Aura offers contemporary Pacific West Coast inspired creations with influences from Japanese and Hawaiian cuisines. There were a lot of more items on their lunch menu we didn't get to try since it was Sunday brunch. Nonetheless, we really enjoyed a lot of the dishes here.
The complimentary chocolate and zucchini bread and refreshing strawberry banana smoothies were a really nice touch. The zucchini bread was presented with a cute fresh flower. Mini jars of jams, peanut butter and honey were there for you to go crazy on. I'm not a fan of raw bananas, but I was ready to order more of these smoothies.
Brunch just wouldn't be brunch without eggs benny. Aura's Crab Benny is served with soft poached eggs over meaty Dungeness crab cakes. The toasted brioche was fluffy with crispy edges, way better than the typical mundane English muffin. The hollandaise sauce was nice and creamy, yet not too heavy. Although it was infused with shiso, the flavour wasn't too overwhelming but very fragrant. Along side were melon salad and "home fries", or roasted fingerling potatoes.
The steak sandwich was a favourite of my carnivorous sister. The 6 oz. strip loin was served medium, though could have been more rare, but still very tender. Over it were 2 jumbo onion rings, fragrant truffle mayo (mmm...) and toasted herb torpedo buns. The frites arrived hot and crispy and we blamed ourselves for not ordering a side of truffle mayo to dip them in. The newspaper-wax paper was a nice touch.
Grilled romaine heart with crispy pancetta, soft poached egg, parmesan and pesto vinaigrette. Compared to other dishes, this dish did the least for us. Some parts of the romaine weren't grilled all the way through. And despite having most of my favourite ingredients, the dish wasn't enough to keep me interested after a few bites.