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2010 Aug 24
Been several times - best place for finicky father but even he was pleased. Went with 2 girlfriends and sat on patio on a beautiful evening - poutine was shared but we all wanted more. Each ordered something different - fish, duck and lamb - all of us salivated and the table was very quiet. Service was good. Will go again after more adventures at other good locations.

2010 Aug 23
I had my first Murray Street experience this past weekend and was very pleased. After all the buzz I had heard about this place I had to try it.
We made reservations for 11 on Sunday for brunch. We arrived and our table was ready. Our waitress was very nice but somewhat quiet and uncertain. I got some grapefruit juice and it was very nice however I would have liked if they kept the pulp.
They offered us some complementary cakes/scones. The walnut apple bread was delicious but the chocolate chip scone and bread pudding were just average.
I ordered the morning hash which was made up of potatoes, red onions, corn and red cabbage. This was served with last night's special which was an in-house cured, maple glazed ham. A poached egg was served on top all this.
I was really happy with the hash. It was perfectly seasoned and the ham was delicious. The only problem I had was with the egg. I found it really didn't add much to the dish at all. Very little flavour. I think I would have preferred a fried egg rather then poached.
I am not really a brunch fan however I was very happy with the service and the food. The decor and presentation of the dishes was quite nice.I would definitely go back.

2010 Aug 21
I've been here a number of times for brunch and while I was happy to find a good place in the market, with a nice patio to boot, I've already tired of the novelty.

I must echo the comments made by many of the reviewers on the size of the portions. I'm not a big eater by any means, but no matter which brunch entree I choose, I'm still left hungry. It's great to have a $12 brunch menu, but I wouldn't mind paying $15 for a little more food!

I also find amusing how protective the servers seem to be over the amuse-bouches served at the beginning of the meal. The sweet morsel of cake or cookie they provide after you order is often wonderful, but too tiny to share with your dining companion, and comes with a cost if you ask for another.

I was also surprised to see the exact same menu the last three times I was there - with a change only to the morning hash item - and like Johanna, I made the unfortunate mistake of ordering the egg benedict, thinking you could never go wrong. Gosh, was it ever terrible. The corn bread was crumbly and dry and the bacon was mostly fat with dry strings of tasteless meat. The server made no comment about my mostly uneaten plate when she cleared it. I find the servers at Murray Street generally don't look or act very happy.

2010 Aug 20
The nice patio is really cute. It is worth having brunch there on a nice sunny day, although it is quite heavy for a breakfast meal.

2010 Aug 15
Finally paid a visit to the Murray Street Resto for brunch today, in part motivated by the rumour that they do proper cocktails.

First off I must echo the sentiment I've seen posted in many a review: way too little food for the prices they charge. For that reason alone I'll have to think twice about going back.

That said, the small portions were for the most part very, very tasty. My husband had the kielbassa sausage and poached egg on chai raisin bread french toast with garlic maple syrup and it was fantastic. I opted for the Egg (take note, singular, just one egg) Benedict on spicy corn bread with cheese sauce and the in-house Canadian bacon and the bacon was a total miss, completely dry, tough and stringy and unfortunately quite bland. I was starved at 2pm and the waiter forgot to bring us our amuse bouche of baked goods so I didn't think of sending it back. But, for the price and quantity I expected much better homemade bacon.

Still starving after our brunch, we ordered the smoked fish rillette and the headcheese which was basically a pork rillette made with the pig's head. The smoked fish was the clear winner and I could have had 2 orders. The headcheese was just good, it lacked enough seasoning so didn't pique the taste buds until you complimented it with mustard or chutney.

Lastly, we had a couple of cocktails to go with brunch and were very pleased: a Pimm's Cup and a Dark and Stormy. I talk about these more under the Mixology thread I started in the Forum, but suffice it to say that these were a great accompaniment to a lazy Sunday brunch.

Service: efficient and prompt but not particularly warm or friendly. Atmosphere: loved the decor and overall groove, hated the annoyingly loud hipster music. Leaving the bistro and looking at Sweetgrass next door, I realized that our expectations were very high but for what we spent today, I think we'd rather go back to Sweetgrass.

