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|
|Aged Cheddar stuffed French Toast, $14|
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.