Café My House

I’m not a vegan, and I’m not a vegetarian, but I do enjoy delicious food immensely and I also endeavour to support our local dining establishments.  Café My House used to be located not too far from my hood in Ottawa….a quick drive, but they recently moved to a trendier location, in Hintonburg, Ottawa.

They use fresh, local organic ingredients, appealing to vegans and non-vegans.  I had frequented the original location a few times and although parking was an issue, I was always so impressed with the freshness and beautiful plating of the vegan food I was served.  I went to the new location this past week.  It’s much bigger, the parking less stressful and my meal, just as delicious.

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My daughter, who had never been to Café My House, and I decided to participate in the 5 course sharing plates offered for $29.  This is a fabulous way to sample  and share several of the items on the menu.  Our chef’s choice plates included:

IMG_8988.jpg…Cheese and Pickle Plate….assorted cashew nut ‘cheeses’, heirloom carrots, beets, garlic cloves…YOWZA!… pickled in gin (and something else, but I forget what) and gluten free crackers. This was DELICIOUS and I could become a vegan on the basis of this plate alone.

IMG_8991.jpg.jpg…. Curry Chickpea Cake Salad… A huge plate of micro greens, sliced radish, lima bean puree, with small chickpea cakes buried underneath and garnished with grated orange peel and curled beet strings. I want to get the veggie tool that peels the beets into long skinny threads like pasta.

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OK…I have had vegetarian lasagna before, but this was superb. This is RAW lasagna … layers of thinly sliced zucchini, tomatoes, micro greens, cashew herbed brie, red pepper pesto, heirloom beets and carrots. Totally filling, and with two more courses to go.

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I’m not 100% sure, but this may have been my favourite plate.  Crispy Tempeh…parsnip & pernod puree, miso & maple glazed grilled cauliflower, red wine-pomegranate reduction, oven roasted spicy chickpeas and polenta crusted tempeh. OH MY  OH MY  OH MY!!

I need to mention that we enjoyed a glass of vegan Pinot Grigio with our shared plates. Vegan wine you ask?  I asked too and will reveal the answer in the next TBB Friday Night Wine Pick.

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Our last course.  Vegan tiramisu.  Holy Camoly this was yummy!  You might think a little chintzy in size, but honestly, we only needed a few bites.

Café My House has a small menu …  small desert offerings and a small vegan wine list.  They do have a mixology menu which I will certainly try next time….and there will be a next time. I would make reservations if you are heading out at the usual rush hour lunch and dinner times.

 

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Donna BorderDonna says: “Wow!  These plates look so delicious!  Will have to be a TBB lunch destination I’m thinking!”

 

 

 

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