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Two more from Domus. Seasonal cusine, cozy, clean and friendly.

Fraser Café
Fraser Café
Fraser Café
Fraser Café
Fraser Café
Fraser Café
Fraser Café
Fraser Café
Fraser Café
Fraser Café
Fraser Café
Fraser Café
Beer-battered Haddock at Fraser Café
Fraser Café
Scrambled Eggs at Fraser Café
Fried Eggs at Fraser Café
Fraser Café
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Foods from Fraser Café

2011 Mar 23
If there's a 'chef's choice' option for brunch, go for it, because for dinner it is DA BOMB.

2011 Mar 22
And these are my pancakes. Now, I NEVER order pancakes while out for brunch because it's virtually impossible to get good pancakes. However, all of the other menu items had eggs, or were a cheeseburger, and I had already had an egg sandwich for breakfast and wasn't feeling terribly hungry. ANYWAY. These pancakes were freaking perfect. Just the right fluffiness without being soggy (I find pancakes are either chewy/tough or too light and "wet").

The service was pretty good, I mean he refilled my tea three times (I had a cold/sore throat and sorely needed it), but he also poured hot tea water on me at one point while fumbling with two tea pots! The place was hopping and the food was fantastic though, so I can forgive and forget :)

2011 Mar 22
Hey Lexxxy, we were at Fraser Cafe for brunch on Sunday too :) Fantastic food! Here's my friend's order - the huevos rancheros - which she said was AWESOME!!!!

2011 Mar 17
Just made reservations for brunch on Saturday - any suggestion?? I'm very excited! Hope all the hype about this spot reveals to be true! :D

2011 Jan 20
I enjoyed another great meal at the Fraser Cafe last night. It was really nice to get a table by chance without a reservation.

Given the ongoing popularity of this superb Beechwood Village restaurant, I was not surprised to learn that the restaurant is expanding. According to our waiter, the former convenience store next door is to be transformed into Fraser Cafe event space over the course of the next several months. Apparently the lease has been signed but the concept for the new space is still in development.

I'm excited about the ongoing improvements to the Beechwood Village food scene.

2010 Oct 31
Fraser Cafe is my favourite restaurant in Ottawa. So I thought I would send them some questions and see if they might reply. And the DID! Ross Fraser wrote me back answering the questions I sent!

Here is one of the questions that I asked.

1. How did you come up with the idea to have a Chef’s Choice on the supper menu?

It started at our our original location, (27 seats on Putman Ave.) we thought that would have the time to cater an individual meal to each guest should they choose to give us guidance or ideas etc... but that quickly became impossible due to the great support of the neighbourhood/guests that it evolved to become 'kitchen's choice' (with no modifications) It allows us to have a great selection and rotation of ingredients, and is often more than 50% of our total orders.

If you want to see the rest check out my blog www.adventuresofanottawafoodie.wordpress.com (Sorry for only posting an excerpt, most of the time I post the whole post, just not for this one!)

2010 Oct 5
I have now been to Fraser Cafe for all three meals! The next goal is to go for all three meals in one day! This place is by far my favourite restaurant in Ottawa! (Pictured Panko crusted pork on top of miso soup) (If you get a chance check out my blog adventuresofanottawafoodie.wordpress.com, for all my Fraser Cafe adventures!)

