Colette Grand Cafe

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On my restaurant list, Colette Grande Cafe would probably be listed under fancy. And from my experience it sure was fancy! I went there for brunch earlier this month because it was mom’s birthday.
I thoroughly enjoyed being served fresh juices along with digging into mountains of food, piled up high, consisting of pasta salads to a huge assortment of desserts.  There is also an omelette station, where you can customize your omelette and it will be served to your table when ready.

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I filled my first plate with a bit of everything: mango salad, crab salad, smoked salmon (my favourite from the whole buffet), shrimp cocktail, french toast, pancake & pasta salad (starting from 12 o’clock and  going clockwise). The salads were good (though I didn’t fancy the crab flavours), the pancake and toast were light and fluffy and the smoked salmon was to die for!

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The cafe was serving wellington, salmon wellington to be exact. I’m 99.9% sure that I never had wellington. To my surprise, the salmon was cooked perfectly (not over nor under) and the thin pastry wrapped the salmon snug tight.

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On one side of the restaurant, there was an assortment of items you would usually order for brunch: belgian waffles, fried chicken, pancakes, sausage, bacon and french toast.

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On the bar side, there were other items, such as salads, seafood (the brunch is famous for seafood), cheeses, quiches, fruits and desserts.

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I especially loved the fruit tart because it reminded me of the fruit flan I made during baking school.

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Colette Grande Cafe serves Sunday brunch for $54 per person. I would recommend trying this, if you fancy a nice change in brunch. It was a pleasant experience. I would definitely take my good friend here for her birthday.

Click here to visit Colette’s website.
Pictures via iPhone 6.

Piccolo Grande – Ottawa

The last entry of my Ottawa In A Day series like having a multi course meal for dinner. The final stretch of the series is obviously ending with a scoop (or two) of dessert (how classic). After doing my usual research aka reading tons of reviews, I chose to go to Piccolo Grande (means small big in Italian, according to Google translate).

This small cafe is at the edge of ByWard Market and we almost missed it. There is a lot of flavours to choose from, some gelato and some sorbet. They also have drinks, cakes and candy bars (the kind you’d find at a corner store).

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We were all full from dinner at Coaster’s Seafood Grill, so we decided to share two flavours; lemon sorbet and walnut gelato. The sorbet was really sour (just like eating a lemon) but unfortunately the walnut was stale (according to my parents).

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Piccolo Grande’s official website doesn’t seem to work. However, there’s a Facebook page, but it’s not really active.
Photos via Canon G12.

Inside Bobbette & Belle (Yonge location)

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Ever since Dennis has been buying cakes for family occasions, my mom has been dying to go to Bobbette & Belle for afternoon tea (or coffee).

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We had ordered two slices of cake; chocolate hazelnut (above) and carrot (bottom).

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I love their display of macarons, so cute and colourful! But sadly, I didn’t try them. Next time though!

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Lots of cakes on display! Loving the decorations too!

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There are plenty cakes and pastries to choose from. This is surely an inspirational shop with lovely decor, staff and atmosphere. Makes me want to open my own cafe!!

Check out Bobbette & Belle’s website and here for their Chocolate Hazelnut Cake I blogged about.