Mark Taylor's no stranger to the South Granville area and his sister restaurant, Cru, has long been a favorite dining destination, but sadly it is closing its doors at the end of June. Fear not though because if Siena is anything like Cru, it too will become a Vancouver staple.
Siena is a neighborhood restaurant that exudes warmth, comfort and a laid back atmosphere that's the perfect backdrop to a delicious meal. Siena's focus is a Mediterranean menu that's full of simple, yet tasty dishes. They have a daily fresh fish, risotto and pasta special to entice diners, while more static items like free-range organic chicken breast that's brick-roasted with rosemary, lemon, garlic and capers, served with a ricotta gnudi is consistently on the menu. Chef Tim Evans' passion for his food is reflected in each dish, while Mark Taylor's impeccable taste in wine pairs perfectly with the menu. Siena is not only affordable, but will take you on an imaginary (yet blissful) vacation away from Vancouver, if only for a few hours...
Beautiful ravioli at Siena — Photo courtesy of Siena (Facebook)
Although Siena has been open for a little while now, their brunch service is new! Brunch will be served on Sundays from 11:00am until 2:30pm. Don't expect simple items like fried eggs and toast; Siena takes brunch to a decadent level that will start your day off right. Those of you with a sweet tooth may get weak at the knees just reading about the Brioche French toast, served with fresh banana, Frangelico syrup and candied pecans. If you're more of a savory fan, the Cassoulet is filled with braised fagioli beans, tomato, double smoked bacon, natural Italian sausage and a perfectly poached egg. Feeling extra indulgent? A mimosa will refresh your palate in between those glorious mouthfuls.
Don't worry, the Seawall is just a short distance away where you can walk freely for as long as you like to use up all of that food you consumed at brunch.