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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
Fraser Café
Foods from Fraser Café

2013 Mar 19
Fish&Chips, go back for the lunch part of the brunch, and have the burger; best in town.

2013 Mar 18
Fish & Chips....Did you ask for more yogurt and fruit at the time?

2013 Mar 18
Went to Fraser Cafe for brunch last Saturday. We made a reservation, which was good as the place was packed. Their brunch menu is mostly breakfast, aside from also offering a burger and soup as more "lunch" options.
Service was attentive and we were all brought water immediately, as well as prompt refills on coffees.
My brother had the huervos rancheros which was delicious but seemed small - skimping on beans seems a little ridiculous given how cheap they are. Boyfriend had the breakfast sandwich - it was huge and really tasty looking. my parents both had the eggs benedict- apparantly the sauce was delicious, but the eggs were hard when they arrived at the table. I understand it must be difficult to deliver soft poached eggs in a busy restaurant- but this was a dissapointment. All of these dishes came with breakfast potatoes, which had a delicious sauce on them. The potatoes were very oily however- definitely not a low-cal dish.
All in all, their meals were on average - good sizes, clearly fresh ingredients and nice presentation. The biggest complaint was my meal - I had fruit yoghurt and granola. Essentially I was served a GIANT bowl of granola (imagine a large soup bowl) with a single dollop of yoghurt, and thinly sliced apple and pear decorating the outside of the plate - about the equivalent of quarter a fruit. By the time I had eaten the fruit and mixed as much as the yoghurt into the granola as possible I was left with about a cups worth of dry granola, which personally for me, wasnt worth eating without yoghurt. Essentially, calling this "fruit with yoghurt and granola" was a bit of a scam, a more accurate description would have been granola, with yoghurt and fruit for deocration...they again my meal was the cheapest at only 8$

I would definitely be interested in going back here for the regular lunch or dinner menu, but probably wouldnt go back for breakfast :)

2012 Jun 5
wandered over for lunch from work - didn't want to leave. The servers manage to be very efficient without being intrusive. The main Fraser Shrimp Laksaa was delicious as was the soup ... however what really hit my synapses was the dessert. Does contain nuts. As I sat there trying not to moan - a woman passed and commented that the 'sour cream ice-cream was also delicious' - guess I'll have to go back.

2012 Jan 24
I’ve got to hand it to those Fraser brothers – they do know how to make delicious food. I know I have gushed about this restaurant before but my supper the other night was simply marvellous and a cut above what you eat at the majority of Ottawa restaurants (sorry to say).

Since it was fairly early and we were not too hungry we decided to share an appetizer, a main and a dessert (although we didn’t “officially” share because then they put it on two plates and charge an extra $2 – this is my one minor complaint about this place – Wellington Gastropub for one happily splits all their menu items at no extra charge).

The appetizer we decided on was a roasted beet salad sprinkled with seeds and with a side dollop of cottage cheese (I think?) which seemed to have a hint of horseradish in it (maybe?) - a perfect accompaniment. The main was succulent slices of roasted duck, perfectly cooked, sitting atop a bed of baby bok choy and green beans, there was also a stack of roasted root vegetables with a cheesy sauce. Of course for desert we could not resist the doughnuts which always arrive warm, are covered in cinnamon and sugar and are served with a caramel apple sauce as well as a tiny cup of a chocolate and coffee mixture – fantastic!

I highly recommend dinner or lunch here.

2011 Oct 9
We switched our annual Thanksgiving brunch here for a change. Sad to say it was a disappointment. Started with the fruit smoothie of mango pear and raspberry that was pretty good. Then things just went downhill from there. I ordered the huevos rancheros two eggs on a slice of grilled bread with spiced black beans,feta and pickled red onions $13. I ordered a side of their house sausage since traditionally this dish comes with no meat. I do not think you could get any smaller size of eggs. They also missed the spice in the black beans with the salsa being quite flavorless. I do not mind child sized portions if the flavors are good but this dish needs an overhaul. This dish also came with a small salad hummm salad at 10 am needless to say it was not touched. The meatball called a sausage was a tad dry with a unpleasant spice to it. The dish was more of an art statement than a dish served in the style of the traditional large mid-morning fare on poor farms. I was thinking it may have a nice enchilada or tomatillo sauce but no luck. Of the six eating this morning the consensus was not to return here for brunch.

