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The Village Cafe
The Village Cafe
The Village Cafe
The Village Cafe
The Village Cafe
The Village Cafe
The Village Cafe
Weekend Brunch at The Village Cafe
The Village Cafe
The Village Cafe
Weekend Brunch at The Village Cafe
Weekend Brunch at The Village Cafe
Foods from The Village Cafe
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2010 Feb 22
i have been itchin' for a good healthy serving sandwich place. i'll definitely check out the village cafe.

thanks for posting pics, keep it up! i grow tired of being one of the few taking, posting and shortly after seeing my pics (and often my silly writing) stolen from my OF posts and featured on other blogs and twit accounts by other foodies as if it was their own!!

2010 Feb 21
Boyfriend had the Romeo - Smoked turkey, roasted red onions, Swiss cheese, cucumbers, spinach & a cranberry-roasted red pepper jelly.
He liked it, but said there was too much lunch meat - overpowered the other flavours a bit. It sure looked pretty :)

2010 Feb 21
Went here on Saturday intending to eat brunch, but quickly realised that brunch was only served Sundays. Meh.. it was 11:30 anyways so we decided to stay and eat sandwiches.
I had the veggie burger which was a mixture of lentils, walnuts and herbed roasted vegetables. I chose to have it on sourdough and it was amazing. It didn't hold its shape very well, I wouldn't exactly classify it as a burger - but whatever it was, it tasted delicious. I chose to add the goat cheese salad for an extra 4 dollars which was also amazing - can't say enough good things about my meal selection. I would most definitely go back.


2010 Jan 5
i ordered the eggplant cannelloni, which is supposed to be called Involtini, an italian dish that I once tried. Rolled up Eggplant with ricotta/spinach

The stuffing was too mediterranean for my taste. Granted it is a Mediterranean restaurant, but the dish itself was an italian dish and should taste as such. Otherwise the menu should mention that it is prepared Mediterranean style. My bad. I ate half of it, but the seeds in the stuffing were just to much for me.

Probably won't go back as the service was just okay and the rest of the menu did not have much vegetarian/chicken options.

My friend who ordered the steak loved her meal.


2008 Aug 9
"I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?" 10 Things I Hate About You.

My partner & I went to Village Cafe tonight, and we were just that--whelmed. We chose here after looking at the Gastropub's "sample menu" (online) and him deciding that he didn't like anything on the sample menu, and my not making it clear that it was just that, a sample menu.

Anyway, our servers were not very attentive at all: She did not ask my partner if he wanted anything to drink at any point during our ordering, and assumed that because I had ordered my drink with my meal that him saying nothing meant he didn't want anything.

The roasted red pepper and goat cheese soup was really good, and well worth its value, but servers ought to know better than to add pepper, cheese, or anything else that's not on the course already without asking the customer. My waitress went ahead and dumped pepper on it...what was I supposed to do? Send it back? Ugh.

My main was the crab salad, which was more crab than salad, however a very small portion. I'm not sure if it was meant as an appetizer size, but it was priced as a meal. The watermelon and avacodo made for a good combination of textures with the crab and lime vinegarette...but there was hardly any greens to be found, despite the menu's promise. Additionally, the menu said nothing about red onion, which I usually love, but it was cut up in such small pieces that it all sunk to the bottom, where my last few bits became nothing but crab and red onion (reminded me a lot of pickled herring to be honest!)

He had the Toscana linguini--linguini tossed in garlic infused olive oil with prosciutto, sundried tomato and all the fixings. However, garlic-infused oil is never a good plan, since it never really tastes like garlic. Otherwise there was little flavour to his pasta, and he claimed that our homemade stuff (complete with roasted red pepper, hot pepper and homemade sundried tomatoes) was better. I concured.

Both meals were served with a very white, very subpar bread, for which I was thankful there was soup and about 1/3 a cup of oil left in the bottom of his pasta dish (gross...but useful for tasteless bread).

Not once in the entire meal did either of the two girls serving us (they sort of tag teamed) ask us how the meal was.

All in all, I might come back for the lunch menu...but likely not.

Blech.

2007 Dec 19
Ate here a couple of months ago and overall had a good experience. I won't comment on the details because I can't remember but will make another visit so I can give a proper review.