2010 Jul 31
I paid a visit to Murray Street on Tuesday for a friend's going-away party, my first time there for dinner. We were seated inside, a bit of a disappointment since their patio is amazing and it was a beautiful night, and I found the interior to be pretty loud, though also quite nice. The food did not disappoint though - I had the vegetarian entree, a chickpea "meatloaf" with mushroom gravy, smoked cheddar and all sorts of tasty roasted veggies, all served in a cast iron skillet. It was really great! Again, I am consistently impressed with the veg options at Ottawa's nicer restaurants, always fresh and often local ingredients cooked just right (nothing I could ever replicate at home!). The entree came with garlic scape "rings" (think onion rings, but scape-ier) and some kind of spicy aioli and a dilled cucumber chutney. I hope to see a menu rotation in the next little while so I can try whatever vegetarian creation the come up with next!

I also got a chance to munch on the charcuterie platter, which two of my friends decided to share but couldn't finish. There was a riopelle, a soft blue cheese (Tiger Blue) and a hard cheese (Winego? Wipenigo? something like that) all of which were super tasty. The vegetarian charcuterie was not so great though... the white bean pate was pretty bland, and the vegetarian terrine was downright gross (although, to be fair, I may just not have a refined enough palette to appreciate terrines). Served with pickled shallots, olives, and a few chutneys/jellies, which I didn't get a chance to try as my friends had gobbled them up with the bread right away (must have been good!).
It would be nice to get a smaller version with just 3 options (all cheese) instead of having to choose 2 "meat" options. Overall pretty stellar though!

2010 Jun 30
Holy Moly! We went to Murray Street for dinner and the tomato salads were interesting as well as the spatzle poutine. Nice taste but I need a heartier meal for the price. Please supersize me as the portions were TINY!

2010 Jun 22
"Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Hand-cut sour cream spaetzle, Le Coprin mushrooms, mixed artisan cheese sauce, extra old Pine River cheddar, bread crumbs"

I had to love this cause it had all of my favorite things: Spaetzle, Mushrooms and Cheese!!! Great lunch menu. I had a hard time deciding between this and the "Short Rib Rueben". Guess I'll just have to go back!

Sorry, picture isn't the best :-S

2010 Jun 22
Finally an awesome Mojito (Moe-he-toe as they call it). The online menu says that it's topped with "Cave Spring sparkling wine". The menu in the restaurant actually say sparkling water. What I got was with sparkling water. I was happy cause I was craving a no non-sense Mojito. It was fantastic.

2010 Jun 17
O....M.....G.....!!!!!

I think I'll need to seek help to stay away from this place. Attented the anniversary party last night and I was blown away with the tasty food and amazing service. I was dreaming of the monster duck wings all night.

I may have to go back tonight.

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2011 May 22
My girlfriend and I had the pleasure of eating at Murry Street kitchen for brunch this morning. There is nothing bad to say what so ever. This restaurant is funky, innovative, reasonable and delicious. The service is fast and friendly and although this is some of the best food in Ottawa, totally unpretentious.

After we had ordered our coffee (which was fantastic by the way), we were brought a salted ginger cookie and blondie. They were both super fresh and delicious. The blondie was particularly amazing. Yum!

2011 May 22
The food came surprisingly quickly. After sitting down, ordering coffee, then ordering our meal, getting the cookies, it took about 20 minutes since walking in the front door before we got our meal. *Impressive* Heck, Denny’s takes longer than that and all they are doing is throwing stuff on a flat grill.

I had the special of the day which was an Elk Keilbassa sandwich with a side of baked beans, and Amanda had waffles, scrambled eggs and sausage.

The Sandwich was very tasty. Beautiful rye bread coated in butter than toasted, topped with a fried egg, Elk Keilbassa (which I thought was more like a salami), grainy mustard, and some kind of green. Excellent sandwich. The beans were phenomenal. Sweet, hot, full of meat chunks and it was very rich. I’ve had some damn good baked beans in the Southern US, but these were pretty much the best baked beans I have ever eaten.

2011 May 22
The waffles, egg and sausage were equally good, however on a much sweeter end of the breakfast spectrum.

The first thing worth mentioning is the syrup. It was a really rich maple syrup infused with garlic and rosemary. Weird, and oh so amazing. It really worked well with the Egg, waffle and sausage. The waffle was generous in size, really fluffy, loaded with butter and there was a very noticeable hint of vanilla. The sausage was obviously pork, but it was so flavorful and it also had large chunks of garlic mixed with the meat. Now that is what I call a proper mince!

