Against my doctors orders I accepted an assignment from Richmond Magazine. Twenty breakfasts later, an increase to my Lipitor dosage, and my work was done. Managed to visit quite a few interesting places.
Best Overall? Black Sheep – good food at a good price.
Most Creative? Stronghill – sorry, I’m a sucker for foie gras at brunch.
New Find? Perly’s – loved the space, the whole experience was like stepping back in time.
The Worst? Zeus Gallery – overpriced mediocre food and awful, awful service. After a string of bad experiences there a few years ago I decided to try it again. In the interim food portions shrunk, prices increased and plating became an afterthought with the food slopped carelessly onto the plate. The waitress probably could have handled the half-full restaurant except she spent her time chatting with friends and telling customers how busy she was instead of actually doing anything. When our food did arrive the kids got their pancakes first (half the size of the portions 4 years ago), M got her dish 5 minutes later and mine took nearly another 10. The waitress’ friends always had full water and coffees. Everyone else in the dining room had to ask as they were not a real priority. It’s sad, Zeus used to be our favourite brunch place and we would also go frequently for dinner. Looks like it may be another 4 or 5 years before we try again.
Anyway, all this and more, except for Zeus, can be found in the July Breakfast issue of Richmond Magazine. Rush out and buy a copy today!