Between running Primal and POP Wine Bar in Saskatoon, chef Christie Peters is keeping pretty pretty busy these days. Perhaps, that is the reason why either of her restaurants have not served weekend brunch...until now.
On Saturday, May 6, POP Wine Bar will be having its first-ever brunch service. Billed as a pop-up brunch (with reservations strongly encouraged), the one-day-only daytime menu will be served from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Peters explains that the fun, leisurely brunch service is drawing inspiration from memories of brunching with hospitality coworkers on a rare day off when she worked as a young line cook in Vancouver.
"We are giving longer seating times between reservations than a 'normal' brunch spot would, and we'll be serving brunch right up until our daily happy hour starts. If people want to linger over another round of oysters and some beer and clam, then all the better for a Sunday Funday. We can't wait and think it is going to be really fun," says Peters.
(The chef also notes that while there are plans to offer weekend brunch on a regular basis in the comng months, this Saturday is should be viewed as one-day-only affair.)
The menu includes POP's version of cinnamon toast (Viennesse-stlye bread with cultured butter, topped with sugar and cinnamon), breakfast poutine with pork belly and poached egg, eggs benedict on potato rosti, poached eggs, cured trout, roe and hollandaise, and even a playful take on a classic fruit cup with wine-poached pears, preserved peaches, citrus and maraschino cherries). Oysters and caviar service will also be on offer.
Of course, there will be plenty of natural wines like pet nat and other bubbly options to kick off brunch with. Then there's spiked coffee options, and of course, the POP Caesar that is garnished with a skewer comprised of Spanish chorizo, truffle manchego, an olive and a pickled pepper, as well as an oyster with mignonette.
Extra hungry (or hungover) patrons have the option to add a house-pickled egg and a snack-sized bag of Cheezies too. I mean, why wouldn't you?
POP Wine Bar is located at 334 20 St. W and open Tuesdays to Saturdays. Its first-ever pop-up brunch service is happening on Saturday, May 6, and reservations can be made online via OpenTable or by calling the restaurant directly.