As freshfoodie below had mentioned, the price is a dollar more then it used to be, but the portions are a perfect size now. Again you will not leave Murry Street feeling like you ate an All American Gland Slam Breakfast, but you will leave full and satisfied. Sad to think that for a mere few dollars more than Zaks Diner you can have brunch/lunch at Murray

Great Service, Great Coffee, Great Sweets, Fantastic Meal...Fantastic Restaurant.

2010 Sep 9
From twitter.com/MurrayStreetKWC :

"New Brunch menu ...a buck more, but MUCH bigger portions...Track 06 is back , it's deep fried 'spam' hock on egg salad with hot sauce!!"

This should help with concerns about portion size. Looking forward to a revisit!

2010 Jun 19
Made it down to Murray Street with the BF and a couple of friends for brunch this morning, and it was stellar! We got a seat out on their patio which is totally gorgeous - I will have to make it out one evening for some cheese and wine, which also look excellent. We were treated to some sweets before the meal: 2 pieces of stout chocolate cake with ganache, a cheesey biscuit of some sort and a buttermilk (or sour cream?) strawberry scone, all of which were delicious. I got the fritztatta, which was tasty, but probably should have got the smoked fish that my friend ordered, which was halibut with asparagus today - definitely the winner meal. BF had the sausage that came with chai raisin bread french toast, and my other friend had the "track 06" which is different every day, todays was a double smoked ham sandwich of some sort. They have a great selection of local beers as well - I'm not normally a beer at brunch kind of gal, but I've wanted to try the Heritage lager for awhile now so I went for it. All in all, this place lives up to its reputation - can't wait to go back!

2010 Jun 13
This morning after Church I gave in once again and hit up Murry Street for Brunch.

They started me off with some kind of banana bread. It was perfectly moist, it had a ton of brown sugar, walnuts and a nice malt-y flavor.

2010 Jun 13
Today I went for the Steak and Eggs. Which is essentially a piece of smoked beef short rib on top of a fried egg and huge piece toast. The toast was perfectly crispy and topped with blue cheese butter. Amazing.

My only comment is that it is kind of small, and I found that the breakfast cassoulet was many times more filling. The steak albeit small (but what do you expect for 12 bucks), was out of this world. No steak knife necessary, it literally fell apart like butter and thus the butter knife was more that able to cut it up.

I ordered a tea with my meal, and it was a fantastic earl Grey. One word of caution, the coffee is 2.25 + unlimited refills. The tea is 3.50 for one pot. Not really sure the tea is worth 3.50, just some friendly advice.

Otherwise, the service today was excellent, friendly and attentive. The patio was beautiful, and the food was its standard top quality. This dish would be extremely easy to make at home, so I'll be copying this very soon. As for the amazing steak, not sure if I can duplicate the smoked beef short rib, but I'm sure any high quality steak would work.

2 down 5 to go :-)

2010 Jun 6
This morning I had the pleasure of having brunch at Murry Street Kitchen. What an awesome place!

The service was pretty decent - not outstanding in terms of friendliness - however it was prompt and there was nothing to complain about. I was started off with a very good coffee, and a complimentary molasses cookie. The coffee was strong, and the servers refilled my cup when ever they saw fit.

The cookie was pretty good - tasty at least, but it was a tad burnt on the underside. My girlfriend tells me molasses cookies are supposed to be burnt on the bottom?, and it was free, so meh, no complaints.

2010 Jun 6
For the main portion of my brunch I ordered the "Breakfast Cassoulet" which is described in the menu as: Confit of Mariposa duck leg, in-house sausage & bacon, molasses baked beans, bread crumbs, two cracked eggs.

It was served in a piping hot skillet. It was so hot in fact that my first bite burned my tongue a little bit. Over all it was pretty darn delicious, and for the 12$ price tag, I cannot complain. I got my been fix, my bacon fix, and my egg fix in a very interesting fashion.

I have a few comments about the dish. First I thought the beans were a little under done. Meaning that I found them hardish, and not as soft I like my baked beans. Not sure if this was a mistake or if they are intentionally a little bit hard.

The dish was nice and sweet providing a nice counter balance to the confit. At first I didn't notice any bacon, however after a couple of bites I noticed that there were liberal amounts of thick bite sized pieces. I must say, I didn't notice, taste or see any sausage, but maybe it was just a very little bit or finely crumbled.

