I think anyone familiar with the Ottawa/Gatineau brunch scene knows Edgar, a 11-seat small restaurant located in Gatineau. It’s around 10-15 minutes drive from downtown Ottawa so a lot of people from Ottawa also visit there on the weekends for their famous brunch. W and I are no exception. In fact, we have been to Edgar 5-6 times in the last year and a half. A couple weeks ago we paid a visit again since W noticed they had a new dish out and it looks delicious! (Yes that is Chef Marysol Foucault herself in the middle with the pony tail, and yes that is the kitchen right there, it’s tiny!)
I still remember the first time W took me to Edgar, we were blown away by the quality of food, both visually and the taste. Their brunch menu consists of 3 dishes, 2 of them are more or less staples, where as the third dish gets changed up regularly. Since it is such a small restaurant, I recommend getting there right when they open, if not 5-10 minutes before, unless you enjoy a line up. We slept in (oops) and got there 10 minutes after they opened, and it was a 30-40 minutes wait! When we were finally seated, we were starving so we started with desserts (rebellious I know).
W ordered the Brioche with Dates and Bacon. As a bacon and dessert lover, it’s the best of both worlds! It was sweet from the dates and but the saltiness from the bacon balanced it out. It was good but we didn’t think it was very special.
I got the Benign with Banana and Chocolate Noisette. I liked the crunchy hazelnuts on top, and I love bananas. However, I find this to be a little to sweet for me so I switched with W. Again, it was good but we weren’t very impressed. We have found desserts to be so-so at Edgar in general, and we really think it’s selling point is the brunch dishes and their panini (which is part of their lunch menu).
I ordered the Dutch Baby with Apple, Maple Syrup, Cheddar Cheese, and Pork Belly, because I just can’t say no to a big chunk of pork belly! I have forgotten how sweet this dish was, with all the sugar and maple syrup. I feel like if you have a huge sweet tooth, you will love this dish. Each component of the dish was very well done, but it was just
a tad way too sweet for me when it’s all put together. The dutch baby was delicious, and the pork belly was cooked to perfection. However, it was just too sweet and heavy so I couldn’t finish it and ended up taking some of it home!
W ordered the new dish – Stuffed French Toast with Kale, Bacon and Poached Eggs. It didn’t look that fantastic when it was served, but when W cut it open and tried it, it’s easily the best dish we’ve had that day! The french toast was stuffed with spicy pancetta, roasted tomatoes, parmesan, havarti, goat cheese, and caramelized shallots. I normally am not a big fan of goat cheese but it worked so well! All the flavours worked in harmony and created a very flavourful brunch dish.
All in all, I think we are less wow-ed by the dishes we tried this time compared to the previous times we have been here. However, it is still one of the (if not the) best place for brunch in the Ottawa/Gatineau area. Services is also great, although seating is a little tight and be prepared to line up! They have a tiny outdoor area in warmer months which seats around 10-12 people, but in the winter, it’s only the 11 seats inside. In terms of parking, you can just park on the side streets on the weekend, we never had a problem with that!