Find a Breakfast place on Whyte: The mission for the day. After a really fun weekend on our Jasper Ski trip with PERGSS (Phys. Ed. and Rec Grad Student Society), I sadly had to bid farewell to my darling girlfriend clareadaire (whom everyone is currently waiting on for a review soon).
Well, her flight was around 1pm so it gave us the morning to go on a short walk in search of breakfast. She wanted to go to Sugarbowl, of course, who wouldn’t, (review coming soon), but I didn’t feel like walking 6 blocks to wait an hour for a table.
Artisan Resto Cafe is a little… Artisan, resto-cafe…. Good job on the name guys :-). It’s actually on Whyte Ave, in the complex formerly known as the Garneau (St. Joes) Hospital, now converted into shops and apartments, between 108 and 107th st. You can’t miss it, as the sign is huge and neon.
I could make bacon, eggs, pancakes at home, quite well might I add, so when it comes to finding a breakfast place, I’m REALLY picky and it has to impress me. We walked in, only 2-3 other parties were in there so we had a little room to stretch out and have our privacy. We picked out a little table next to the wishing tree:
Claireadaire mulled over the decent selection, with some out of the box offerings. I like that. The last time we had this nice of a breakfast was at Brockton VIlla in La Jolla.
Dude. I need Coffee! Don’t hate on the pink shirt. Haters.
I went with the “Pacific” ($15), Croissant-Eggs Benedict with California Avocados, fresh spinach, Gruyeré cheese, and smoked Salmon. Delicious! Spicy Peppered potatoes, Fresh fruit, eggs were poached perfectly. I like the attention to detail, especially toasting and buttering the croissant (a little redundant, the butter… have you ever seen a croissant being made?)
Claireadaire opted for something with a little more gusto – Masala Morning ($10), 2 eggs, strips of chicken breast and grilled potatoes in a homemade curry sauce, served with toasted pan bread. It was certainly an out-of-the box offering for a classic breakfast place. Curry was OK but the execution was nicely done.
Of course she giggled to no end when we ordered Orangina. Like Regina, why do people insist on pronouncing it like that? Ha!
Solid, decently priced breakfast, with all the convenience that Whyte Ave has to offer. Attentive, semi-chatty and friendly staff… And freaking delicious Gaviña coffee. Well done. They do serve lunch and dinner as well, and have decent offerings for drop-in and take out.
Check it out, or visit their website at