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Raincity GrillThe restaurant that helped define “regional cuisine” serves up a bounty of local ingredients this Easter. Organic potato hash from Helmers in Pemberton, crispy fried chicken from the Fraser Valley’s Rossdale Farm, and back bacon benedicts courtesy of Nanaimo’s Sloping Hill Farms are just some of the homegrown treats featured on the à la carte and 2-course prix fixe menus this weekend.
When: Friday, April 22 to Monday, April 25, 10:30am – 2:30pmPrice: Main courses $13-$18For more information visit Raincity’s Facebook page
Oru at the Fairmont Pacific RimIf “buffet” brings to mind greasy sausage and slippery eggs congealing under heat lamps, you haven’t experienced brunch at Oru. Chef David Wong’s decadent spread includes dishes like sake kasu-glazed salmon, Belgian waffles with strawberry-rhubarb compote and Chantilly cream, truffled mushroom and spring vegetable sautées, and chef-attended omelette and roast stations.
When: Sunday, April 24. First seating at 11amPrice: Adults $65, Kids 5-12 $32For more information visit Orucuisine.com/easter-brunch-2011
RefuelIn search of a hearty, stick-to-your-ribs breakfast? Head to Refuel this weekend and dig into hangar steak and eggs, crispy pork cheek terrine, and baked beans on toast all washed down with expertly roasted coffee by 49th Parallel. Feel like a kid again during their Monday seatings when the restaurant hosts an Easter Egg hunt via Twitter with prizes like free dessert and brunch on the house.
When: Friday, April 22 to Monday, April 25, 11:30am – 3pm (egg hunt on Monday only)Price: Main courses $10-$21For more information visit Refuelrestaurant.com
Pinnacle Hotel at the PierNorth Shore folk should skip bridge traffic in favour of a buffet spread at Lower Lonsdale’s Pinnacle Hotel restaurant. Savour classic brunch items—eggs Benedict, cinnamon French toast, Okanagan apple crepes, and maple-glazed ham—or try the selection of assorted dim sum and seafood entrees. While you take in the stunning views of Burrard Inlet, the Easter bunny will keep the kids entertained with activities and treats.
When: Sunday, April 24, 10:30am-3pmPrice: $43 for adults, $15 for childrenFor more information visit Pinnaclepierhotel.com
La Belle AubergeTuck into roasted lamb leg or poached eggs in puff pastry with hollandaise and Dungeness crab at Bruno Marti’s French-inspired brunch, but don’t forget to save room for dessert. Parisienne chocolate mousse, vanilla crème brûlée, and poached plums with ice cream are a sweet way to finish the meal.
When: Sunday, April 24, 11:30am – 1:30 pm Price: Main courses $16-$22, or three courses with coffee and juice for $40For more information visit Labelleauberge.com