Friday, March 8, 2013

Brunch at Benny's Bistro (Review)

Brunch is an amazing concept and a mix of my two favourite things: Champagne and eggs! When drinking bubbly before noon is socially acceptable, count me in. Benny's Bistro is a small breakfast, brunch and lunch spot at the back of the French Baker on Murray Street. It has a relaxed atmosphere, friendly service and an open kitchen to watch the chefs make their masterpieces. 

We obviously started with some mimomas and Kir Royale (Champagne and Creme de Casis), with fresh baked bread from the French Baker. The menu changes regularly but they seem to offer a regular selection of french toast, eggs, pancakes and smoked salmon, among other creative dishes.  

I indulged in the Salmon gravlax paired with a warm lemon, caper and fingerling potato salad, with a side of olive tapenade, and a sunnyside egg on top. The dish looked small when it arrived, but the layers were quite deceiving and I was totally satisfied on my last bite.  

Benny's Salmon Gravlax, $15
My brunch partner (aka my mother) decided for the sweet option of the aged cheddar stuffed french toast with roasted royal gala apple compote, brown butter oat crumble and salted caramel. I'm not normally a huge fan of sweet breakfasts/brunches, but this did not disappoint. The French Baker bread added a fresh and dense flavor to this traditional dish.

Aged Cheddar stuffed French Toast, $14 
Brunch is such a fabulous weekend treat and a great excuse to spend more time with family and friends. Benny's Bistro offers a relaxed environment with fresh, local and unique ingredients at a decent price. Reservations can be made on weekdays, but be prepared to wait a few minutes for a table on weekends.
Don't forget to check out the French Baker for fresh breads and pastries on your way out.

Verdict: Good service, relaxing environment, good quality food.

Price: Not your $4.99 breakfast, but decent prices for weekend brunch. $14-$17 per dish.

Hours: 8:00am - 2:30pm

Benny's Bistro (The French Baker), 119 Murray Street, Ottawa.

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