Review: Brunch at So.cial at Le Magasin

by gigi on May 7, 2009

Jenkins and I went for brunch one weekend with some friends at So.cial at Le Magasin in Gastown. I had gone to So.cial quite a while ago for dinner and had mixed reviews of my meal there. However, I wasn’t sure if my less than satisfactory meal was due to the fact that the restaurant had just opened. I was also tempted to give it another try because I heard that the brunch at So.cial was quite tasty. It was with these thoughts in mind that I suggested So.cial for our brunch outing.


We were the first to arrive so we decided to start with something to drink. Jenkins went for his usual morning drink of orange juice. He thought it was a bit small but other than that, he didn’t have any other comments.


I decided to have a latte, which came in a nice big cup. It was pretty hot and I thought the ratio of milk to espresso was just right.


While we perused the menu and tried to decide what to have, we were presented with a small dish of freshly made scones. The scones were warm and were slightly crispy on the outside. They went great with the accompanying butter and blackberry jam.


I decided to order the salmon benny, which also came with a side of home fries. My eggs benny were ok but I would have liked my eggs to be a bit more runny and I felt that the salmon was a bit overcooked. The home fries were coked with a bit of rosemary and theoretically, should have been quite tasty, but instead had a hard and chewy shell and was quite hard to eat. Everything was also a bit cold, which may have added to the overall poor quality of my dish.


Jenkins decided to have the chorizo and spinach omelette, which also came with home fries. He wasn’t too impressed with his omelette and thought it was pretty run of the mill. His home fries weren’t very tasty either and were also quite cold.


I have to say that I was quite disappointed with our brunch. If only one of our dishes didn’t turn out, I could have marked it up to poor luck but since both my and Jenkins’ dishes were not really good, I’m not sure what to believe. I do feel a bit duped because I’ve been here for both brunch and dinner now and both times did not work out. That being said, I’ve heard that the sandwiches at the So.cial butcher shop next door to the restaurant are excellent so I’m tempted to give that a try. But I may wait a bit before playing the part of a fool again. :)

200-332 Water Street, Vancouver
Tel: 604-669-4488

Food: [rating:1]
Service: [rating:3]
Price: $$

So.Cial at Le Magasin on Urbanspoon

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