The launch of the new brunch menu at The Bibo Restaurant was, surprisingly, my first time at the restaurant.
Bibo opened in March 2011 and could be one of Vancouver’s best kept secrets, despite its central location on W. 4th Ave. There seem to be two Bibo camps, those who are true, loyal lovers, and those who have never been. With this visit being my first, it’s easy to see why people are so loyal.
Owners Lorenzo Bottazzi and Andrea Bini hail from Italy and opened Bibo with the intention of bringing authentic Italian food to Vancouver. With that being a success, June 30th signifies their foray into Vancouver’s extensive and diverse brunch scene.
The menu will include typical North American fare, such as eggs and bacon, but will also feature more authentic items such as farinata (a type of bread similar to pizza crust made with chick pea flour), focaccia al formaggio Genovese (cheese focaccia), and banga cauda (a sauce made of butter, olive oil, garlic, and anchovies for dipping vegetables).
Other new (and delicious) things coming to Bibo this summer are: an updated dinner menu, exclusive Bibo wines from the Bottazzi family winery, and new desserts that include pernigotti cremottino (a gelato-like chocolate dessert).
The food and wine, while great, weren’t my favourite part of the evening though. I loved the authenticity of the restaurant. There was so much Italian being spoken that there were fleeting moments where I had to remind myself, ‘No, I’m not in Italy.’ But for a nice dinner or brunch, I’m willing to suspend reality.
1835 West 4th Avenue Vancouver, BC
About the author: A fashion blogger who loves food and has no qualms about admitting that she’s eaten gelato for breakfast (and lunch. And dinner.) and had Jack Daniels shots for brunch. With this in mind, Erin was able to marry 3 of the loves of her life (the 4th being Derek Jeter, but the restraining order prohibits that) into her blog, Haus of Hybrid. She also does a myriad of other cool things; to find out more, tweet her: @erin_gee