Category Archives: Bel Café

Bel Café’s Hot Cross Buns Recipe

Hop into Easter with Bel Café’s famous hot cross buns! Although our cafés aren’t open to serve our usually highly-anticipated springtime treats, there’s no reason you shouldn’t still devour these goodies from home. From the Bel Café recipe vault, we are sharing our secret to these moist and pillowy, sweet and spicy traditional Easter treats.

 

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Meet Bel Café Pastry Chef Tessa Faulkner

 

 

To celebrate International Women’s Day this year, we are shining a spotlight on some of the incredibly talented and hardworking women who make up our Hawksworth Restaurant Group family. Comprising almost half of our team, women play an important role in our operations; we take this day to recognize and praise their achievements.

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Bel Café’s Roasted Cauliflower Sandwich

Roasted Cauliflower

Ingredients:

1 head of cauliflower (300g)
15g curry spice
7g salt

Method:

  1. Cut the cauliflower in half and remove any green leaves and a bit of the stem keeping in intact.
  2. Heat a large pot of water to a boil and add salt.
  3. Carefully lower in both pieces of the cauliflower and boil for 4 mins.
  4. Strain and allow to cool on a paper towel.
  5. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  6. Once the cauliflower is cooled enough to handle cover with the curry spice and place on a sheet tray and cook for 10 mins until golden brown.
  7. Once cooled, slice into cauliflower steaks, and set aside for the sandwich.

 

Harissa Mayonnaise 

Ingredients:

5 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbsp harissa paste
1 lemon juiced and zested

Method:

In a mixing bowl add all the ingredients into a bowl and mix. Set aside.

 

Pickled Raisins

Ingredients:

100g raisins
250ml vinegar
250ml water
150g sugar

Method:

  1. In a medium sauce pot bring the vinegar water and sugar to a boil.
  2. Put raisins into pot and cook for 2 mins.
  3. Turn off heat and allow to cool.
  4. Once cooled store in a jar in the fridge. Can be stored for up to 2 weeks.

 

Tomato Chutney

Ingredients:

10g ginger peeled and minced
5g garlic minced
1 shallot minced
2tbsp canola oil
1tbsp curry powder
60ml red wine vinegar
45g sugar
4g salt
2 baskets of cherry tomatoes whole
1 tbsp tomato paste
2tbsp ketchup

Method:

  1. Sautée shallots, garlic, onion in a medium size sauce pot for about 5-10 minutes on medium-low heat or until translucent. Note: keep a close eye on it as this will burn easily
  2. Add tomato paste to your sautée and cook for 2 minutes
  3. Add cherry tomatoes and spice and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and allow to simmer for 25 minutes until reduced and a jam consistency has been reached.
  5. Cool and set aside.

 

Other Ingredients:

15g grated Halloumi cheese. Feta will also work if you can not find Halloumi.
5g alfalfa sprouts
2g picked mint
2 slices of rye bread.
butter (optional)

 

Build

  1. On one side of the toast, add tomato chutney on the bread and sprinkle grated cheese on top of the chutney
  2. On the other side of the toast, add a small amount of harissa mayonnaise
  3. Put cauliflower steak on one side of the toast
  4. Add a few pickled raisins.
  5. Add alfalfa sprouts and mint leaves
  6. Close the sandwich, cut it in half, and enjoy.

Holiday gifts for all

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Christmas is almost here and there is no better way to ring in the most joyful time of year than with lovingly made treats from Pastry Chef, Wayne Kozinko. Bel Café offers classic Christmas delights such as vanilla shortbread ($14 for box of 12), eggnog lattes ($5.50) and peppermint macarons ($2 each).

 

Indulge in more traditional holiday pastries such as Christmas cake ($17), linzer cookies ($14 box of eight) and milk chocolate, chestnut and caramel entremets ($6.20 small / $40.00 large). Catch the eye and satisfy the sweet tooth of holiday party guests with one of Bel’s edible and decorative macaron trees. These 20-piece trees add a unique twist to ordinary Christmas décor and are priced at $55. Say cheers to the season at Bel with house-mulled cider ($4), bourbon-spiked cider ($9) and eggnog with spiced rum ($9).

