It was about time I caught up with Cath and Kevin of Notey! We planned on going to Twisted Fork Bistro for brunch on a Saturday but the line up took an hour. We were clueless about where to go so we ended up at Cardero’s Restaurant in Coal Harbour. I barely go to Coal Harbour so when we got to Cardero’s, I knew that brunch by the harbour was going to be super comfortable. However, seafood for brunch wasn’t the best combination so I think I will come back for dinner next time instead.
We got a table next to the window with the view of the yachts. Compared to The Fish Shack, Cardero’s actually looks like a “fish shack” with nets hung around the walls and polished dark wood from top to bottom. The fact that it is also next to the water only enhances the atmosphere. This was definitely a fancy fish shack. On the down side, srvice was slow and they were under staffed. I was also a bit disappointed with how dusty everything was; I was drinking dusty water and I didn’t dare use my napkin from all the dust giving me the allergies.
To start off, we shared a Wok Broccolini (CAD8) with garlic, red chilli and soy. I didn’t find this spicy but it was a good healthy addition to our brunch.
Kevin had the Cajun Chicken Burger (CAD14) with bourbon BBQ sauce with a side of fries. Burgers for brunch was definitely something I couldn’t do. The chicken looks dry in this picture, but I saw that juice was dripping off the other end when Kevin was eating it so I’m assuming that it was quite tender and juicy.
Cath went for the Westcoast Fish Tacos (CAD12) with fresh local snapper, onions, peppers, cucumber salsa and spicy yogurt for her brunch. This looked delicious and just about balanced for a brunch without too much fluff.
As for me, I wasn’t up for seafood or burgers for brunch so I had the Shanghai Noodle Bowl (CAD11) with chicken, broccolini, shiitake mushrooms, carrots and bean sprouts. I felt like I should have ordered something that has seafood since Cardero’s is a seafood restaurant because this dish was dry and tasteless. Again, I think I’m going to return for dinner next time. Seafood for brunch has always been too heavy for me.