Saturday, June 13, 2015

Good Eats - Pakistan Food

Good East, not to be confused with Alton Brown's first TV show, took over the former location of Scone Witch in Downtown Ottawa. The menu is a mix of cuisines put together into one piece of paper. It has some Middle-Eastern influences. This is partly due to the chef spending few years in Islamabad, Pakistan. I noticed that it is not common to see Middle-Eastern dishes for brunch in Ottawa. The menu changes weekly focusing on fresh nourishing food.

It has become a routine for me to dine with my fans and friends V&W every Saturday to explore recent restaurant openings in Ottawa. 

The food is good, but not outstanding. I might be biased in this review because I'm a person who loves bold, contrasting flavors. We started off with a mango lassi. A popular drink in Pakistan made with ripe mangoes and yogourt. It's thick and creamy with lots of mango flavours.

V&W had the scrambled eggs sprinkled with a dash of dukkah (a Middle-Eastern spice mix) with grilled haloumi and a side of potatoes. The salty nature of the haloumi works well with the scrambled eggs. I prefer to have the eggs creamier, mixed with the dukkah.
Dukkah Scrambled Eggs - Egyptian Spice Ottawa
Mid-East Eggs with Dukkah and Grilled Haloumi
The mushroom melt sandwich comes with sauteed cremini mushrooms and Gruyere cheese. The cremini mushrooms were properly cooked, but it feels that it needed something more flavours. 

Mushroom Melt - Restaurant Downtown Ottawa
Mushroom Melt - Grilled Rosemary Mushrooms, and Gruyere Cheese
The shakshuka is a classic Middle-Eastern dish which consists of eggs poached in tomato sauce. Having the tomato smoked provides a nice addition of flavours. All the dishes come with a side of arugula salad. We agree that the salad was overdressed making the arugula soggy when the order arrived at our table.
Shakshuka - Mediterranean Food Ottawa
Shakshuka with Smoky Tomato Sauce and Chorizo
Mango Lassi - Middle-East Food
Mango Lassi
If you're looking for fresh wholesome food for lunch around downtown Ottawa, Good Eats is definitely a place to try out. They also organize a monthly wine tasting event. And occasionally, they invite the owner of Cardamon & Cloves to provide demos on spices at their restaurant. 

Good Eats Ottawa
388 Albert St.
Ottawa, ON
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