The eggs were perfect, well done just as a like them. The yolk was still soft yet not runny. Perfect! They were topped with bread crumbs, and a few greens.

I would definitely have this dish again, however only after I had sampled everything else on the menu. That being said, I will definitely come to Murry Street kitchen in the near future for brunch. And to think in that in the past I have wasted money on breakfast at Zac's, Denny's and/or Cora's.

Highly Recommended!

2010 May 1
hmmmm...
hmmmm....
well....
what can I say?

wow!
inspired and inspiring!
bloody fantastic

had the steak and eggs
hard toss up between the cassoulet and the steak and egg

steak...errr....beef....obrien's farms' short rib
braised to a melt in your mouth tenderness

egg...beking farms...no words needed

true loaf bread...first time...awesome

blue cheese butter....perfect

12$ yea! I used the same concept last summer

10$ Chateau de Charmes Gerwurzt...nice pairing but 10$?

service...the Ozzie chap was very informative and well mannered
the blonde companion, always smiling and pleasant
the waitress that greeted us makes me wish she worked everywhere as it is rare to be greeted and seated so efficiently

all in all, two thumbs up
and I rarely give two thumbs up and made it a point to mention it to the Kitchen

now, for a nap
(brutal month with allergies and hectic work for April)

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2016 Mar 19
Came here for happy hour just before 5:30 and had a charcuterie plate of 3 meats and 2 cheeses for $25 and a glass of cab sauv.. The smoke duck breast is excellent and I and easily have 3 of them. Choose instead the country terrine and recommended kielbasa. They were decent but found out after from a different server the rillettes was duck and if I had known I would have ordered this rather than the terrine.

Both the Lankaaster aged Gouda and Celtics blue were excellent as well.

The accompaniments raisins with cumin, pickled onion, pickled carrots, soya infused celery root, grainy mustard, small dill pickles and cranberry sauce. The only one I did not care for is the raisin with cumin since the cumin tasted far too strong.

2010 Sep 25
It's very much worth starting your meal with a sampling of charcuterie! The Smoked Duck Breast was absolutely spectacular, tasting like a very delicate (and pork-free) version of Westphalian Ham. The Cendre de Lune cheese was also delicious, and paired beautifully with the red pepper jelly that accompanied it. The accoutrements were tasty and rounded out the whole experience. Highly recommended!

2010 Jan 20
We just went for our second meal here and we were not disappointed. We shared a 'Charcu-trio' of tongue, head cheese and marrow (the first and last being Elk, I think) and all three were delicious. For a main I had a pork shoulder confit with creamy cheese polenta, roast carrots tossed in maple syrup, pancetta broth and apple jelly. It was so rich and delicious I barely managed to finish all of it. My husband also had a lamb shoulder with smoked feta that was equally good. For dessert we had the 'smores, as well as the dried cherry cheesecake (again, both were perfect).
On top of how good the meal was, our waiter was great. He clearly knew the menu inside and out and was obviously enthusiastic about food, so it was good to get his recommendations on the menu and wine pairings. Overall, it was a great meal and worth every penny.




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2010 Jun 22
awesome Mojito great balance of sweet, sour and mint.




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2010 Sep 25
I had the tongue-in-cheek-named Mac 'n' Cheese, which is described on the menu as "sour cream spaetzle, Le Coprin mushrooms, mixed artisan cheese sauce, extra old Pine River cheddar, bread crumbs."

Tasty and satisfying to say the least! Also rich, but that's rarely a problem for me. I appreciated the accompanying salad, which was prepared with a fresh and light vinaigrette.




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2010 Sep 25
My brother very much enjoyed his Pulled Pork sandwich. The pork was flavourful and tender and the Art-Is-In multigrain baguette was of course excellent.




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2015 Mar 12
Recently we assembled a group of 8 and pre-ordered the pig's head at Murray Street Kitchen. If you do this, be prepared that you will be presented with a blackened pig head complete with snout, teeth etc., and a carving knife and fork. It is no small amount of work for someone who is not a butcher to carve up a pig's head, but it was tremendous fun and we each took a turn. Sample dialogue:
"God the skin is as tough as leather!"
"Hey, it IS leather!"
General consensus was that the cheeks were the tastiest parts, and the condiments served along with the meat were wonderful adjuncts.

The whole experience was tasty and a lot of fun. This is a great thing to do with a group of foodie friends, and I really think that as an appetizer it will serve more than 10 easily.