2011 Aug 21
Was out for a walk the other night and decided to drop in here which is not always a good idea at this super busy restaurant. We were lucky in that they were able to seat us at the bar (later in the evening the bar was full too and they were turning people away – this on a Wednesday night!).

Once you’ve eaten here it is easy to understand why this place is so popular – the food and service are top notch.

To start we shared the tomato salad which they split onto two plates (for a charge of $2, which I found a tad strange) - mixture of cucumbers, tomatoes and creamy goat cheese – delish.

Then we moved on to BBQ beef on a bed of sliced tomatoes & green beans with fries served with horseradish cream and the “kitchen’s choice” which they don’t tell you anything about until it arrives. That night it was duck breast with fresh peaches. Both dishes were superb.

We did have to wait quite a while for our mains to arrive but I was impressed that the observant bartender noticed this and filled up our wine glasses, on the house, because of the long wait.

We finished off the meal with an order of fresh doughnuts with caramel apple sauce – wonderful (only rivalled by the doughnuts at Wellington Gastropub)!

Overall, Fraser Café is a well rounded restaurant – they have really got the whole package. A magnificent evening.

2011 Mar 31
I'll second Lexy's comment on the coffee here, quite a disappointment after such an amazing burger lunch. Also, my friend has always been disappointed here; his huevos were not the greatest, especially presentation-wise, the mushy dark bread underneath, and all.

I stick to the burgers, and might pass on the coffee next time.

2011 Mar 30
*Thanks for the suggestion Pam*

We went to Fraser Cafe last weekend and both got the huevos rancheros and the donuts.

I REALLY like the interior of this spot - really cute! I also really appreciate the open concept kitchen. I love that. If I ever had a little restaurant it would look like Fraser Cafe for sure!

The service was great...but WHY DID OUR FOOD TAKE ALMOST AN HOUR?? As mentioned above we got the huevos rancheros - which was a delicious dish, but I expected it to be SUPER DUPER amazing. We had this mexican inspired breakfast in Vegas where it was PHENOMENAL (probably becuase they're closer to Mexico, right?)

I honestly didnt enjoy the donuts, they were dry :( Something a donut should never be. It also bugs me when restaurants charge Starbucks prices for their mediocre coffee :(

I really don't want to poo-poo my experience because OVERALL I had a great one...but the hype about this spot just isn't worthy (in my opinion.) I might go back, not holding grudges :)

2011 Mar 26
Did the walk in at fraser last night and luckily got one of the two tables designated. I say luckily because not 15 minutes later the place was at capacity turning people away. I noticed they had Kichesippi blond on tap and asked if I could have a taste before ordering one. Our server was happy to oblige. Hoppy with a distinct aroma. Have to get me some of that for home. We started with an app that doesn't appear on their online menu a goat cheese portabellini salad with hazelnuts that we split. My wife being the adventurous one had the chefs special which changes throughout the night. A pork schnitzel with pork tenderloin and a polenta cheese patty thingy fried up with some other ingredients. I don't remember the exact creation but it was definitely tasty. I had BBQ Beef & Fries horseradish cream/sliced tomato/green beans/jus. Loved the cut of steak flat iron probably the best cut on the cow IMO. One thing I did notice at capacity the kitchen fan could use more cfm's. Very cool place another patron heard us discussing the dessert menu and gave us the recommendation of the doughnuts and he was right. We also ordered the in house made chocolate ice cream. Mmmmmm chocolate my favorite!

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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




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.


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