Thursday, May 09, 2013

The (Best) House on Parliament

On Saint Patrick's day weekend, friends and I went to The House on Parliament for some hearty brunch before filling our stomachs with green beer. Sitting in Cabbagetown, this pub is very cozy and has a patio, a bar, and seating in the front and back of the place.

They have a special weekends only menu for brunch, so we all selected from that list.

Eggs Parliament  $10
The Eggs Parliament is the traditional eggs benedict with a twist. The 2 poached eggs sit on a toasted english muffin topped with smoked mozzarella and is covered by hollandaise sauce with crispy double smoked bacon sprinkled on top. On the side, there is also plum tomato chutney, home fries, and fruit. I especially loved the smoked mozzarella and plum tomato chutney combination. Usually richness of hollandaise sauce makes me feel a little sick after the first benedict, but not here! If I had to be picky, I'd say there could've have been more meat on top of the sprinkled bacon bits.

Scotch Breakfast   $11
The Scotch Breakfast was quite an interesting dish to me. It is basically pheasant and cognac scotch egg wrapped by wild boar meat into a ball and fried. Then they cut it in half and slather hollandaise sauce on top. The part about wild boar did not particularly interest me, but I gave it a try anyway. To my surprise, it didn't taste gamy as I had expected, and the meatiness made up for the lack of in my Eggs Parliament.

The Number 27   $13
Now this baby is what we call meaty! The 8oz sirloin patty sits on lettuce and tomato, and is topped with a poached egg, peameal bacon and hollandaise on a sesame egg bun with frites on the side. Needless to say, the burger was substantial and heavenly. Usually, a burger ain't a good burger without ketchup to me, but the hollandaise sauce was quite fitting in this case and definitely complimented the burger.

The food was plentiful and the environment was very homey and cozy. The service, however, was another story. Our waitress seemed a little out of it and spoke in a voice that was barely audible. Instead of using her voice, she would resort to poking us with her finger, which I found weird and unprofessional.

Service: ★★☆☆☆
Price: $$ (for brunch)

The House on Parliament
454 Parliament St
Toronto, ON

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