This past Friday, Jenn and I had the pleasure of meeting Vicky (@momwhoruns), blogger for the Urban Mom’s blog and foodie. The “Not So Supermom” (but could have fooled us!) was visiting Ottawa for meetings, one with Costco and another with Farm Boy. She, an Ottawa ex-pat who makes her home in Toronto, we tweet quite the bit about the many foodie splendours her city has to offer. Before she arrived, we arranged a tweet-up for breakfast at Jak’s Kitchen (479 Bronson Avenue), one of Ottawa’s locally-owned restaurants, known for it weekend brunches.
After some pleasant discussion about food, blogging, some of Ottawa’s better purveyors of pho, coffee, sushi, and the state of Chinatown post T&T, we tested Jak’s reputation for serving our fair city’s “best Eggs Benny.”
Well, Jak’s has a list of Eggs Benedict dishes, one shorter than the Lieutenant’s Pump on Elgin (361).
The two Eggs Bennies Vicky and I ordered were nonetheless impressive.
Mine, the Don Francisco ($10), comes on black bean cakes with corn sofrito and a red pepper coulis.
Accompanying sides included deep fried freshly cut potatoes and a fresh salad, lightly dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette.
The black bean cakes were crusted on a flat top and provided an earthy alternative to English muffins. The corn softrito was made with frozen corn and sweated celery and onion. It provided savoury flavours and some texture. The red pepper coulis provided sweetness and brightness.
The eggs were well poached so the whites were set and and the yolks, still runny.
Vicky’s, the Michelangelo ($10), comes on rosemary foccacia with capicolo ham and basil cream sauce.
Accompanying sides included the fried potatoes and a cup of fresh fruit.
Jenn ordered a Balderson omelette, sans cheese. It comes with sauteed sliced mushrooms, chopped shallots and chopped bacon.
Accompanying sides included a buttery freshly made biscuit and a cup of fresh fruit.
What surprised me were the condiments. The jam tasted like it was made and jarred in-house, naturally fruity sweet, neither metallic nor artificially sweet. There was also a nice hot pepper sauce called “Shania”, made by local Chamomile Desjardins.
Total: $27.12 (before taxes, including tea and coffee).
Vicky, Jenn and I enjoyed our breakfasts very much. The food was great and so was the company.
Would Jenn and I return to Jak’s Kitchen? For brunch, absolutely! Given the specials we saw that day, we want to try its lunch too.
However, with Jak’s Kitchen only having less than 2 dozen seats available, we suggest visiting in small groups.
Update: Vicky blogged a quick mention of our encounter on Urban Mom’s.