Date Visited: August 2 2015
I went to ORU for their breakfast buffet because, well, it’s been awhile since I’ve been to a buffet and it was my sisters birthday. We decided to treat her and go for brunch. We originally wanted to go to Ebo in the Delta hotel but unfortunately I don’t think they have brunch buffet on Sundays anymore.
So we decided on ORU since I saw some okay review on them previously.
We walked into the grand lobby in the Fairmont rim hotel and it was really nice. I made reservations like two hours before we went and were given a patio space with an okay view looking out at the Convention Centre. Not the best view in the house. But it was just the right temperature and it was really comfortable.
The ambiance was nice and I could just spend hours there relaxing and chatting with friends and family.
The host was really professional and brought us to our seats immediately.
What I ate:
Our server asked us if we would like juice, coffee or tea which is included in the $36 weekend breakfast buffet.
I decided on freshly squeezed grapefruit juice – which had a decent amount of pulp and tartness.
Then we let the battle with food begin.
The spread was not massive – it was just one line of food. There were a good amount of people there, so a line had formed at the buffet station.
They had a section of pastries.
A section for hot food – bacon, ham, veggies, waffles, pancakes
A section for food cooked when ordered – omelet, eggs, egg benedict
Bread – which I barely touched but I noticed they had homemade butter which looked delicious
Cereal section – with all types (which I also did not touch)
Fresh fruit and smoked salmon section
Now “lets get down to business” and into the nitty gritty
Let’s start with the cooked foods
Waffles (chocolate and regular)
- The waffles had a bit too much baking soda/baking powder leavening agent making it hard to swallow
- They were really light and fluffy but there was no crunch on top
- Luckily it wasn’t too sweet
- The pancakes were very similar to the waffles – almost tasted like the same batter but just not in the same mold
Potatoes 2 types
- Both potatoes were on the bland side
- Cut very thin – one had more toppings than the other
- There were some inconsistencies – some were really crunchy to the point where it broke when you tried to stab at it and others were soft
Vegetables – consisting of kale, celery
- These were really flavourful – the kale was beautifully crispy yet it retained its “kaleness”
- The celery was nice and crunchy
- It was well seasoned and a delight to eat
- Croque monsieur was lacking cheese
- The bread was somewhat plain and should have been more flavoured
- The ham was somewhat dry on top
- It would have been better if there was more béchamel sauce so it wasn’t as dry
House made apple and nutmeg turkey sausage
- Very juicy and flavourful
- I enjoyed the addition of nutmeg – gave it a little kick and went well with the apple
- On the sweeter side
- Ham was really hard to cut
- Very rough and dry
- Again on the sweeter side
- Very crispy – some were too crispy and others were just very crispy
- It was also chewy at some parts
- Not too salty though which was good
- Steak is hard to control at a buffet – because how long you put it there can influence the texture
- My piece was very chewy
- The green sauce on top added no flavour or depth
- Hard to cut through and chew – but did had a very meaty flavour
Other sausage- thinner type (forgot the name)
- Didn’t like this one was much as the other thicker sausage
- It was on the drier side
- The meat that it consisted of was very flavourful though
- Again on the dry side
- Consisted of tomatoes and other vegetables
Omelet – with spinach, bacon, asparagus
- Omelet was nice and hot
- Good amount of bacon and asparagus – could have added more spinach
- The omelet was pretty well cooked
- Just lacked some seasnoning
Smoked salmon eggs benedict
- The smoked salmon was on the saltier side
- But the egg was perfectly cooked
Canadian Bacon eggs benedict
- Again the egg was perfectly cooked
- The English muffin on the bottom was not warm enough
- Good amount of avocado but overmasked the crab flavour slightly
- Could have used more seasoning on the crab
- The egg was again perfectly cooked
Croissant – almond, chocolate and regular
- Almond – 8/10 – get the almond croissant right when it comes out – its hot and crunchy at the point – pretty good
- 6.75/10: The chocolate croissant and regular – didn’t have enough layers – not flaky enough
- 7.5/10 – the danish was okay
- The filling was on the sweeter side
- The pastry was again not flaky enough but at least it wasn’t too sweet
Raspberry filled bun
- I quite enjoyed this one because the cream was very light and not too sweet
- Good amount of raspberries and nuts
Cream bun – what we came here for
- They had two sizes for these (a smaller size and the big normal size they sell downstairs at Giovane)
- This was the reason we came here – we’ve had their cream buns before and the thought of eating unlimited ones were definitely a dream come true
- The cream buns were just as good as before – light cream, not too sweet, not too rich amazing
- Of course being in a dreamlike state, we grabbed too many – 2 small ones and one big one
- We couldn’t finish the big one so we were able to pack it for home (which was great)
Fruit and smoked salmon, cheese, parfait section
We spent a long time in this section because of the Chantilly cream and the raspberries, blackberries. The combination was amazing and so delicious. The smoked salmon was also addicting. The prosciutto was okay – no crackers to go with everything though.
Address: 1038 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0B9
Type of restaurant: seafood, pacific northwest
Recommended: cream buns
Service: Really great service – our server was very attentive – replaced our coffee and juices and water, gave us new forks without being asked – very friendly but not overly friendly
Will come back: Not for weekend brunch buffet – but maybe to try other food
Summary: The breakfast weekend buffet is definitely not worth $36 considering the amount of food available. But for the atmosphere and service at a hotel I understand why they charge this amount. The quality of the items are pretty good considering it is a buffet. But small little changes, like making sure the waffles are warm at all times and the items are replenished in the fruit section, would make the entire experience more enjoyable. Also at times the line for the egg station can be a little long. Get the cream buns – so good.