This weekend I was craving French Toast and I went to the trusty Yelp and Urbanspoon sites to look for a place closer to home. I came across Olde Village Bistro (http://oldevillagebistro.com/). They are on Hwy 7 and Unionville Main St, just beside the Dominos.
It is definitely a neighbourhood little restaurant that seats, I’d say about 50. Reading so many good reviews, I was excited to try this local bistro. They have a 7 page menu, that’s including breakfast, lunch, kids, and drinks, so there are quite a few choices and I could smell the yummy bacon and the fragrant cinnamon as food was being made on the grill.
Here’s what we ordered that day:
- Orange juice (large)
- Coffee (bottomless)
- Traditional Breakfast with Bacon
- French Toast
As soon as we ordered the drinks, we got them in less than 5 mins., which was great considering they were full house. The orange juice is a store bought type juice, not fresh squeezed. The coffee, no idea what brand, but it tasted like every day coffee, so no complaints. The only thing that slightly bugged me was, although the coffee was bottomless, I was never offered a refill until all the food was cleared off the table and the bills were paid. I did hear the server ask our surrounding tables if they would like more coffee, so maybe ours was just overlooked.
Unfortunately, we waited about 20 mins for our food and when it arrived, it was just warm.
Let’s start with the the Traditional Breakfast with Bacon.
The picture above is exactly how the plate came. We had not eaten anything, or touched it. The Traditional Breakfast with Bacon comes with 3 eggs, any style, hash, and of course bacon. The plate to be honest was underwhelming. The eggs were fluffy, but because they were scrambled and cut into such small pieces, it just didn’t feel like a hearty breakfast and lacking in the “mouthful” feeling. The hash was small potato chunks. You can clearly see it was boiled and then grilled. Tasted a little bland, no salt or seasoning. The bacon…Bacon is a super yummy, fatty food. I know some people love it super crispy, as if it came out of the deep fryer and it just crunches into many pieces, but that is not the proper way of cooking bacon. At Olde Village Bistro, parts of the bacon was overcooked (super crispy) and other parts were well cooked, slightly crisp with a little chewiness. It wasn’t anything I would rave about, just an ordinary homestyle breakfast plate that we can make at home. For $5.99, I guess it was ok.
Now moving onto the French Toast.
As you can see plating looks great. 3 slices of toasts, cut in half, battered/soaked in eggs, and grilled. It is topped with powdered sugar and cinnamon. They serve this with syrup. The syrup is bottled by the bistro, so I’m not sure what it was, but it wasn’t too sweet like hone and not too bland just corn syrup. The toast themselves were unfortunately also underwhelming. The crusts were not soaked with egg at all and also a bit hard, not crunchy like it’s toasted, but just hard. The middle parts of the toasts were sunken in and flat. They were not fluffy toasts with crispy outside as you would come to expect from a well made french toast, which by the way is extremely hard. Without the syrup, powdered sugar, and cinnamon, I would not have been able to finish my french toast. Also with this pretty plate being luke warm, that probably added to the deflation of the bread.
One other side note I have prior to summary is, our bill was passed to our table right after all the food and cutlery were brought to the table. We had not even started eating yet, nor did we ask for the bill. Also I did advise the server we had another person that’s on their way.
I was very excited to try Olde Village Bistro based on all the great reviews on Yelp (http://www.yelp.ca/biz/olde-village-bistro-markham) and I was hoping to find a little neighbourhood breakfast/brunch place, since most of the good ones are downtown Toronto. I’m sad to say, they have not met my personal expectations. I believe that restaurants deserve to be visited more than once, because maybe they were having an off day, so I will try them again one day soon and hopefully the experience changes.
Olde Village Bistro, will you be Off the List?