Nice atmosphere and very accommodating service when another couple called to join us for drinks/dessert halfway through our meal, the server had no problem with us moving tables. Since we had already begun eating, she had to set the other table. She got a large tip!

2007 Aug 14
My partner and I had lunch here on Saturday. I had the vegetarian burger with dijon mustard. It came with the house salad with a nice balmastic vinegar dressing. Very plain but satsifying. I'm really happy I ordered it with dijon as I think the mayonnaise would have tasted funny with the burger. Also you need a strong bread with this. I had the foccacia. My partner had the Royale sandwitch which he also enjoyed. He thought the combination of turkey, pancetta, provolone & pesto mayonnaise worked well.
The service was okay. A little too informal and unattentive for me.


2007 Jan 17
I like The Village Cafe, and will give it a thumbs up, if only for their delicious creative sandwiches. The only downside is the absurdly priced desserts, which don't have a menu so you can't see what the price is ahead of time without asking. I can't remember what I had, but I certainly remember the $8 on the bill. This place is good, but not $8 dessert good like Juniper down the road is.

2006 Sep 28
I used to be a big fan of this place until a couple of years ago some friends and I stopped in for dessert and coffee late one evening. We were basically told to get lost because we didn't want to order dinner. It was after 9pm. I have never been back. Good food cannot make up for incredibly rude service!

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2010 Mar 28
Finally got to try the weekend brunch here and was sadly disappointed. It was certainly no where near as amazing as their lunch was (see my other post).
I had the eggs benedict with no bacon or smoked salmon, and asked for provolone cheese instead. I got cheddar cheese, which wasn't that huge of a deal, but I was pretty sad about the lack of everything on my plate. I got about 6 pieces of cold potato, and the fruit salad was also about 6 pieces of melon over a small amount of greens. The dressing over top of it all was quite good though.
I mean, everything was good enough, but at 13 dollars a plate it should stand out, and I shouldn't be leaving still hungry.
That being said, I will still go back for their lunch (dream about that goat cheese salad), but I'll skip the brunch.

2008 Mar 3
Went with a group of 8 people for Sunday brunch. We had actually intended to go to Baker Street Cafe, but it was full. Service was generally good with one or two minor exceptions for small things that were forgotten (cream for coffee, extra bacon). Most people ordered either the eggs benedict or the mediterranean omelette, with one person getting the pancakes.

Everyone was happy with their food, but I didn't hear anyone blown away by the flavours. I only say this because for $12 eggs benedict I would normally expect a little more than just standard eggs benny done well. For quantity, everyone but me seems to have been satisfied, but I'm a notoriously big eater so I think the general population would be happy with what they get.

All in all, a good breakfast with good service, but I'm not sure if it's worth the slightly inflated prices.

2007 Apr 4
A filled crepe.

Surprising (mild) complaint: "too much meat."

From the same diner who had the platter-o'-animal here ottawafoodies.com/vendor/620 , hence "surprising"...

2007 Apr 4
A 'mediterranean' omelette.

Top marks for a good combination of veg.

Deductions for the tiny amount of feta.

And no toast to the toast. It was so dry as to be melba, and no butter ever showed up (neither did anybody to ask until the end).

Strawberry juice was great, though -- not the bottled sugar water most places with "strawberry juice" on the menu are flogging.



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2011 Dec 10
Had a delicious chocolate layer cake here a couple of days ago. Most days, I'd order pie over cake, but this was very moist, dense but still cakey (as opposed to a molten lava style) and uber chocolatey (hmm, that's not a real word, is it?). It was also huge. I shared with a friend and it was more than enough for two. Great for a chocolate fix. Between this and my pulled pork (see sandwiches), I was ready for a nap!

2006 Sep 24
I love the food at The Village Cafe, but their desserts are hit-or-miss. Like many places, they bring in their desserts from a local baker. I've found they are generally either too sweet or too dry (or both!). One specific warning: the icing on the carrot cake we had (June 2006) is really gross, like eating crisco!




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2011 Dec 11
I had a very, very good pulled pork here a couple of days ago. In fact, I lived in the southern United States for several years and would rank this sandwich as one of the better ones I've had. Different people like different things in their pulled pork, but this, to me, had just the right balance of sweet and tang and salt and sauciness. Yum. I prefer it to the one available at Piggy Market.




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