The Well (Main Street)
This past weekend, I was invited for brunch by two of my closest friends in Vancouver. My friends K and L and I have been friends for over 14 years, and we have a really strong bond. Our brunch group grew in size up to 6 people (sometimes but as time went by, people moved away from Vancouver. However, K, L and myself have always maintained our friendship strong. Sharing a meal is one of the best ways for us to catch up and make some time for ourselves.
L decided to try The Well (which I thought I had tried before for dinner). When we arrived (all of us were punctual) at 11 am, there was already a line (for a Sunday brunch spot on Main Street, this doesn’t surprise me). I wasn’t really impressed with the long wait (over 20 minutes). But I will have to admit that the waitress was extremely prompt with taking our orders and delivering the food fast.
There are numerous places where The Well can improve in their brunch experience. They need to make it explicit to their potential customers that they take reservations (we saw people who arrived after us, getting a table before – apparently, this was because they had reservations). I was also unimpressed with the fact that my friends had to request refills on their tea water (the server could have brought a teapot and just refill the hot water). Overall, the service was less-than-stellar.
But the food… OMG the food. I ordered scrambled eggs with ham and toast (The Well Breakfast, $ 9.00). The eggs were done almost to perfection (I would say they have tough competition with Crave on Main, but they really make very, very good food). The portion size was very generous. The fruit salad that accompanied my brunch plate was fresh and abundant. The flavors in The Well breakfast aren’t complex, as it’s pretty much scrambled eggs with ham, but it’s a really good breakfast. I can’t complain at all.
Overall, I’d give The Well a good grade for brunch and I would give them a try for dinner. But they really have to up the ante on the service. I’d recommend you check it out. It’s pretty much on Main Street between 14th and 15th Avenues.
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