Is this thing on?
I know, I know. I don’t call, I don’t write. Sorry for the radio silence breakfast clubbers. A lot has happened in the past three years, and well, somethings had to give, and one of those things was this blog.
Now that things have settled down and with a gentle nudge from one of my favourite breakfast buds James, we are now back in the business of blogging about bacon. First up? Railtown’s Belgard Kitchen.
Two food-related phrases spring to mind for this brunch review at Belgard Kitchen, located in the “newest” part of town: does this restaurant have the chops or is it a flash in the pan?
Instant answer: eat here.
I was pretty sure, based on two dinners at BK, that this Railtown restaurant/brew pub would offer the same range of creativity and attention to well-prepared food at brunch. I wasn’t disappointed.
Temporarily virtuous, I quashed my inner Homer Simpson and ordered the Veggie Brunch Burger ($14). The menu describes it as: “house rosemary portobello patty, Village Cheese Works cheddar, caramelized onions, sunflower seed pesto aioli, alfalfa sprouts, tomato, fried egg, ciabatta” with a side of brunch spuds. I omitted the sprouts, and the burger and the potatoes were delicious. Lots of great flavours in every bite, and a very personable server topped off this positive meal.
There was only one oversight: the burger arrived on a small wood board without a paper liner. When I cut the burger in half to make it easier to eat, the egg yolk flowed into a puddle. Hopefully the board enjoyed a long spa session in the dishwasher. Not trying to go all Howie Mandel germ-crazy, but I recently read about restaurants fined for serving food directly on wood boards. It was an oversight, because I saw a similarly served meal with a paper liner.
Rating: 🥚🥚🥚🥚 out of 🥚🥚🥚🥚🥚
I was a bit surprised when James pulled up to a plain white building, one that really didn’t stand out from the light industrial and warehouse buildings around it. When I asked where the restaurant was, he announced, this is it. And with that we entered into one of the best appointed restaurants I’ve ever been in. The entrance doors are huge, almost two storeys. Another patron said they were reclaimed from a church in Italy. The inside decor mixed industrial elements with romantic, cosy touches including a gorgeous fireplace. It’s one of those places that’s both perfect for a first date and meeting up with friends after work for beers and appies. Just to prove its versatility, there was a baby shower happening in a private space on the second floor.
I mention the decor because sometimes restaurants sacrifice food quality for decor, or sacrifice decor for food quality. And that’s where Belgard Kitchen really excels. It ticks all the boxes. For my inaugural visit, I ordered the Postmark Stout Sausage Skillet ($16). It included crispy potatoes, roasted mushrooms and tomato, poached eggs, smokey onion and parmesan cream and grilled sourdough. The dish was well seasoned and flavourful. I don’t usually order sausages, I find them too bland and greasy. These were peppery and plump-yum. The star of the skillet though, was the smokey onion and parmesan cream. I could have eating a bowl of it with the sourdough and been quite satisfied with that. Minor detail – the poached eggs were rubbery, leading me to believe they pre-poached the eggs and reheated them on order.
Rating: 🥚🥚🥚🥚 out of 🥚🥚🥚🥚🥚
55 Dunlevy Ave