November 6th, 2010. Group Brunch at The Reef
There needed to be another random group eating adventure. Caribbean Brunch? Absolutely! I made reservations at The Reef on Commercial Drive and prayed to the food gods to not let us down!
The space is decorated like a tiki hut, with light wooden tables and chairs and straw thatching. Bursts of color play up to the Caribbean theme and even on this particularly drab November day we still managed to find sunshine in each other’s company!
I couldn’t help myself…I ordered the Battdo de Pina: Pineapple Shake! I just wish I could have been sweeter and more pineapple-y..and not so frothy…
I believe these were Plantain Hush Puppies with flavored butter. They were fried a bit too long which made the batter kind of hard and not moist. I liked the butter and the sugar coating 😀
Sam Lord’s Breakfast: 2 free range eggs, chorizo sausage with hash browns and multigrain toast. Apparantly nothing too special.
Richard had the Trini Roti: Choice of curried meat wrapped in a roti and served with coleslaw. Uhm…where’s the dressing on the slaw there? Lol! This was not filling enough for Richard, who ended up eating some more food.
Rhea had the Jerk Salmon Benny: Wild salmon filet topped with their signature jerk sauce on a toasted English muffin. Topped with medium poached eggs and a citrus hollandaise and a side of hash browns.
My meal was the Calypso Oxtail: Savory bone-in beef stew with potato, carrots and a side of rice and peas. Too many carrots 😛 Looks like Korean Galbi-Jjim, right? I would have liked this even more if it was saucier.
Overall the meal was interesting, but not really revolutionary. The menu as a whole is such a mix of cultures that it left us wondering why there were so many other ethnicities represented.
Influence and being a hodge-podge are 2 different things. Some of the food was good, but others felt like just regular breakfast fare. Hit and miss.
Oh, and they pre-calculated the tip since we were a larger group is fine..but they calculated the tip based on the total amount of the bill….which means including tax. Not good. We took it up with the server, but she didn’t want to talk about it and was very evasive.