Sunday, November 07, 2010

Nu Restaurant & Lounge


I visited Nu today for a Sunday brunch with my parents. Nu is located under the Granville Street Bridge in downtown, right below Stonegrill Restaurant. The location is awesome with a view of the False Creek.


There were a lot of people and service was quite slow. We were given menus as we were seated, but we didn't get any water and no one asked us about drinks. After waving down our waiter to place our orders, we were each given a small scone with a mini hot chocolate served in an espresso cup. The hot chocolate was very much welcome on such a chilly morning. I was quite hungry at this point, but the scone fell short of my expectations. It was cold and even a bit gummy and chewy.


We ordered a smoked salmon tarama ($11) to share. It was a smooth salmon spread served with warm house made grilled pita. The pita was really soft and the salmon was tasty and creamy.


My dad and I were both rather unadventurous today and ordered egg benedicts. I got the dungeness crab ($16) and he got the pork loin ($12). I found the benedict to be very average. The English muffin didn't taste very fresh, and the Hollandaise sauce was a bit too sour for my taste. The potatoes on the side were very standard as well. But there was quite a bit of crab meat, and the cherry tomatoes were very juicy. Still this dish was disappointing as a whole, and I wouldn't order this again.


My mom wanted fish and ordered the BC albacore tuna ($22). It was a smart choice. The tuna was lightly seared on the outside and served with egg, tomatoes, spuds and greens. The spuds had a much stronger potato taste compared to my potatoes. The tuna was fresh and tender, and the greens and tomatoes were very refreshing.


The meal came to just over $60 for the 3 of us. Quite expensive for a brunch, and my egg benedicts were not as good as I had imagined. The service was very slow and inattentive. So I don't think this meal was worth the price.

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