Sunday Brunch Buffet at Le Café
Sunday Brunch Buffet at Le Café
Le Café
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2009 Aug 23
Ate there twice in the recent past. The quality of the food exceeded by far our expectations (thus the second visit). Had the pickerel with lemon juice and butter each time. Best fish I have had in Ottawa, in years. The sevice is fabulous -- the servers are actually of legal drinking age, which is a nice change for Ottawa. Definitely a must try, even if it's not before or after a show at the NAC.

2008 Feb 15
Hubby and I went to Le Café for Valentines dinner and to see a show afterwards.
I will start by saying that the service was wonderful because hubby's cousin was our server, although the service has always been good when we go there anyways.
We started with cocktails: Kir Royale for me, beer for him.
We ordered from the Valentine's menu, but the regular menu was also available if you preferred that. The Valentine's menu included the app, the main and coffee or tea. Le Café never includes the dessert - I still find that a bit chintzy.

Appetizer: wild mushroom soup with crispy pancetta for me, salad with cranberries, pumpkin seeds and feta for him - both were good

Main Course: Me - Crab cake and tempura soft shell crab on a bed of mashed potatoes with roasted white and pink beets and asparagus ($35)

Him - chicken breast stuffed with goat cheese and pistachios served with exactly the same sides as above ($30)

Both of these were good as well but - not sure about the crab served with mashed potatoes, rice would have been better. Seems like they were cutting corners or lacking imagination a bit by serving the same sides with both dishes. Otherwise the food was hot, fresh and tasty.

We had a half litre of Rosemount Estate Diamond Label Sauvignon Blanc to share with dinner. (This was VERY expensive at $27.95) OUCH!

Dessert was a little disappointing. I ordered the special Valentine's dessert which was listed as a "flourless chocolate cake" served with champagne sorbet. I have had many a flourless chocolate cake and this one was definitely not one of them.
It had three layers of light and fluffy cake alternated with what tasted like a hazelnut mousse and was filled with nuts. Nothing special (plus I don’t like nuts but none were mentioned in the description otherwise I wouldn’t have ordered it) ($7)
The champagne sorbet was amazing.
Hubby had a dessert from the regular menu: Pecan sugar pie. This was better but there were way too many pecans so it made it very dry. It came with maple ice cream which was delish! ($?)
The cappuccino he ordered was also delicious and perfectly made.

All in all a good dinner in a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere with great service but the wine is WAY too expensive and the desserts need help.
Our total bill came to $160 including tax and tip.
Would probably go back in the right circumstances. This was just really convenient because we were going to the show and with the weather it was nice to park our car underground, leave our coats and boots in the car and be able to go and have dinner and see a show without having to leave the building. Makes for a really nice evening out.

2007 Feb 19
I went to Le Cafe for dinner the other night on a break. What a treat! I must be on a bit of a Cassoulet kick right now, so I tried their Winterlude Table d'hote. I started with the Mixed Winter Green Salad with Candied Pecans and Roasted Apples, with a creamy stilton vinaigrette. The salad was mostly frisee and the apples and pecans came through the mild stilton vinaigrette. It wasn’t drenched in dressing so everything kept its flavour nicely.

Then came the main course, Le Café’s Rendition of the Classic “Cassoulet”, a confit of duck (from Quebec), grilled saucisse de Toulouse and roast pork breast (from Ontario) and Sauvignon Blanc braised white beans with fresh tomatoes and herbs. Delicious! The confit was moist without being too greasy, the pork breast was perfectly cooked and the sausage was grilled, but not dry. The beans were delicious, full of tomato flavour and hint of basil maybe? I thoroughly enjoyed the meal with a Mission Hill Merlot.

Dessert was also excellent. A “Triple Tall” Parsnip Cake with Vanilla Cream Frosting. Oh my goodness. I love carrot cake, and this was similar, but different in a subtle way. Moist and delicious.

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2007 Feb 19
Then came the main course, Le Café’s Rendition of the Classic “Cassoulet”, a confit of duck (from Quebec), grilled saucisse de Toulouse and roast pork breast (from Ontario) and Sauvignon Blanc braised white beans with fresh tomatoes and herbs. Delicious! The confit was moist without being too greasy, the pork breast was perfectly cooked and the sausage was grilled, but not dry. The beans were delicious, full of tomato flavour and hint of basil maybe? I thoroughly enjoyed the meal with a Mission Hill Merlot.



