My friend Westjet called me out of the blue and wanted to do brunch. I’m not fond of brunch. I detest the long line-ups, crowded venue and the calorific dishes that leave me feeling tired and unhealthy. If you feel the same way as I do, you should check out Vero Bistro Moderne.
The bistro is small and elegant, reminding me of a jazz club. I enjoyed the relaxing ambience. There was ample room to sit and have a conversation without being overheard. Frank Sinatra could be heard crooning in the background.
Westjet and I both ordered the Wild Boar Bacon & Jumbo Prawns. The single organic egg was cooked just how I like it – solid yet the yolk was still warm and creamy. The egg white was fluffy like a cloud and just as light. The hand whipped hollandaise was how I think all hollandaise should taste. Buttery and barely there, just enough to compliment to all the other ingredients. This was not the heavy yellow glop I remember in my past brunch experiences.
The croissant was so delectable it deserves its own paragraph. The warm layers of the pastry flaked apart. You could see the actual separate layers. The exterior was a glossy dark golden brown.
Hotchkiss pea shoots added a freshness to the dish. The tomatoes were sweet and ripe, dotted with pesto. The boar bacon was razor-thin, loaded in flavour, with zero grease. So crispy that the bacon shattered when you bit into it. The potato garnish also added a delightful crunch.
The two prawns were large and sweet. These reminded me of the prawns my mother use to get for us in Steveston, Richmond. She would boil the fresh prawns and peel it for us, so good you didn’t really need to do anything else to it.
Hitting the Sauce gives Vero two fat thumbs up. This is one of the best brunches I’ve ever had. Prices are higher than your usual popular, crowded venues, but the experience and quality ingredients make up for it.