I have another confession to make. I am a hotel breakfast buffet fiend. When I travel, I love staying at a hotel with a buffet where I can leisurely wake up with coffee and hot breakfast items. I will even splurge ocassionally and visit them here in town for no particular reason. While it's a bit of a monetary and caloric splurge, it makes for a nice lazy weekend treat. Plus I usually skip lunch afterwards. My favourites in downtown Vancouver are Currents at the Westin Bayshore (in Coal Harbour) and Oru at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. I prefer the Westin Bayshore, with its relaxing atmosphere, ample newspapers, giant windows making the space light and airy, and great selection of items in their "super foods" buffet. Everything that I've had there has been tasty. It is $28 including coffee and juice, and they usually have little smoothies out in shot glasses too. You can order from your server made to order eggs/omelette/waffles/pancake whereas at Oru there's an omelette station where I've had to wait in a bit of a line on a busy holiday weekend (but I probably could have asked the server now that I'm thinking of it). The food quality is very high at Oru, but it is more expensive. Breakfast on weekdays is $36 and "brunch" on weekends is $38. Both places have exceptional service. I would rate both higher than the buffets at the Hotel Vancouver and Hyatt, but bear in mind that Oru is more expensive than both of these. There's a new Cora opening on Robson Street, so it may be a while before I check out any other breakfast buffets.
I have always been too scared to go to Uncle Willy's near Metrotown, but I have been told that I should try it because of the fried chicken. I know I won't be proud of that one either, but I might as well give it a go one of these days (and confess afterwards, of course).