James and I went out for the most awesome brunch yesterday. Perch is doing vegan brunch on Saturdays from 10-2 now! It's super exciting. And this isn't just one vegan option mixed in with a bunch of eggs and meat brunch stuff, it's an all vegan menu. Some of the items are soy-free and gluten-free, too, which is pretty awesome. I found out about the Saturday brunch from Vegan Mischief.
I've found tons of great vegan brunch stuff in Seattle, but Vancouver usually just has the same old tofu scramble made slightly differently at various places. It's funny because there are quite a lot of options for vegans in this city for lunch and dinner, but not so much for breakfast or brunch. It's kind of a bummer, but I'm glad that someone is finally doing something about that. I can't wait to go back and have brunch at Perch on a future Saturday. I wanted to try everything!
Yesterday was a perfect day to be out and about, too. It's been raining non-stop for the past few weeks here in Vancouver (as it tends to do in the winters here) but it was a gorgeous, warm, sunny morning. We sat right in the window and soaked up some sunshine as we drank our tea and ate our breakfast.
James went for the vegan bennies, which is no surprise because he loves those things. I've been making the Vegan Brunch version of the vegan benny at home every now and then, but these are a bit different. The sauce is rich and creamy and I think made with some kind of nut, which I think is so great. I love having sauces and dips and things from nuts. The tofu tasted like it was marinated a bit, too. James seemed to really like the taste of it. There were tomatoes and tofu on the english muffin under the tofu and sauce and a nice little bit of greens off to the side next to the potato cakes.
I went for the blueberry-ginger pancakes. These babies are not only vegan, but also gluten free. Let me tell you, you'd never know it. The pancakes were fluffy and full of flavor. There's freshly grated ginger in there, too, not just some powdered ginger. I love that! I haven't had pancakes in a restaurant in eons. I seriously can't even remember when the last time was. It was definitely in my pre-vegan days. So that was pretty exciting to have something I hadn't been able to order for so long. Tasty, too!
I had to get a side of some potato cakes with my pancakes because I have this thing about having potatoes for brunch. It's like some sort of rule or something. It's just not brunch without potatoes in some form or other! The potato cakes were yummy. They were made with grated potatoes and onions and probably a few other things and cooked up so the inside was nice and moist. They were full of flavor, I didn't even put hot sauce on them. Though, really, that's mostly because I forgot to ask for hot sauce. I really can't be stopped from putting hot sauce on breakfast potatoes. It's like an addiction or something.
Overall, I think the experience was a great one. We had a really nice meal and the prices were good. We'll be going back for sure. I like the atmosphere in Perch, as well. James says it has a bit of a Seattle vibe to it and I agree. If we lived closer, I'd definitely go there more often.
Oh, I should mention that there are also vegan caesars for $6. We didn't have one, mostly because we didn't think about it until after we had paid the bill, but I think next time we will for sure.