 

Get into the holiday spirit with Bel Café’s seasonal menu favourites and delicious Christmas treat offerings. . For large corporate orders, contact events@hawksworthrestaurant.com. Prices include tax.

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Holiday Hours

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We hope that you’ll be able to join us over the holiday season with family and friends, whether it be for lunch, dinner or cocktails. Please note we are open every evening for regular dinner service with a special Holiday Tasting Menu and New Year’s Eve Menu.

Hawksworth Restaurant
Dec 24 – Regular Hours
Dec 25 – Breakfast 6:30am-11:00am, Lunch – Closed
Dec 26 – Regular Hours

Dec 31 – Regular Hours
Jan 1 – Breakfast 6:30am-10:30am, Brunch 10:30am-2:00pm
Jan 2 – Regular Hours

Hawksworth Cocktail Bar
Dec 24 – Regular Hours
Dec 25 – 5:00pm to late
Dec 26 – Regular Hours

Bel Café
Dec 25 – Closed
Jan 1 – Closed

Strawberries & Champagne

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Every October restaurants and cafes across British Columbia join together in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation of BC’s Tickled Pink campaign. Bel Café is taking part again, this year by donating 50% of the sale of every Strawberry & Champagne macaron to support research in our province. Think pink and try one with your morning coffee or show your support by gifting a full box of nine!

It’s almost time for Easter Weekend

Nothing says spring quite like the blooming of flowers, the arrival of warm weather and the Easter long weekend. If you’re taking the time to relax with family and friends on Good Friday join us for brunch at Hawksworth Restaurant. We’ll be serving brunch from 10:30 to 2:00, reservations can be made by calling 604.673.7000 or online at here.

As always Bel Café is excited to celebrate the beginning of our favourite season by bringing back some of our classic treats, alongside some tempting new ones. Chef Wayne Kozinko is once again preparing his coveted individually baked hot cross buns. Enjoy in the cafe paired with your favourite TWG Tea or order online at www.belcafe.com for a half and full dozen of buns packaged for takeaway.

 
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Pretty in pastels, Bel Cafe’s handmade marshmallows are another returning favourite – the beautifully packaged boxes are ready for gifting to guest and any little ones that may not feel like searching for their Easter treasure! New this year, and a testament to the skill of Chef Kozinko’s culinary team, are ‘religieuse’; a traditional French pastry made of two filled choux puffs that is named after the nuns that the pastries resemble. We’ll be preparing a decadent dark chocolate and a lighter key lime pie version of the eclairs for a sinfully sweet treat this Easter.

 

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Valentine’s Day arrives at Bel Café

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Thinking of getting your loved one something sweet this Valentine’sDay? Chef Kozinko has prepared some sweet treats that are pre-wrapped on our retail wall.

 

Valrhona Manjari chocolate covered raspberry marshmallows – $8 per box.
Valrhona Manjari chocolate and raspberry macarons – $2 each or $18 per box.

 

Complete your Valentine’s to-do list by pairing your gift with one of the many Valentine’s Days cards available. Don’t forget that belcafe.com has also launched online ordering for our lunch menu, seven days a week.

 

 

Nectar Juicery arrives at Bel Café

 

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Bel Café is excited to partner with local Vancouver company, Nectar Juicery, to carry their juice on tap. Guests can enjoy the juice either in house or to go. Currently the cafe is serving The Daily, which includes cucumber, celery, seasonal greens, green apple, parsley, lemon, and ginger.

 

Put your best foot forward – it’s easy when you’ve got everything you need. Cucumber, celery, green apple, spinach, parsley, lemon and ginger provide a deep, nourishing cleanse, alkalizing the body and boosting vitamin absorption – meaning you’ll be facing the day fully charged. But without the static cling.

 

The benefits of 100% organic, cold pressed, unpasteurized, formulaic and local juice are boundless. Enjoying juice in this form is the quickest, healthiest, and easiest way to nourish your your body with all of the vitamins, minerals and enzymes it needs. As juice bypasses digestion the nutrients can easily be absorbed and accessible for your body to use almost instantly.

 

For more information about Nectar Juicery look them up online.