No New Year’s Party for us
We have not gone out on New Year’s Eve for a few years. We decided that it was nicer to stay home and watch movies that fight the crowds and over pay. This year was no exception so instead we decided to take ourselves to brunch at Raincity Grill on December 31st. The food and service were terrific and it was a great choice! It did not hurt that we also had a gift certificate (from an anniversary gift 10 months ago) to use.

Local Farms 
Raincity Grill’s vision is “Pacific Northwest cuisine, showcasing the unique ingredients of our local waters and small-lot farms – year round”. Led by chef Jennifer Peters, who grew up in the Fraser Valley, the team does a great job. We have been for lunch and dinner and the occasional stop for fish and chips, but had not experienced the weekend brunch menu before.

Brunch Menu
On the weekend there are two menus available for brunch. The regular brunch menu includes benedicts, brioche, omelettes, french toast and other traditional options with a local twist. The second menu is the Brunch Prix Fix menu which for $26 you can enjoy a glass of stone fruit mimosa, an appetizer and a main. The menu is also offered for $20 without the mimosa but the thought never entered our minds. There are three appetizer choices and five main course choices. View the menu. While an appetizer at brunch does seem strange at first, the items were served as the perfect size smaller versions from their regular menu. We ordered the French Toast with caramelized apples, chantilly and maple butter and the ricotta crepe with hannah brook farm greens. Both were fantastic! And we love that they even tell you what farm the greens are from. (There is a summary of farm sources on their website).

Main Courses
With five very appetizing choices it was hard to choose a main course but I decided on the crab benedict and Jeff the English Bay breakfast. The benedict had good size chunks of dungeness crab and creamy hollandaise on a standard english muffin. The hollandaise and the accompanying herbed nugget potatoes were delicious. The English Bay breakfast was large including maple sausage, smoked bacon and fried mushrooms along with eggs, toast and potatoes. Nothing overly fancy or unique but everything was cooked perfectly. The service and the decor are also great. We sat on the lower of the two levels which has bigger windows, more light and a partial view of English Bay. Terrific overall experience. If you have not been, go!

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