|Relish's sunny tables on Pandora Ave.|
The menu is not long but it is diverse – including granola, french toast, bennies, sandwiches and a burger. Some of the menu items have very interesting Korean & Chinese influences, as well. They also have a beautiful espresso machine - so you can start your meal off...
…with a beautiful latte.
|Latte Art & Brunch Menu|
Our table of four narrowed down our choices to two of the bennies, a kimchi scramble and a roasted chickpea tagine. The bennies: one was with thick slices of smoked pork, sitting on English muffins and topped with hollandaise and served with roasted tomatoes and pan-fried potatoes – excellent benny with soft poached eggs and flavourful pork in every bite (it’s actually the standard order for this diner when they come here). The second benny was smoked mackerel - a large piece sitting on potato rosti, topped with salsa verde and nestled up to a small tossed salad with shaved pickled fennel plus the roasted tom’s. This was my order and I loved it – the smokey/salty mackerel was excellent and went incredible well with the runny eggs, salsa verde & rosti – I would be hard pressed to pick something else off the menu next time I’m in.
Next breakfast was the kimchee scramble – what a delicious, different egg dish – made in-house kimchi (pickled, spicy cabbage) scrambled together with bacon, eggs, aged cheddar and green onions - served with potatoes, salad and toast. Excellent dish - the kimchi adds a great flavour without over-powering the dish.
|Kimchi & Bacon Scramble|
Final dish up was the chickpea tagine. Another incredibly flavourful dish - with cumin and saffron - the chickpeas, eggplant & tomatoes stew together very well. Served with toast (as well, you can add on a couple of eggs for an extra charge).
|Red Pepper & Chickpea Tagine|
Relish really is a fabulous little Saturday brunch spot - the menu is diverse (without being lengthy), the food is fresh & innovative (regular breakfasts with a twist) and the setting is lively (cozy individual tables, a communal one & outside seating as well).
And there's free parking on the street - what more could you ask for?
Relish Food & Coffee
920 Pandora Avenue
Saturday Brunch 9am-1:30pm
(weekday lighter breakfasts, muffins, scones & lunches available: Tue-Fri, 7am-3:30pm)