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Odile
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Weekend Brunch at Odile
Weekend Brunch at Odile
Foods from Odile
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2012 Jun 3
I went to Odile this weekend with family and friends for breakfast and was glad to have tried it, but, truth be told, left a bit disappointed. On the strength of my feelings for Edgar and in light of the fact it's just opened and needs to find its groove, I'm sure I'll be back to give it another chance at some point. These guys are so pleasant and obviously in love with what they're doing.

However, the portion sizes are really small. Or perhaps I just eat a lot. (Ok, I eat a lot.) But my dish - the Forestier - had two poached eggs, two fiddleheads, 6 or 7 mushrooms (all but one were enokis, so tiny, and one slice from a larger variety), a couple of fingerling potatoes and a sprinkling of lardons. On the side were three very thin slices of baguette with particularly delicious wild garlic and herbs and arugula blended in oil. I don't know, maybe it's just me. But my local reference point for dishes like these would be Benny's and I never leave hungry at Benny's. Everything was very good - the poached eggs were perfect and the herbed oil and wild garlic especially so - but I just would have liked a bit more of it. My husband also left hungry and had the impression that the Dutch Baby currently on offer, with lemon curd and berries, was smaller than the apple and cheddar one he's had at Edgar before, but this might be because those fillings are decidedly more hearty. On a related note, we were brought complementary beignets at the end of our meal, which were incredibly good, but they only brought us 4. However, we were 5. Granted, one of us was a child, but the child ordered and ate a full meal too. This is just a quibble, really, as the items were a courtesy anyhow and so the restaurant's prerogative, but I thought it was a bit odd.

Their coffee was great, as were the London Fogs.

For those with mobility issues, the restaurant is very small. This makes it super charming but also very difficult to walk through when full (and loud). It seemed to me that there was one table too many in the space. Not sure if it was this way because of the rain.

2012 May 25
Odile opened last Saturday for weekend brunch. I went on the first day and I also went back for lunch on Thursday.

If you like Edgar, you will like Odile. It is more of Marysol's culinary creativity with local, seasonal foods. It is a fine dining in a boutique bistro way.

I had a poached egg dish on the Saturday and I had a seared halibut dish on Thursday. Both were superbly prepared and seasoned. And filling. No paninis here.

With fiddleheads in season, Marysol used them in both dishes. I was happy for that.

Where Edgar sat 11 people on high stools, Odile has mostly table seating at regular height. 14 seats. And then 6 high stools at the counter. I think there is 10 seats on the patio.

It is bright with large windows in this small space. You can see into the open kitchen.

At Odile's staff waits on the tables. No lining up at the counter to order, like you do at Edgar.

When the liquor license comes in, they will be doing dinner service too.

Similar hours to Edgar. Closed on Monday and Tuesday.

I did two posts of the two visits if you want to see some pics and read more.

Sunday brunch: ottawafood.blogspot.ca

Thursday lunch: ottawafood.blogspot.ca

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2012 Nov 21
Had a fantastic brunch here last Saturday. When we arrived around 10:30 we were surprised that we were able to pick from one of the approx. 10 tables for two (four of these were occupied) or one of the five seats at the counter against one of the walls. Although I’ve been wanting to eat here since it opened, we have been dreading the large line up that I figured would greet us so we were very happy to be seated right away.

The light coloured walls and floor accented with black and minimal décor in such a small space works well.

We loved the two dishes we tried (If I remember correctly there were a total of four options to pick from):
- Homemade bread, toasted and topped with herbed ricotta, scrambled eggs, a melange of mushrooms and lardons, a small bibb lettuce salad was the accompaniment on the side – absolutely incredible mixture of flavours
- A dutch baby which was covered in maple syrup and topped with pork belly, apple compote and large hunks of aged cheddar – wonderful combination of sweet and salty

The portion size was perfect, just the right amount – I didn’t start to get hungry again until late afternoon.

I look forward to a return visit.

2012 Sep 29
My wife opted for the Far Ouest:
Poached eggs, bbq pulled pork, grilled corn, potato hash with chorizo sausage, avocado.

This was very nicely done but the sweetness of the bbq sauce combined with the grilled corn kernels was a little too much for her taste. Anytime you see pulled pork on a menu, some sweetness is not a big surprise. It really comes down to personal preference. I tasted it and liked it but still preferred my dish.

My son loved his Dutch Baby -- a decadent cross between a pancake and a soufflé, smothered with apple compôte, doused with maple syrup, and topped with pork belly and aged cheddar!

2012 Sep 29
This is the wonderful, gorgeous, delicious Albert:
Poached eggs, duck confit, fingerlings, cheese curds, greens, Ste-Odile sauce.

Everything was as perfect as it sounds. ♥