Offering "eggsciting" breakfasts and brunches, this trendy diner is a delicious place to meet for a lengthy visit or a power brunch. The high-energy ... More
Offering "eggsciting" breakfasts and brunches, this trendy diner is a delicious place to meet for a lengthy visit or a power brunch. The high-energy atmosphere is due to the efficient staff and the solarium decor. Breakfasts with great names like Eggsuberant and Eggstravaganza range from CAD3.95-12.95. Eggsecutive burgers, depending on your choice of toppings, are CAD9.85-12.95. It's a good idea to make a reservation; long lines are to be expected at such a popular place.
We went for a late breakfast and found that the service was very slow and pratically absent, the tea was cold, and the eggs benedict was a big letdown. The hollandaise had no flavour, they used sliced ham deli meat, the potatoes were dry and bland, and there was no gruyere cheese on the eggs benedict, although it's listed as one of the ingredients on the menu. Very disappointing and I won't return.
We wanted to try a breakfast specialty house and Eggspectations, which we know from Montreal, was our choice. We had trouble from when we enetered. Upstairs was an empty spot for 4, but the hostess told us that the second floor was full. I had to insist to get our party of 4 up to the second floor where there was plenty of space. We aslo waited a good 5 minutes before the hostess reappeared.
The waitress was upbeat, helpfull and friendly. The atmosphere is what it is (a very loud background noise) and that's OK as we knew ahead of time. For those who don't want noise, this isn't your spot.
They have a very large menu with a large selection. I chose an expresso and "What's Up?" (2 eggs (I took them poached), corn beef hash (sopposed ot be corn beef, potatoes, onions & spices), whole wheat toast, Chef's choice of fruits.)
What I eneded up with was 2 poached eggs on toast (which were fresh and well cooked (not greasy)), tons of sliced fried potatoes, corned beef (mixed with nothing) pasted to the middle of my plate (blahhh), a small pieces of honeydew & a 1" by 1" slice of orange, toast half the size of regular toast, 1/2 of one ring of onion!!! and an expresso that was anything but an expresso; morelike a little bit of strong coffee.with a hint of vanilla.
I won't describe the other plates but to tell that my companions were not impressed.
For $71+ (including tip), this is not a deal and this is junk food that one can find in any corner greasy spoon.
We won't be back anytime soon.
The food is usually amazing, a little overpriced, and the service is great if you have your '"regular" server which we have, she's always nice, brings us our "usual" since we're regulars, no complaints there. But we try to avoid on Week-ends or rush hours during the week, where the service is terrible and the food comes to your table cold... and most of all because our server is not working!
It's a very metro and upbeat place to go with friends on a weekend morning so you really need to be in the mood for this sort of place. The negative reviews I've seen are unwarranted if you know what to expect coming into a place like this: it'll be loud, it'll be overpriced; perhaps you'd be happier with an egg-mcmuffin at McD's (I'm told it's pretty quiet on a Sunday morning there). Food is decent but not fantastic. The fruit shakes are good though (but again, rather pricy).
If you want a really loud place, where the iron-cast chairs grate against the concrete floor the second anybody moves, where laughter from across the room bounces off the ceiling to reverberate harshly in your ears, where the service is non-descript, the decor similar to what one would find in a military loading zone, the dishes slightly dirty at best, and which features overpriced food you could as easily make at home (and better), then this is your spot! Enjoy!
Loved the food, benedicit's are house are amazing!!!! Very busy on the weekends, so go easy on the staff, I've seen some really rude customers that the wait staff has to deal with. Kudos to them for still smiling!
Given that the prices were quite a bit higher than you'd pay anywhere else (avg. breakfast is between 7-13), the food quality was disappointing. Cold eggs, lipstick on the mugs, undercooked waffles, and a hair in our All-american breakfast more or less made the impression. Not the first time I've been disappointed with the place. Server was ok, but overall, more hype than it deserves.
Last year I was in Ottawa around this time, and while walking around stumbled upon this place. Of course, being on vacation it was a Saturday morning. The lineup for the place was huge, pretty well out the door, what fun. The line cut down surprisingly quick, and I was seated within 10 minutes maybe. You look around, and the decorations are somewhat abstract, but cool to look at. AS for the food, being busy and all the service wasn't perhaps the quickest, but who would expect it to be? The food itself, or whatever I ordered I remember was Amazing! Anyway, now a year later I am going to go again, because I think it is a definitely good choice for a breakfast meal.
I was really excited to have a good breakfast at lunch. There really is nothing better! I ordered the pretty basic two egg breakfast. It was honestly the most disgusting thing i have ever looked at never mind the taste. It is really to bad because i do love the atmosphere.
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