I finally went to Oz Cafe on Wednesday, with my amazing mother. I was impressed with their menu selection, especially the amount of local, farm-raised beef. Both of us ordered the Korean beef lettuce wraps, served with homemade Kimchi, hot sauce and carrot and cabbage “Korean coleslaw”.
The wraps were served with boston lettuce, rather than the traditional romaine or iceberg, and I found them to be many times better at holding the filling while adding a subtle sweet and buttery texture.
The beef was cooked medium rare and was absolutely succulent combined with the sweet and spicy kimchee. I highly recommend a visit. I think I might go again tomorrow!
I went for brunch today at Maxwell’s Bistro on Elgin Street. They serve brunch seven days a week; until 11am Monday through Friday, which is great for late sleepers. I ordered the eggs Benedict with smoked salmon (they also offer ham and/or spinach). I kindly asked the server to remove the bun and to serve the dish with a side salad, rather than potatoes. Restaurants are generally accommodating when you have special requests, and I found Maxwell’s to be particularly so! I will be back for more paleo and gluten-free goodness.
I went to Moonroom after work last night with a few friends. It’s one of the few places in Ottawa that has an upscale yet cozy and intimate feel.
I ordered a half litre of the Malbec … I really love red wine. My friends and I shared the bacon wrapped olives (an absolute must try), the spiced almonds, a few el diablo eggs, and a prosciutto pear lolly.
I was more than pleasantly surprised at all the paleo friendly snacks available. I will definitely be back! In fact, this will probably become a regular hangout spot.
I decided to check out Baker Street Cafe yesterday. I was craving brunch and it’s one of the few places that serves brunch weekdays until 2pm.
My sister and I ordered generously portioned dishes and sat waiting patiently with our steaming cups of coffee; they even leave the coffee pot on the table for easy refills. I ordered the eggs Benedict with smoked salmon, and added extra spinach, without the bun of course, and eggs poached medium.
The food arrived 15 minutes after we ordered, which was a pleasant surprise because of the signs around the restaurant warning customers of long wait times. My eggs were done to perfection, with firm whites and soft runny yolks.
The smoked salmon, egg and spinach mixture was delicious with the house made Bernaise sauce and capers. I enjoyed a few of the pan fried potatoes mixed with peppers and onions.
One of the highlights of brunch at Baker Street is the generous portion of fresh fruit served alongside your main dish. Mmm, I will definitely be back to try out some more Paleo-friendly dishes!