**Full Disclosure: My friends are the owners of the Cora Richmond location and invited a couple of us to check out this restaurant. The only things that were comped were our drinks**
Cora Breakfast and Lunch is a restaurant chain started by, you guess it, Cora. It first started in Montreal as a family joint and now has expanded to over 120 franchised restaurants. Cora’s philosophy and influence behind her food is variety and healthy quality ingredients. Her menu comprises of dishes that are not your traditional family breakfasts….let’s say some are on the creative hectic side.
When we went, it had just opened but it was already experiencing the crowds and lineups.
At this point, they were still ironing out operations and efficiencies but I’m glad to hear that in the last month or so they’ve greatly improved. When you enter the big room, you see the hustle and bustle of the large kitchen. The decor is brightly painted in the signature sunny yellow and decorated with colourful childlike signs….all aspects that point to a very friendly family restaurant.
I didn’t bother taking a picture nor will be documenting my dish because I custom ordered a egg white crepe with a side of fruit. This awfully boring breakfast was inline with my current health fix. However, I happily snapped pictures of what my friends ate and snagged a few bites. As you skimmed through the menu, you could tell a lot of their breakfast and lunch items would make any hungry trucker happy. What I mean is that these plates of food are massive and probably would keep you full until the next day…or at least to dinner that night. One friend ordered one of their classics: the 1990′s Harvest
It’s literally a hefty plate of a cinnamon-raisin brioche made a la French Toast style then topped with sunny side egg and bacon. To make you feel less guilty, the other half of the plate was filled with enough fruit to fulfill your daily quota.
Another ordered a sweet crepe jam packed with strawberries, bananas, and chocolate sauce topped with whipped cream. It was as big as a purse clutch and I was amazed that my friend was able to finish it.
Quoting one friend, Cora’s is few steps above a Denny’s with its vast selection of somewhat familiar breakfast and lunch fares…and with the prices to match. For sure, it’s not the type of place you could comfortably stumble into after an intoxicated night at the club ;-) One big positive is that they kind-of keep its promise of promoting health with the generous portions of fruit, fresh smoothies, and many healthy options.
Cora’s Breakfast and Lunch
170 – 11380 Steveston Highway