Weekends in Port Credit Just got a Little Sweeter
Tired of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”? Then change the scenery this weekend and head down to Port Credit for brunch at Port 229 Artisan Bistro! This cozy bistro is situated slightly away from the main drag, at 229 Lakeshore Road East, and it’s definitely worth paying a visit. Port 229 opened in January of this year, and has since become one of my favourite restaurants for lunch and dinner. So, when I heard that they were offering weekend brunch, I just had to check it out.
It was a lazy Sunday afternoon when I made my way there with the family. As soon as we entered the restaurant, the first thing that we noticed was the dessert case – a very delicious sight indeed! Carole’s Cheesecake Co. takes care of the cakes, and with Kevin Doucette’s warm smile greeting you at the front of the house – that leaves Chef Dialo Kinghorn to his own creative devices in the kitchen. In the mood for something sweet? How about “Sinful Cinnamon French Toast” – cream cheese-filled Texastoast, spiced apples, walnuts and real Maple syrup dripping off each forkful of goodness. Chef Dialo also whips up his signature crêpes – thin pancakes stuffed with ricotta cheese and fruit compote. But, to keep things interesting, he serves them with a brown butter lavender caramel sauce… “Heaven on a plate,” I’d say. (Both dishes are reasonably priced at $10.00 each.)
This particular brunch, however, had me in the mood for something savoury and nothing beats the traditional Eggs Benny or in this case, “Eggs Benedialo” ($14.00). I chose to have mine with the classic peameal bacon (you can also choose smoked salmon or spinach) with hollandaise as the perfect topping. The creamy, slightly tangy sauce was undoubtedly home-made (I confirmed that with Kevin) and drizzled over perfectly poached eggs – it was delicious!
In addition, I could not get enough of the hash browns that were served alongside the eggs. Those cubed morsels of golden brown potatoes were fried in rich butter, then finished with a sprinkling of sea salt and fresh dill and thyme – so good that I had to order another batch just for sharing. Brunch portions are very generous and they don’t have a specific children’s menu, but Kevin suggested checking in with the server to request a smaller portion if required. Cappuccino, latte, espresso or organic teas will fill the caffeine void, and if you feel so inclined to indulge (hey it’s 5:00 o’clock somewhere in the world) then go for the Mimosa (sparkling wine and freshly squeezed orange juice) or one of Kevin’s Caesars.
Port 229 is truly a gem in the village of Port Credit. And now that the weather is getting slightly colder, it’s comforting to have a cozy place to go to for a leisurely weekend brunch – just to sweeten things up a little.Port 229 Artisan Bistro>
229 Lakeshore Road East