“If more of us valued food and cheer above hoarded gold, it would be a much merrier world.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
Cassis Bistro – Brunch in the Hood
February 20, 2013Posted by on
Our neighbours recently raved to us about their favourite neighbourhood restaurant, Cassis Bistro. I managed to convince L that we needed to drop by for brunch. However, it wasn’t easy as he was in a foul mood. The previous evening, we experienced the most painfully awful dinner service at a restaurant that shall (out of pity) remain anonymous. The bizarre food and dinner service was right out of an episode of Hell’s Kitchen. While I thought it was kinda funny, L was not amused.
So on that note, L bravely accompanied me to Cassis. The bistro was whimsically decorated. The room was airy and bright with sunlight streaming through the windows. I enjoyed the lively French music playing in the background. Service was friendly and efficient – I could feel L’s starting to relax when he realized we were dining at a competent restaurant.
I ordered the salmon and leek quiche with a mixed green salad ($16) while L opted for the Croque Monsieur ($16.00). The bread in L’s sandwich tasted homemade – it was fresh, chewy and soft and covered in béchamel. Thinly shaved ham was nestled between creamy cheese.
My quiche was tall in height and wide in width. The filling was soft and silky, speckled with pieces of tender salmon. I love the puff pastry. When I went to cut into the quiche, I could hear the crackle of the crust. The side salads consisted of greens that looked like they were just plucked from a garden. Tossed in a tangy, light dressing, I could detect a light olive oil and something citrusy. I liked the addition of onions as it added some sweetness to the salad.
We both thought the food was delicious and despite the large portion sizes, we were comfortably full because the food was light and refreshing. The prices are very reasonable given the quality of the food. We can’t wait to return again for dinner.