2010 Oct 5
Lunch at Fraser Cafe. (fresh pasta)

2010 Aug 25
Went here last night for an impromptu dinner. We were quickly seated in the quiet restaurant (it was 545).
I ordered the kitchen's choice appetizer. For those of you who don't know (you should), the kitchen's choice app is basically just something the chef makes up. You don't know what you're getting until its infront of you. I ended up with BBQ quail with coleslaw and cornbread. I have never had quail before and I was pleasantly greeted by it. It had a nice flavour but probably could have been butchered/presented more practically. The coleslaw was insanely good. And I hate coleslaw. And the corbread was as good as cornbread gets (really good).
For my main I ordered the lamb sirloin and sausage with carrot, squash, corn and a nice surprise falafel. The lamb sirloin and sausage were super tasty. The sirloin wasn't too gamey and was maybe a little overcooked. And the sausage(it was kind of like a mini burger) had a nice simple, herby taste to it. The squash puree was really clean and fragrant. The falafel was really nice and had the signature fragrance that comes with any good falafel. I guess this was some kind of moroccan/middle eastern inspired dish and all in all it was very well done.
The only bad thing that I could say would be about the presentation. I found sort of the same issue with my app and main. Although it looks very pretty its almost as if they just pile stuff on a plate. I'll mention again that it looked really nice, I just found it wasn't all that practical to eat.
I finished my meal with their doughnuts. There really isn't much to say about them except they are awesome. They come with a nice apple compote type thing, chocolate pot de creme and a strawberry coulis. Dipping the doughnut in the pot de creme was about as close to heaven you can get without actually going to heaven.
Altogether, the food was delicious the service was friendly and helpful. Almost as good as it gets for a nice relaxed dinner experience. Highly reccomended

2010 Aug 1
For a while, Fraser Cafe was our last hope for a brunch in Ottawa that combines good food with great ambiance. But after the last of many recent lacklustre experiences at this establishment, we'll be driving to Montreal for brunch instead.

Combine an inordinate amount of time spent waiting for entrees to arrive, even during slow periods; then waiting again for them to be redone when the kitchen makes a mistake; neglectful service and food that ends up not being worth the wait when it appears, with no word of apology or how to make it up. This has happened consistently the last three times.

Today we had to flag down our waitress to order coffee and water, then we had to flag her down again when the sugar bowl she brought to our table was discovered to be a few grains short of empty ("I knew you guys would run out", she exclaimed triumphantly) and my cup was filthy inside, which she tried to argue with me was not dirt, but merely a stain. She didn't say anything when I rubbed off the dirt with my finger in front of her.

Keep in mind the restaurant was half-empty and the waitress was not overly busy.

We ordered eggs benedict and yogurt pancakes and indicated we would be sharing them. They arrived after a long delay, the eggs cold and completely hard-boiled in consistency and the pancakes doughy and tasteless. I had to get up and walk across the restaurant to ask the guy at the bar for a sharing plate. The hot sauce we asked for our potatoes never appeared and we didn't get the coffee refills either.

Our seats by the open window allowed us to enjoy a pleasant breeze, until I looked over at the absolutely filthy windowsill that begged to be wiped down of the half-dead insects clinging to it. Call me picky, call me old-fashioned, but it just makes me wonder about the state of the kitchen.

Too bad, because the open space, the decor and the crowd at Fraser Cafe are just what I'm looking for in a regular Sunday morning hangout. I find that the breakfast places in Ottawa have yet to nail down the combination of fresh food, decent portions, good ambiance and attentive service that does not seem to be so elusive in Montreal.

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2008 Jun 16
This is what my partner ordered. It was served with their house sausage, potatoes, and mushrooms with worcestershire sauce. Details to follow with my dish, the same but with scrambled eggs...



2010 May 15
I get that it has become popular to make creamy scrambled eggs (largely on account of Mr. Gordon Ramsay), but why did my eggs taste like cream?

These eggs didn't taste egg-like at all. While I was pleased that for an extra $2, they let us share the eggs, but added extra food to the plate (we each got a sausage patty and a tomato), it was too complicated a compostion to actually enjoy.

As foodlover's photo shows, the scrambled eggs are more like a decontructed omlette. The sausage was drearily dry, although well flavoured. With our plate came a sauce, which the waitress said was comprised of chow-chow and tomatoes. It would have been good on ribs, but it made everything taste like French salad dressing.

The thing is, if you don't like tomatoes, you're out of luck, because the sauce is on everything; it's like they plated it on top of the sauce. Even if you do, it's overpowering.

This was far too complicated an execution of what could have been a really good standard brunch.

