My new favourite brunch: Alta Bistro
I have to admit, as far as brunch goes, I have been a diehard Elements fan for quite some time, despite the fact you are sometimes waiting for up to an hour to get a seat in this bustling bistro on a typical weekend morning.
When Alta Bistro announced they were serving breakfast in their cozy eatery I was intrigued. This new kid on the block, just up the street from Elements and also off the pedestrian stroll, is one of my favourite places to dine. Based on my dinner experiences, I assumed breakfast would be fresh, imaginative and simply delicious.
And, I was right. After checking out the menu I decided to go with Mushrooms on Toast with a Two Hour Egg for $12. The thick slab of buttery, toasted sourdough bread was smothered with a selection of sauteed wild mushrooms, creamy horseradish hollandaise and topped with a slow poached, two-hour egg that had been lightly panfried to give it delicious, crisp brown edges. Two slices of organic bacon topped off this indulgent plate.
My dining partner Tyler chose the Croque Madame $11, served with an egg on the side and spicy homemade ketchup, perfect for dipping that cheesy goodness into. Both plates came with savoury roast potatoes. Although we opted for Namasthe organic mint tea and fresh brewed Milano coffee, a mimosa made with fresh squeezed orange juice and Blue Mountain Brut (known as the Manmosa when served on the rocks) would be a refreshing way to cut through all that buttery goodness. And since we were heading into the village next to take care of some Christmas shopping, a little buzz would have been welcome. Oh well, there is always next weekend!
The Alta Bistro is serving breakfast and brunch from 7:30am to Noon daily. Check out the full menu here.