Sunday, December 18, 2011

Nate's Deli, Merivale Road, Ottawa

Just the two of us this week for Sunday brunch and as we took the dog to Petsmart for a Christmas groom we decided to try Nate's Deli which is the new site of the famous Nate's that used to be opposite the Bytown Cinema on Rideau Street.

Nate's was an institution that was demolished to make way for something new that wouldn't ever be as good as the old place but apparently the owner thought it was time so they sold and the place was replaced with a Shoppers Drugmart (I think - who cares?).

After a year this place sprang up where Cora's used to be on Merivale and Nate's Mk2 was born.

I'd never eaten at the old place so I have nothing to compare but my smoked salmon benny was perfect - the egg was soft, the hollandaise tasty - even if it has slightly split - and the salmon actually tasted of salmon - a rarity nowadays!

Mrs Drude had the breakfast club which, strangely, had no mayo on it and was a bit dry - but served with a pile of fruit which kept her happy (and dipping her dry club in my leftover hollandaise sauce).

Coffe was ok but charged for ($2.25 - we had 2 refills) - this is a deli place that serves breakfast rather than a greasy spoon and the menu makes for an interesting read - sandwiches all seem to have chopped liver in them and are named after local celebs, Max Keeping, Alanis, Pierre Trudeau - you get the picture.

The food here is good - I'd rather come for a lunch and have one of the sandwiches but breakfast fare is good.

It's definitely on the list for the full 'club' meet in the new year.......which brings me nicely to wish you all a Merry Christmas (or whatever you celebrate) and a great 2012.

Be safe.

The Drude.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Another chance for the new Cozy's to shine.......a deconstruction.

I always thought that Cozys should have an apostrophe, as per the restaurant of Cozy, thus: Cozy's - I'll get to the bottom of this at some stage but it now appears they have added the '! Anyway, we went for an 'economy' breakfast this week and there were going to be a lot of us so we decided the big table at Cozy's would do just fine. As it turned out a couple of the 'Club' were at a concert in NYC and another was starting to feel ill so it was just a '6' this week rather than the potential 11 it could have been.

Cozy's underwent a bit of a make-over a couple months ago and when we tried it then we were not that impressed by the changes, I guess we were ready to see if improvements had been made. As it turned out, they changed the menu just a few days ago!! (Nothing huge, btw)

The service was attentive but a little bit haphazard with orders that were brought to the table with the wrong toast or missing toast or an order missed completely. The food, generally, was ok - but it's hard to mess up toast, egg, beans and some bacon - or is it????

I always have the 'Trucker's' - which should, but does not, have an apostrophe in the new menu - so lets take this plate item by item for a full deconstruction?

We'll start with the positive - 3 x soft poached eggs; perfectly cooked but these must be the smallest hen eggs in Ontario! I didn't know you could get XS eggs. That's not excess but extra small.

The 3 strips of back bacon were tasty and well cooked.

The 3 small breakfast sausages could have been full of sawdust for all I could taste.

The slice of ham - same, no taste to it whatsoever.

The home fries - these have changed - no longer do you get small cubed potato pieces but slices that are undercooked and covered in a powder that could be paprika - but as this powder tastes of nothing it could be anything. It's possible these also come from a bag - but I can't say that for certain.

The onions that were requested on the homefries - mild flavour and undercooked, no colour on them at all.

Side of beans - from the cheapest can of beans you could find anywhere.

3 rounds of buttered toast - well toasted!

Decent coffee.

That little lot costs $10.50 and 99c for the beans - $11.50 give or take a penny.

If they served a better sausage (just one that tasted of something sausage-like), improved the ham and reverted to the old home-fries with crispy cooked onion this would be a great deal and a great breakfast - as it stands it's low on the totem pole of brunch experiences from my perspective.

Maybe next Sunday we'll go to Ikea and see what you get for $1 - I'm hearing good things, not that I'm unaware of the Ikea breakfast, I've indulged many times and always enjoyed it but keep forgetting to order 2 breakfasts! maybe the new bigger Ikea serves a bigger $1 brekky!

It's been a strange old week; coming back from Montreal last weekend to a very poorly kitten who had to be put to sleep on Tuesday didn't help the week go well; we went to the soft opening night of Fatboy's Smokehouse in the market on Tuesday night (Son is a chef there); found our new kitten on Thursday; picked him up on Friday.

Then with those surfer dudes from the Amazing race who got sent packing but won almost all the legs of the race to-date and the appalling and spineless judging fiasco on X-Factor USA (from that Nicole women) I'm in a bit of a flux this week - I hope December gets better.

Until next week, be safe.

The Drude

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Brunch is cancelled this week........

Due to the Craft Walk involving the Daily Grind, Shanghai Restaurant and Raw Sugar we are not brunching this week - add to that that we are off to Montreal overnight to see a 'gig' - go to the Craft Walk though - it'll be fun and we might see you all there around 2ish.

Until next week, be safe,