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