When you want that combined experience of breakfast and lunch, what you need is a great option for brunch. In fact, brunch has become a meal that brings friends and family together. It has become a part of the advent of unique Canadian food culture. There is nothing quite amazing as getting a fix of coffee with poached eggs and waffles.
You do not need to search far and wide to get the best spots for brunch in the capital city of Ottawa and nearby area. Just keep an open mind and go on an exploration with your taste buds.
1. Chez Edgar
60 Rue Bégin, Gatineau (819) 205-1110
This restaurant only features brunches on weekends. You can choose from about five varieties for your meal which sometimes include uncommon meals but pleasing to taste. Their crepe dish combining apple, pork belly, and old cheddar cheese is a delight with many clients. Their poached eggs are also well prepared and delicious. However, the sitting area is small and you will need to arrive early to be certain of getting seated.
2. The Manx
370 Elgin Street (613) 231-2070
The Manx is a classic do-it-all place as they offer dinner, lunch and pub services including draught beers, wines, and whiskies. Their brunch varieties come with zestful names that will whet your appetites and food that will sate your hunger. The Old Faithful consists of two eggs, hashbrowns and toast with a choice of peameal, bacon, sausage or fruit salad. Their Huevos Rancheros is well made comprising two eggs over easy with black bean mole, chipotle sauce, guacamole and cheddar on a corn tortilla. They also offer a vegan brunch menu.
3. Jak’s Kitchen
479 Bronson Avenue (613) 230-2088
It is a small restaurant smartly tucked away in Bronson Avenue, Centretown. On weekends, you should expect a considerable line during the brunching hours but you should not allow this to discourage you as waiting for a table is well worth it. They have a wide selection of bread including banana, rye, sourdough, rosemary focaccia and gluten free bread. Their omelets are also well made with familiar flavors and given a nice twist with the addition of vegetables, cheese, and other fruit additives.
4. Von’s Bistro
819 Bank Street (613) 233-3277
They have a nice sitting area on the patio and their carrot cake; served as starters instead of bread is a favorite among clients. They offer brunch on Saturdays and Sundays within the hours of 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. On their brunch menu, there is a wide variety including eggs to be made into desired styles, waffles, French toast, crepes stuffed with apples and cinnamons and omelets served with a choice of homefries, fruits or mixed greens. There is also a wide selection of sandwiches, wraps, salads and other extras.
5. Stoneface Dollys
416 Preston Street (613) 564-2222
Situated in a small neighborhood, this is a nice restaurant with a good brunch menu. They offer a full brunch service during the week between 7:30 am to 10:30 am. However, on weekends, the brunch is between 8:30 am to 2:30 pm with limited seating due to the higher demand. Some of the favorites on the menu include the scrambled feta which comprises 3 scrambled eggs made in a mix of green onions, tomato concasse and topped with feta cheese. There is also the Egg Benedict and Erika; homemade sausage patty.
6. Metropolitan Brasserie
700 Sussex Drive (613) 562-1160
This French and Canadian restaurant with bar options has a lovely atmosphere. You can enjoy your meal as you relax with the sweet music coming from the guitarist in the background. Its bistro décor is also a welcoming sight and there is a terrace sitting area on warm days. Their brunch menu is served on Saturdays and Sundays and on some select holidays between 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. They offer eggs as scrambled and omelets. They are renowned for their dynamic oyster bar which offers a nice variety including a shrimp cocktail.
7. Evoo Greek Kitchen
438 Preston Street (613) 695-3860
Its sleek and exquisite interior is pleasing to the eye and their Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian, and Gluten free options cater to individual gastronomy needs. Their brunch is scheduled for every Saturday and Sunday between 10:00 am to 2:30 pm. On the brunch plates, the home potatoes are a regular favorite among clients including the Zucchini and Feta eggs, Poached Eggs & Lamb and the Tsoureki French Toast. There is also an interesting variety of brunch cocktails including the Champagne Pops, Athens Ass, and Red Sangria Glass.
8. The SOCA Kitchen
93 Holland Avenue (Weekend brunch 10:30 – 1:00) (613) 695-9190
This restaurant is a blend of the Spanish and Latino culinary cultures. Their brunch menu comes with the small plates (Tapas) and larger brunch plates (Platos Fuertes de Desayuno) options. On the Tapas, you can have dynamic foods such as the Braised Octopus served with fingerling potatoes or the Duo Cochinita Tacos which is a tasty and spicy mix of pulled pork, habanero & pineapple hot sauce with pickled onions. They also have the delightful blueberry pancakes and Nutella on their larger plate brunch option.