Stoneface Dolly's
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Eggs Benedict at Stoneface Dolly's
Eggs Benedict at Stoneface Dolly's
Weekend Brunch at Stoneface Dolly's
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Weekend Brunch at Stoneface Dolly's
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Comments

2008 Dec 4
I had heard good things about SFD and was very excited to try it out. SFD is a bistro with an open kitchen on Preston. The décor is modern and assuming and also quite cozy. I am currently vegetarian which makes selecting off the menu quite easy.

I ordered the Black Bean Penne (with grilled portabellos and red peppers). The dish is listed as a House Specialty. I wasn't too impressed as I found it a bit too rich and oily. For some reason, I had expected something different because when I read "black bean", I automatically thought of the dish in the sense of latin food, not asian flavours. Silly me. One friend ordered the Tofu Bobotie (a South African dish with raisins and curry), and another the Jambalaya. The Bobotie was quite sweet (not enough of a sweet/savoury balance on the plate) but I was told the Jambalaya was very good.

When the waitress came to clear the table and ask how things were, I indicated the penne wasn't that good -- too oily. She felt so bad and apologized profusely. Very sweet of her but completely unnecessary. She went further to give me a complimentary dessert. We chose the Chocolate Oblivion (very dense and chocolately) -- definitely ideal for sharing!

Overall SFD was a very pleasant dining experience and I would go again . The atmosphere is really nice. The service was really good -- our waitress was really such a sweetheart who went out of her way. On her own accord, she gave me a complimentary dessert and removed the caesar from my bill. As for the food, I am very willing to try other samplings on their menu.

2008 Sep 25
One of my favorite breaky places. Always consistent food and solid service. I am generally predictable and order the Eggs Benedict with their molasses bread (as a side). Does me for the day. Weekends are crazy busy.

2008 Apr 10
Went there last nite with my boyfriend.
Not busy compare to their bunch/lunch time.

We ordered Red Thai soup for sharing; the taste of coconut milk is so delicious!!
I managed to ask the waitress if we could have their homemade brown molasses bread (the one they served in brunch) in stead of the regular homemade foccaccia bread, and she said no problem!
For the main courses, I had Trapenese penne in a tomato based sauce with some veggies and parmesan cheese, noodle is well cooked, and sauce is tasty too.
My boyfriend ordered double bone pork chop with risotto rice cake and salad, meat was tender and juicy, He specially likes their home made dipping sauce – called “Mongolian”, tastes like some Asian spices cooking sauce.

Great experience overall.
By the way, they had large selection of dessert, look like all home made, but we skipped, I ended up having gelato at Pure on Elgin Street!


2007 Dec 2
We came here for dinner with friends and had a good time. Our expectations were low because of an underwhelming experience at the Bronson location several years ago.

Other reviews (on RestaurantThing) complained about high prices, but we did not find this to be the case. Prices are on par with medium-high end big box chains (somewhere between Kelsey's and Milestones). Food quality was generally better than those chains.

Service was quite friendly and competent, except that a few water glasses went dry for some time. Extreme politeness (every "thank you" was received with a "you're welcome") was contrasted with a sort of awkward quirkiness (checking the menu for the word "cambozola" while telling us about the specials, then adding "I can never remember that word.") Awkward quirkiness is something that doesn't bother me though. Perhaps because I identify with it.

The Spicy Red Thai Soup was very good and chock full of veggies (eggplant, peppers, onions). Not spicy by Thai standards, but perfect for an Italian fusion restaurant like this. The bread was quite awesome (in size, but quality too), and was great for dunking in the soup.

The Rosemary Gorgonzola Fettucine were quite delicious. I opted for the no-meat version ($12.50) because it sounded quite rich. And rich it was, but unfortunately it seems that they serve *less* pasta with their rich sauces, meaning I was left with a puddle in the bottom of my plate. It was too rich to eat like soup and I'd finished my bread, so I had to leave it. Wifey's Black Bean cream sauce penne were similarly good. A friend's (non-cream) Trapenese Penne were served in significantly larger quantity. Price good, taste good, but what's with the skimpy creamy pastas?

Desserts are made in house and the list changes based on what's available. Our server recommended the Chocolate Oblivion Cake, which my wife ordered. It turned out to be not that great -- more sugary than chocolatey and just sort of heavy. We're pretty snobby about chocolate cake though. :-) My Coconut Cream Pie was awesome, with a wonderfully tasty and flaky crust. Lots of whipped cream too.

2007 May 16
brown molasses french toast with maple syrup and fresh fruit.

2007 May 16
stoneface dolly's is a place for excellent taste and value for breakie. the place is always packed and that is a good sign. the service was courteous and your sufficiency will be satisfied.

2 eggs, hash browns, delicious home made brown molasses breat and farmer's sausage.

2007 Mar 17
I love going here for lunch. It is always delicious and the service is great. I've been once for breakfast and my omelette was much too greasy (and sort of burnt) but I would give it another try. We've also tried to go for dinner once, but did not have reservations so ended up sitting in the window on some uncomfortable stools. I tried the calamari (which is not breaded and deep-fried, but grilled (I think) and fanned out across salad greens) and hated it. I could smell the fishy calamari smell a mile away, and the texture was rubbery on the outside and slimy on the inside. I do not think it was fresh and could only eat one bite but to be fair to Stoneface Dolly's it was my first time trying calamari that was not deep-fried. Perhaps I simply do not like it. Will try again at a different venue some other time. All in all, I do love Stoneface Dolly's! The Chicken Babosie burger is to die for.

