NU Restaurant + Lounge

Complimentary Mini Scone, Raspberry Jam & Hot Chocolate
Restaurant: Nu Restaurant + Lounge – Brunch review
Cuisine: West Coast/Pacfic Northwest/French
Last visited: June 6, 09

Area: Vancouver – Downtown
1661 Granville Street
Price Range: $20-301: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!

Food: 5
Service: 5
Ambiance: 5
Overall: 5
Additional comments:

  • Great view, contemporary and posh decor and furniture (futuristic/space-like/groovy feel)
  • Relaxed atmosphere
  • Creative dishes – West coast flavours, seasonal menus
  • Housemade gelato & sorbets (seasonal/changing flavours)
  • Complimentary mini scone with raspberry jam & hot chocolate for brunch starter
  • Live Jazz music for Sunday brunch
  • Free parking
**Recommendation: Dungeness crab benedict, Brioche French ToastI’ve been to Nu a few times, twice for dinner and once for brunch (on my birthday). This entry will focus specifically on their brunch. I thought everything on the whole was really good. However they could have done a better balancing the sweet and savoury aspects of each dish.

On the table:

  • Okanagan Apple & Pear Fritters with maple yogurt 4/6
    • I liked this as a dessert. It had a cinnamon sugar sprinkle and a light batter which was nice, so I felt as though I was actually eating apples and pears rather than just batter. The yogurt was a nice complimen t too. Great presentation.
  • Smoked salmon benedict 5/6
    • This was really nice. The eggs were poached to a medium, if I was dining alone I would have requested it to be a bit slighter on the undercooked side. It came with a side salad.
  • **Dungeness crab benedict 6/6

    • This was one of my favourites. You get a nice amount of crab for what you pay for. A gourmet benedict
  • Brie & Black Truffle Omelette 2/6
    • Nothing too spectacular. I probably wouldn’t order it again, although there was nothing wrong with it. Lacked a bit of flavour or felt like something was missing with the texture.
  • **Brioche French toast 6/6
    • This was another favourite! Brioche French toast served with caramelized pear wedges. A nice amount of pecans pieces – not crumbs – served on top! The maple butter and syrup was a great touch. Very rich and very moist. We enjoyed this as a dessert. Loved the texture of soft brioche with crunchy pecans. I think it would have been extra tasty is they spiced the pecans with one or two seasonings just to add another dimension in flavour.
  • Tomato & red pepper frittata 2/6
    • Good, but there’s better on the menu. It came with a lentil and chick pea stew – tomato based stew. The stew was meh…but was a unique side to the frittata.
  • Mimosa
    • Standard, nice and refreshing with the fritters.
  • Mint Syrup
    • Nice complement to the fruit salad.
  • Dessert:
  • Chocolate souffle 4/6
    • This isn’t on the menu for the summer though. They replaced it with a flourless chocolate cake. This chocolate souffle was coked halfway so the inside was still gooey and lava like. Very rich and moist. It was served with a coconut gelato, which is a must otherwise its hard to finish it alone…it’s really decadent.
  • Frozen orange mousse 5/6
    • Perfect for the summer! Nice, light and refreshing. Really unique dessert. Advice: with every bite of the frozen mousse make sure you dip it into the passion fruit coulis it comes with. That is really the part that tops off this frozen orange mousse. Really good with a Mimosa!
  • Sorbets: They change all the time. Made in house too. About 7 flavours at a time. We had their red current (which was the fav), the pink grapefruit, and green apple. All were good, and REAL fruit flavoured!

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2 Comments

  • Daniel S. says:

    Brioche French toast looks delicious! I think I would order two of these! The presentation is very nice, especially with the fritters and souffle. Nice pics all around, and happy belated birthday 🙂

  • Mijune says:

    haha quite belated, but very appreciated nonetheless!!

    Yes! When you're in Vancouver you have to try the brioche fresh toast. It really was amazing!

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