October 17, 2011

Brunch @ Beast

My friend and I have been meaning to try out Beast's brunch for awhile. Finally, we had the chance on Thanksgiving weekend!
The three of us all wanted to sit in the patio, but unfortunately the fall weather was not cooperating. We decided that we didn't want to have our meal engulfed by falling leaves. It wasn't very busy at the restaurant on that particular Sunday.
At first, my friends had no interest in ordering Rachelle’s maple-bacon donuts. But when we saw multiple batches of these lovely creatures coming out of the kitchen, we just couldn't resist. We split two between the three of us, and they were just amazing. The donut itself was soft and moist, topped with a thick and decadent maple glaze. And the best of all? The savoury bacon bits! I'm really starting to love bacon in desserts. The smokiness worked so well with the sweetness of the donut. I wished Tim Hortons could serve these donuts!
My friend opted for “poutine” with fried gnocchi, ontario water buffalo, sheep’s milk cheese curds. This was my favourite of the three dishes, although the portion was a little smaller. The fried gnocchi was lovely- crispy on the outside with a gooey, melt-in-your-mouth texture on the inside. My friend commented that after eating the whole bowl, it was a little too salty. But because I only had one bite, it was delectable to me!
My other friend, the more adventurous diner, chose sunny side duck egg hash, duck hearts, sweet potato.
The sunny egg was cooked beautifully, but other than that, I wasn't a big fan of this dish. The duck heart was a little bland, and tasted very Chinese to me. I guess all offal dishes taste Chinese to me, since that's the way I've always eaten it. Overall, the dish didn't stand out.
I was torn between the benedict and the fried chicken croquette, but in the end, I decided on the fish cake benedict with poached eggs, lemon hollandaise, english muffin.
To my disappointment, the poached egg was overcooked. I'm not sure this was an accident, or they intended the yolk to be almost solid. But either way, I prefer my egg yolk to be runny. Other than that, I liked all the other components of the dish. The english muffin was nicely toasted. The lemon hollandaise was quite different from any that I've had before- more tangy and less salty. It was a little on the thick side, but still tasty nevertheless, and went well with the fishcake. I also enjoyed the side of potatoes, which were well-seasoned. All in all, it was a different take on the traditional eggs benedict and I liked it.
I ended up packing half of my meal home to save room for dessert...
From the start, we had our eyes set on the pumpkin cheesecake topped with marshmallow fluff and accompanied by drunken cranberries. At $10, I had expected a bigger piece of cake (the portion was really tiny!) I thought that the maple bacon donuts, at $5, had way better value. Cost aside, the cheesecake was superb! The cake was rich with pumpkin flavour with a hint of cinnamon, and that brûléed marshmallow top was lovely and added an extra creamy dimension. My pumpkin-crazy friend went nuts for this cheesecake! All in all, the sweets were definitely the highlights of this brunch.
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