We are on our annual trip to Ottawa and Montreal, and this usually means we eat our faces off because there’s lots of great options here. Last night we tried Café My House, this super hip restaurant that recently moved to the newly-gentrified neighbourhood of Hintonburg.
They have a rotating menu depending on what’s fresh and local at the moment, which I certainly appreciated.
We found the menu a bit confusing, because the first 4 menu items are sharing dishes and the last 2 are entrées. Our table was thoroughly confused as to what to order for a little while, but when we got that sorted, the food starting coming!
The amuse-bouche. Some sort of fresh little asparagus and lotus root thing. Really refreshing.
Banh mi tacos! They had a soft, pillowy chickpea flour “shell” (like socca) and were filled with the usual banh mi fillings: cooling pickle carrots, daikon and cilantro, with the twist of smoked tempeh as the “meat”.
Deconstructed beet-kimchi dumplings!
Housemade cheese and pickle board! They were all incredible but the herbed brie knocked it out of the park. My cheese-loving sister-in-law agreed.
My entrée: Primavera spaghetti! I am usually completely underwhelmed by raw zucchini noodles, but these were refreshing and balanced nicely by the hunks of kale cashew “goat” cheese, which was every bit as barnyard-funky as one would hope goat cheese would be.
Trevor’s lemongrass curry. The sauce was so velvety and was complemented nicely by the grilled pineapple salsa. I kept stealing forkfuls of his, much to his annoyance!
The pièce de résistance was really the dessert sampler…
Which I couldn’t take a clear photo of to save my life. All you need to know is, front to back: chocolate cake, tiramisu, strawberry basil cheesecake, mango cheesecake and key lime cheesecake. The strawberry basil was unexpectedly SO AMAZING. By far the best out of the bunch. I’m tempted to try that combination myself sometime.
Then today, first my sister-in-law and I decided to jump out of a plane…
GAH! I had this on my bucket list for quite some time, so I’m glad to have crossed it off. Can’t say I’ll be rushing back to do it again, it was as terrifying as it looks!
That worked up quite the appetite, so my sister-in-law made us these amazingly filling salads with a bunch of stuff from her CSA box and some sesame tofu:
Then later, since it’s World Vegan Pizza Day, we stopped off at Bread & Sons for some of their amazing vegan pizza that you can just order right off the menu, no modifications necessary! I also never pass up an opportunity to try a root beer I haven’t had yet, so I grabbed this locally brewed one, which was quite refreshing to sip as I ate pizza on the floor of my sister-in-law’s condo in my underwear. Hahah.
On Monday we are onward to Montreal, where my very favourite restaurant awaits – Aux Vivres!