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2012 Feb 16
Aside from the coffee, I found the macarons at the dessert table to be the most welcome surprise. All-you-can-eat *macarons*!!

The quality of all the desserts was a notch above what you would normally see at a buffet.

2012 Feb 16
As far as buffets go this is a pretty decent one. Selection is somewhat limited but the quality is relatively high, like a good cafeteria. You won't find some of the "traditional" things you might expect, like pancakes or a carvery station with roast beef and ham. But you will find some innovative combinations and Asian-influenced dishes.

And the coffee was absolutely spectacular!

2011 Feb 18
Brunch deal today
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2010 Jun 15
Was here on Sunday for the brunch buffet and could not have been more impressed. It helped that it was a beautifully sunny day and we were able to sit right beside the canal.

The food was excellent, I can't think of one dish that I was disappointed in; the list of items from the web site is exactly what was served at the brunch. Particular standouts for me included the lamb and the homemade perogies. Service was great and they were very attentive to our two-year old daughter and our calls for copious amounts of coffee refills.

For the two of us (under five are free), our total with tip and tax was $73. If I remember correctly, this works out to about $10/person cheaper than the Laurier and I would say they are very comparable, with the advantage going to Le Cafe on a bright sunny day.

We will definitely be back to enjoy again.

2009 Jul 27
Le Café now serves Sunday Brunch! (Starting July 26th) Their sample menu can be found here:
www.nac-cna.ca



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2011 Apr 18
New User 3740, I feel the need to say something because some of your comments leave me confused.

* Bacon being undercooked is a matter of taste unless it's raw. I like extra crispy but I rarely find that at buffets.
* Asian food looking scary does not sound like the problem is with the food.
* Desserts often have a glaze to preserve their freshness. This is normal and considered desirable. I bet they would have tasted nice.
* Roast beef *is* grey. Meat turns grey when cooked in the absence of nitrites.
* Sushi may be dry, but to describe it as "disgusting" doesn't really mean anything without more information.
* Are you honestly saying that the only vegetables in the salads were radishes and onions, or is that hyperbole?
* A plate of cheese to share with everyone else sounds quite normal for a buffet. There's usually a platter near the desserts with several cheeses and a garnish of real or fake grapes. You are expected to carve off little chunks of the cheeses and take them to your table on your own plate.
* You can't say "Bread? Barely." and expect that to mean something! :-)
* I'm sorry to hear that you vomited later that evening. You should call Le Café and let them know that this happened. There's no reason to think it was caused by the brunch food unless it happened to multiple customers.

2011 Apr 17
This is my first food review ever, normally I wouldn't bother but for what you are paying, people should be warned.

Went for brunch in April 2011 and had been looking forward to is based on the price. What a joke. The place is not well designed, the food tables are small, and the service was what you could call 'absent'. For the price $28+ you would expect to have tasty, well cooked food or a variety. Not so. The warm food was cold and the cold food was lukewarm and nasty looking. Trust me, I love to eat but was hard pressed to find something to eat after trying out the 'warm' breakfast items. The bacon was undercooked and greasy, the asian food looked scary, and the desserts all had a slimey/sticky glazed over cover.

The line ups are long because people are waiting for the trays to be filled up again. The roast beef was grey and the sushi was dry and disgusting. The smoked salmon was too fishy and not enough smokey. The salads lacked vegetables. Come on, put something out other than seeds, radishes, and onions. You had to hunt down servers to get coffee refills and the overall lack of anything other to drink at your disposal other than tap water was unfortunate. Cheese? Forget about it. There is a plate of it to share with everyone else. Bread? Barely. The fruit salad was lame and soggy. They looked like frozen fruit (mostly melon variety) that had been sitting out over night.

Short and sweet of it is...save your money and eat elsewhere. The atmosphere is lacking plus there was dropped food all over the floor and the price is overpriced for underwhelming food. $30 and time I wish I could have back! And, I eventually puked what I could find to eat up by the end of the evening...it was making me sick.