Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tucked in New Edinburgh area, find Beechwood Gastropub. It used to be the former spot of Michael Farber's  Farbs Kitchen & Wine Bar. He is now the executive chef at the Black Cat Bistro. This review is only for their brunch. I went with my friends V&W, they had a superb experience for dinner that they wanted to try out their brunch.

The menu has some attractive items that will sure draw the crowd. Although the portions are small, the pricing is reasonable. The food is simple and straightforward, no sophisticated techniques are involved.

We had the pork schnitzel served on a bed of molasses beer baked beans topped with a spiced sunny-side egg. Schnitzel is pork pounded thinly, coated with flour, egg and bread crumb, then pan-fried. It has a nice crispy texture. The pork needed a touch more seasonings. The baked beans have a unique sweetness from the molasses beer. The waiter said that the egg was spiced with togarashi (a Japanese spice). I didn't taste any hint of it. We opted for their fries which are what they are famous for. It's one of the best fries I had in the city. What makes them special is that once out of the fryer, they are finished with a dollop of onion butter. They are simply addictive to eat.

Pork Schnitzel, Molasses Beer Baked Bean, Tomato and Spiced Egg with Onion Butter Fries
We also opted for the braised beef short ribs. It was tender, fall-off-the-bone meat. It is served with mushrooms and roasted tomatoes. The beef jus is rich and creamy, it has great depth of flavours. It is topped with a poached egg and perfectly made hollandaise sauce. Originally, the egg was cooked to medium, we had to ask our waiter to prepare a runny poached egg which they have done successful. A nice hearty dish!
Braised Beef Short Ribs, Poached Eggs, Hollandaise Sauce, Mushrooms, Roasted Tomatoes, Beef Jus
We also had the French toast - crispy thin bread with maple syrup, cinnamon sugar and soft, flavourful caramelized apples. Simple classic flavours on a plate. It comes with a side of crispy potato hash.

French Toast, Cinnamon-Sugar and Caramelized Apples
Finally, we ended our meal with apple fritters. I was excited to try them out. It's like an apple pie packed inside a doughnut. They are coated with cinnamon-sugar served with a ginger-apple butter. They are warm, crisp and pillowy. The butter provides great flavours of ginger and apple. We wish there were more of this butter. We ordered a scoop of vanilla ice cream to give a contrast of temperature.

Apple Fritters, Ginger-Apple Butter and Vanilla Ice Cream
Overall, brunch at Beechwood Gastropub was quite satisfying. Simple food, simple flavours. I'm curious to try out their dinner menu as the pricing is similar to brunch. It has many dishes that I want to try out. Definitely worth a revisit!

Beechwood Gastropub
18 Beechwood Avenue
Ottawa, ON
K1M 2H9
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