2007 Jan 16
I love the Preston Street location for brunch. I think they serve the same menu as Bronson for all meals but there are more tables here and the sun shines in if you are sitting against the window overlooking Aberdeen street around 11-12. Perfect on a Sunday. Just watch out for the crowds. The word is out and it's busy.

The lemon diablo sauce on the eggs benny is killer (it is similar to Hollandaise but better). I always order it or the Florentine so I can't comment on the rest of the dishes.

I've also had one dinner here. The atmosphere at night is dark and moody. The only thing is it is noisy if you are not in the back nook.

Otherwise the experience was good. For some reason though, I like the Bronson St. location for dinner better. Maybe I'm just spreading the wealth around?!

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2013 Dec 29
After not having been here for brunch in a while, hubs and I took the opportunity to come on our date week-end as my daughter was at my parents. Again, we were happily satiated by our favourite breakfast in town. I had the Omelette #1 (pictured) a classic as far as I am concerned at SFD: pesto, roasted red pepper, choice of Gorgonzola, Brie or Goat cheese, and mushrooms with a side of greens with balsamic vinaigrette, their breakfast potatoes (my fav in town perhaps except when The Big Rig randomly does good potatoes when they do not serve the deep fried commercial ones) and a huge slice of their own made molasses bread! I was greedy and ordered a side of sausages which was very good but I couldn't finish everything as it was a lot of food!

Hubs ordered the smoked salmon and spinach omelette and loved it too.

I have to come here more often. Service is friendly and refills on coffee and tea are always offered.

Tip: get there near opening time. It fills up quickly!

2011 Apr 24
Went to Stoneface Dolly's for Easter brunch, what a disappointment...the eggs were overcooked, the mushroom patty-disgusting and the potatoes were mushy and tasteless. The only thing I enjoyed was the coffee. And oh yea, we also had a rude server. Never going back there again!!!

2010 Aug 9
The restaurant gives you one of the best brunch setting ever. Located at a quite intersection of Preston it is not difficult at all to find parking in nearby neighborhoods. As you approach the building you can feel the busy yet relaxing vibe of city life.

This place is constantly jammed with customers and I can only imagine why. When you get inside the open concept extended through the kitchen and the patio. The place is mainly light up by natural lighting from the patio, penetrating a very positive vibe.

The noise level is perfect. Sitting is comfortable and the design of the restaurant is also very warm and welcoming.

Egg Natasha- It is basically Egg Benedict with smoke salmon and spinich, topped with lemon diablo sauce.
The pouch eggs are nicely done. However the beautiful journey probably stops there. The spinach is too soggy and too "dead" very over cooked. The salmon does not look too pink and it falls short on amount. The most disappointment is on the muffin. It was very damped.
It is not a very big dish, with the price we are paying you can probably get better.

-www.bunny4bite.blogspot.com-

2010 May 16
I went there for breakfast on 2010 05 16 with my girlfriend. I had Omelet number 3 (red peppers, smoke salmon and goat cheese) and my date had the Eggs Natasha. We both really enjoyed our meal. Highly recommended for breakfast / brunch. I tried many, many places in Ottawa for breakfast and brunch and this place ranks in the top 3 for sure so far.

2010 Apr 11
This is the reason to come to Stoneface Dolly's - I've eaten a lot of breakfast at a lot of restaurants, cafes, and diners in town and Stoneface remains at the top of my list.

Everything about their breakfasts is taken to the next level. They serve Art-is-in bread and Bridgehead coffee. Even the "hollandaise" is given special attention and made fresh (Cait has told me that their eggs benedict is the best in town).

I'm picky when it comes to potatoes. I'll always be disappointed to see frozen hash browns on my plate (when I'm not at a diner at least), but Stoneface serves a really nice fried mash that is unique, but still familiar.

That's the best way I can sum up brunch at Stoneface Dolly's - unique, but still familiar. All your favourite breakfast foods with a twist.

Tip: Go on Saturday to avoid long lines. One of my favourite places in Ottawa is their patio on a nice sunny Saturday morning.




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2016 Jun 4
The pancakes are thick and fluffy. These had raspberry in them. Other options include plain, bananas, or blueberries.




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2007 Dec 2
The bread is baked in-house like dinner rolls (balls of dough in a baking pan, matrix style) and is served very fresh, one per diner. But unlike dinner rolls they are huge -- maybe 3"x3" at the base and 4" tall.

Flavour is lightly yeasty and pretty good. Texture is great: moist and pleasantly chewy on the inside, lightly crusty on the outside.

Served with the ubiquitous olive oil and balsamic but I would have preferred it with butter. Excellent for dunking into soups and sauces.




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2007 Feb 4
The lamb burger (which is available on their lunch menu for $9.95) is a favourite of mine. It's topped with goat cheese, caramelized (red) onions and peppers. It comes with their house salad and yam chips or potato salad..choose the yam chips.





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2007 Mar 17
always delicious! do not miss out on these!



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2016 Jun 4
Every bite of the Erika Benedicts (sausage patties in the eggs Benedicts) were simply tasty!

2014 Oct 12
I tried the Chicken bobotie eggs benefict for the first time and was delighted. The bobotie consists of minced chicken in a curry sauce served over slices of their locally made molasses bread topped with soft poached eggs covered in a Hollandaise sauce. The pan fried mashed potatoes was crusty and tasty as usual. There was also a small side of mixed fruits.

Service was prompt and professional. Our coffee cups were topped every time they were emptied.

There was a bit of wait for a table at 11am (20 minutes) but it was totally worth it!