Sunday, June 26, 2011

Marulilu Café: A Restaurant Review

I guess I really like eating at cafés. Seems like it, doesn't it? This time though it's not a Hong Kong style café, but rather a Japanese café serving both Japanese food as well as western-style breakfast and lunch. There is also a fairly extensive drink menu. The café itself is pretty small, only a hand full of two-seater tables with a few larger tables situated in the center of the establishment. During busy days, finding a seat will most likely be difficult, especially since you need to order first before sitting down. So if you're  flying solo, you will need to work out some sort of strategy on saving your seat while you order.

I forgot to take a picture of the outside again! But here is a look at the menu.
Calvin and I have eaten here once before, I believe I had ordered a katsu sandwich at that time, but I saw another patron order the waffle and it looked good so I had to order it this time. Calvin and I both ordered the "breakfast plate with waffle" which comes with eggs, hashbrowns, your choice of bacon, ham, or sausage as well as a waffle. I asked for my eggs scrambled and sausage with my plate and Calvin asked for his eggs sunny side up and ham instead. To drink, we decided to share a caramel macchiato.

My breakfast plate.

Calvin's breakfast plate.
The eggs, meat, and hashbrowns came first (well second after the coffee) and as you can see, the portions were a good size. The eggs were fresh, and actually reminded me of the eggs we had in Japan; the yolks were really yellow. I'm not an egg connoisseur, I always get white large eggs from the grocery store, although I know the grocery stores also sell brown eggs. Do brown eggs have more yellow yolks? LOL Maybe Marulilu's eggs are farm fresh. Anyhoo... my sausages were average, but still good. The hashbrowns were fried to perfection, crispy on the outside, still soft on the inside. The addition of fresh and juicy tomato slices completed the plate.

Calvin and I scarfed down our food as we were quite ravenous and by the time we got our waffles, we were full. However, the waffle looked too yummy to pass up.

The waffles are served with maple syrup, regular whipped cream, and yes, chocolate whipped cream. I am not too sure if it's made everytime it's ordered or if they make batches at a time as my waffle wasn't as hot/warm as I thought it would be. It was still soft though and with the chocolate whipped cream and syrup, it was a nice "dessert" to follow our meal.

If I recall correctly, I believe the breakfast plate with waffle was $8.95? Or was it $7.95? In either case, the price is fair for the amount of food you get. The other breakfast plates are around this price or cheaper. Breakfast is served all day, but there are more non-breakfast choices on the menu as well, all at a decent price. I think next time I'm going to order the okonomiyaki. They also have daily specials.

For those of you who aren't Japanese and are more on the adventurous side, they do serve a traditional Japanese breakfast, which includes nattō (fermented soy beans), rice, salmon, and omelette-style eggs.

As for the service, the service we had was definitely friendly and somewhat prompt. We only had to wait a reasonable amount of time for it to come. However, I think the first time we ate there we had to wait quite a while for our food. So if you show up on a really busy morning, beware.

Overall rating: 7/10

Marulilu Café
451 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC   V5Y 1R4

No official website, but they do have a Facebook page.

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