So this weekend me and Wang went to this brunch place called Lili Co. She had intro’d it to me, saying that it had just opened this October! Obviously I was pretty excited, and excited that all midterms are finished.
The decor was definitely my style. I love the masculinity of it, with the black walls, and the wooden tables. It just was much better for brunch than a cutesy getup, in my opinion.
We started off with a scone, since I LOVE scones. We dug in, took the first bite. I looked at her and said “Damn”. Although it didn’t look it, the scone was very buttery and full of warm flavour. It was so delicious, melting in my mouth. It’s not the texture of a regular scone, but more the texture of a fluffy muffin. It was topped off with some strawberry jam, and was placed on a small pool of creme fraiche. With each bite, I made sure I had all three parts on the spoon. It was damn delicious.
After a while of chatting, the waitress informed us that they had messed up on the dishes, so they’re remaking it, but treated us to the doughnuts to apologize for the wait. I am not a huge doughnut fan, but I absolutely love the ones with sugar on them. The doughnut was topped off with some cocoa sprinkle (that looked like it was shaved fresh from a piece of dark chocolate), and served with a buttery caramel. I am not a fan of caramel, but everything in this dish was amazing. If anyone knows Shanghainese cuisine, the doughnut part of it tastes exactly like “Gao li dou sha”, the dessert that is deep fried, filled with red bean paste and covered in sugar. For those of you who don’t know, the inside is a little gooey, and definitely not crumbly and textured like a typical Tim Hortons doughnut. It doesn’t have any spaces/holes inside, and is dense to the fact that everything is stuck together, but is still airy because it’s not cooked fully. The buttery caramel added just enough flavour to it and I much prefer this version over the Shanghai version.
Finally, we got our main dishes. Wang got this amazing baked egg dish. Feel free to wander over to her page to hear more about it!
As for me, I got an omelette with rabbit sausage and mushrooms on top. The mushrooms are more like fungi, similar to the black ear mushrooms. The omelette was extremely thin and smooth, and was filled with the rabbit sausages and caramelized onions. It was served with bread from the bakery Guillaume which the waitress informed me was just down the street. The rabbit sausage added the perfect amount of flavour to the dish. There was also a good amount of sausage in the omelette, avoiding the overloading-with-caramelized-onions that people may lean towards doing. The mushroom added the texture (slightly crunchy) that the dish needed. Of course the bread was fragrant and well-buttered.
Overall, I’d definitely give this brunch place a try. All of their dishes have an interesting and unusual ingredient in it. The dishes also had a more masculine touch, perfect for a large group. I love that they put a small twist to very traditional brunch dishes. It’s great!
It should be noted that they only serve brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, and are open for dinner during the weekdays :)
Atmosphere: Masculine, easy