2008 Jun 16
Here is my DELICIOUS breakfast...scrambled eggs with cheese curds, potatoes, mushrooms in worcestershire sauce, and the amazing house sausage. At first I thought it was a small order and that I'd leave hungry but it was properly portioned, leaving me feel full and not stuffed. Every little thing was flavoured to perfection. The house sausage was so fresh and flavourful, we both couldn't stop talking about it all day....and we RARELY eat meat. The fried egg breakfast my partner ordered was exactly the same as mine so of course, equally as delish. I almost wish there was more selection to choose from so that next time I could try something else! I'll save next time for dinner instead :)

2008 Jul 16
I just had dinner at Fraser Cafe and it was on par with my dinner I had at Jean-Georges in New York City!!

I had a wild sockeye salmon app with bacon, chanterelles, potato, young watercress and a cucumber dressing. Between our dishes one of the chefs sent over a small taste of foie gras which was perfectly cooked and host to some wonderful flavours, with the 'jam' and pickeld apples and beets. For my main I chose the scallops with seasonal veg and the most delicious parsnip puree I've ever eaten. It was all of the best things about parsnip and absolutely silken. The cherry tomatoes were a sweet addition to the plate as well as the crispy polenta 'croquette'
For dessert I had the chilled vanilla rice pudding with chocolate mousse, crispy slivers of coconut and pineapple. Plump, homey vanilla pudding, spiked with chunks of prime pineapple delivered a knockout punch

Our server, Laura, was so sweet and sincere. She was never too rushed,completely professional and completed my first of MANY dining experiences to come at Fraser Cafe.



2010 Dec 11
We had a fantastic brunch here this weekend on our first visit. The food was super fresh, well portioned and spiced to perfection.

I had Eggs Benedict which turned out to be the best Eggs Benedict I have ever had. Definitely worth the few extra dollars compared to a more traditional breakfast place. The addition of a fresh tomato to the Eggs Benedict rounded out the dish perfectly. The home fries were astounding, with a few different flavours (dill, cheese, tomato and something sweet which I couldn't figure out). The fresh green salad was also a nice touch.

My girlfriend had the Huevos Rancheros which was also delicious, although not quite as awesome as my dish. All ingredients were fresh and prepared well.

It is a bit pricier than your typical greasy spoon brunch place but the quality and flavour make it more than worth it.

2010 May 15
Disappointing, really. I wanted to like it and I wanted for my husband to like it. I enjoyed it, but I wasn't amazed by it. My husband didn't say much through the meal, but for all the wrong reasons.

We asked about the donughts as a dessert, and the waitress suggested ordering the meal sized portion to split. We did this, but considered spliting another dish so that a) we wouldn't be too full and b) brunch would come in under $50.

We split the Scrambled Eggs, which I wasn't impressed with.

The donughts were really quite tasty, but I think that had as much to do with the freshness as anything else. The maple syrup was a nice touch, but the caramel apple compote was too sweet and it was served cold resulting in this weird hot/cold donught.

I'll be back for lunch, but the brunch left me underwhelmed.

2010 Feb 19
A lot has been said about this place so I will keep it short. I was thrilled with my experience at Fraser cafe this past weekend, the service was pleasant and attentive (even with an energetic one year old at the table!), the atmosphere at the new location was warm and the food was great as usual.

I also had the burger and I totally second nickfoodies comments, in addition, I will add that even the bun is made fresh in house (being totally blown away after finishing I had to know all about it and the server was happy to inform me that absolutely everything was made in house, two big thumbs up!) My only comment would be that the fries could have been salted a bit more, but other than that a really great meal.

For Dessert we tried the doughnuts and ice cream as well as the lemon cake and both arrived piping hot, a nice treat on a cold winter morning!

2010 Feb 18
Excellent bacon cheeseburger on the Brunch menu. Delicious, perfectly fried double-smoked bacon and pretty aged cheddar, with a sweet mayo sauce, garnished with tomato and greens. Great fries too, fresh, thick cut. Nice salad with a variety of greens. At $13 a great deal, very filling. Washed down with a pint of Beau's and I'm a happy man.

This is my favourite burger in town

2009 Jun 5
A notch or two above fish 'n chips, and it tasted as good as it looked!