushroom Benny Bowl ($13) and the Lamb Benny Bowl ($15). Eggs poached to perfection, served atop golden squares of shredded hashbrowns, and alongside a simple salad with slivered radishes, carrots, and a vinaigrette dressing. These hearty dishes will have brunchers coming back for more.
We finished off with the Golden Mantou with Matcha Condensed Milk ($6) and a Lemongrass Ginger-infused Coconut Pudding with Blueberry ($7).
What we loved: The soft and sweet Golden Mantou recalls tastes of the Bayou with its beignet-like texture, dripping in Asian flavour with the syrupy-sweet matcha condensed milk to dip. If nothing else, we’ll be back for this saccharine snack.
Kristi and Brittany are the co-founders and co-editors of Loose Lips Mag. Together, they’re building their feminist media empire and leaving the patriarchy, charcuterie boards, and empty bottles of wine in their wake. You can find them in Gastown sniffing out other women warriors or fueling up at local coffee shops.