Tasty Brunch at Ask for Luigi

We finally tried Ask for Luigi, newish Italian place in Railtown. Good word-of-mouth, online response varies though 😛

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The guy behind Ask for Luigi also is the guy who started my favourite pizza place Pizzeria Farina. I had tempered high hopes.

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Located in the corner house that used to be the home of Two Chefs and a Table (cough).

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The colours and typeface bring to mind Art Deco and classic Italian American with a touch of Broadway.

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Reservations are a bit…confused. Direct questions about making reservations for brunch and dinner resulted in varied and vague answers. But we only waited 10-15 minutes for a table for two for brunch…towards the later tail end of brunch.

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Lots of wood paneling and b&w photography.

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I can see where they were going with the decor. I like it. The room itself is quite small. Could probably fit 40 people max in the whole space?

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Nice one.

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The “Pizzeria Farina guy” was there making pasta. Not sure if he was making pasta for dinner service or if any of that pasta actually went into our brunch dishes.

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Top anything with a fried egg and it’s brunch!

The bruch menu. I chose the Pork Belly with Fried Egg, Salsa Verde and Polenta. Wendy chose the Papparedelle with Bolognese and Fried Egg. Top anything with a fried egg and it’s brunch!

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The Papparedelle with Bolognese. Flavourful without being salty. Meaty, tomatoey goodness. Noodles were a bit soft for my liking but Wendy loved it. Maybe Papparedelle is better served a bit softer?

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Pork Belly with Polenta. I think they took a pork belly and rolled it up, roasted it, cut big slabs then fried it on both sides. Nice preparation. I loved the fluffly, creamy polenta. I could see the “grains” of the polenta but it was still smooth. Great match with the well-seasoned pork belly. Basil and salsa verde are a nice touch.

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Egg/pork porn.

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Both dishes were licked clean.

Here you can see the layers in the pork belly. This was a great dish. I almost felt light and dainty after eating it! The polenta really helped lighten up what might’ve otherwise have been a heavy brunch dish. Both dishes were licked clean.


Ask for Luigi’s proximity to Alibi Room in Gastown is a big fat bonus. So of course I had to drag Wendy there.

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Alibi Room’s food doesn’t get a fair shake. I’ve enjoyed some of their specials, like when they had meatballs.

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I’ve only tried Persephone Brewing a couple times but I think they’re doing great beers. Their Citra American Pale Ale was fresh, bright and clean and much better than the Ninkasi Mosaic Single Hop Pale Ale that I had before it, which tasted a bit dull and unbalanced.

Persephone Brewing's Citra-Hopped American Pale Ale.
Persephone Brewing’s Citra-Hopped American Pale Ale.

We had a great time at Ask for Luigi and proximity to Alibi Room makes it an excellent way to spend a lazy weekend afternoon.

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