Daphne and I went for brunch at the NAC restaurant this morning. We had heard about it from some of her colleagues who had raved about it, so I really wanted to try it out. I love Sunday brunch. So, after a taking advantage of the Sunday bike days, we headed on over for some much deserved brunch. I was a little taken aback at how quiet it was. I'd heard good things and had expected a crowd, but the restaurant wasn't busy at all. The range of food was impressive. There's salads, smoked and cured salmon, sushi, duck confit, lamb, eggs, pancakes. It is kind of crazy. I decided to stick with the more lunch oriented things, so I had bits of salmon, a piece of sushi, some lamb. What you see in the picture is sort of a greatest hits. It was my second plate. At about 11 o'clock on the plate is a mash of what tasted like cauliflower and potato that was very good. Next to it at one o'clock was a polenta topped with duck. It was fantastic. At four o'clock was some sort of chicken dish like you'd find in a Chinese restaurant. Solid. The perogies and salmon are obvious. The cured salmon was fantastic. Loved it. The perogies were good. Not quite grandmother quality, but good.
As much as I enjoyed the food, the star of the brunch really was the dessert. They had an impressive array of petit fours and other desserts. The best of the bunch was a little dish of custard, maybe lemon. Not quite sure the precise flavour. But it was fantastic. I could have eaten a half dozen of them. The little pistachio cake to the right of it was terrific. The crumble solid. Everything on the dessert buffet that I tried was delicious. We also spilt a plate of cheese that I didn't take a picture of that was really good. Terrific selection of cheeses. My favourite a stinky runny cheese that I coudn't name, but would get again in a heart beat. Overall the brunch at the NAC was really good, but at $32 at little expensive. The quality of the food though probably justifies the price. I mean what other brunch has duck confit and polenta, plus sushi. I'm not sure how soon I'll go back, mostly because of the price, but the location next to the canal is one of the best in Ottawa and it was very tasty.