The long awaited thaw has happened and with fingers crossed, we can only hope that Mother Nature is finally going green. And while I like brunch anytime of the year, there is something about sunny
skies and a cool breeze that energizes and invites us to get out for a little “me time”. Therefore, cocktails avec brunch, s’il vous plait!
The French is from one of my favourite restaurant groups in Hamilton, Equal Parts Hospitality. A french bistro, with a cozy, yet elegant atmosphere. Service is always personable and attentive. It doesn’t seem to matter what time you arrive, the bistro is buzzing, so reservations are highly recommended. Brunch is served on weekends until 3pm, so you have all week to wait in anticipation. I’ve had lunch and dinner here but this was my first brunch experience. As expected, it was fantastic.
Brunch is family friendly, complete with high chairs and a children’s menu. If you are lucky, you can snag a seat by the front windows or sit at the chef’s table and watch all the magic happening. Hopefully, we are in the clear for snow (ahem, Mother Nature!), and as the temps rise, there will be patio seating to people watch along King William.
The French embraces the bistro style and offers something for everyone. If you are looking for simply coffee and pastry, they offer an assortment of croissant and scones or you can enjoy them while you wait for your mains. It’s brunch, go for it! With plates like duck waffles, pain perdu, avocado toast, eggs benedict, omelettes, tostado rancheros and the englishman, how does one choose?
After it was determined that a return visit needed to be planned, the first plate was the Tostada Rancheros. Three tortillas layered with smokey black beans, cheese, topped with salsa fresca, guacamole, poached eggs and finished with lime crema. The fresh flavours of the guac and salsa were perfect with the black beans and eggs. Those potatoes though. I could eat a plate of them! Salad was an option as a side, but do yourself a favour and get the potatoes. You are welcome.
Our other plate was ‘The Englishman’, a generous portion of bacon, sausage and eggs with sides of braised beans, those amazing potatoes and toasted brioche. This dish was a hearty portion to say the least. Perfect for those who prefer a traditional breakfast while the rest of us indulge ourselves in the chef’s bistro creations.
I only wished we had a third or fourth person with us so we could try more plates! I need a brunch alert that I can send out like the bat signal. The flow of the restaurant from seating to eating is a testament to it’s success. Such a smooth operation. Having a fantastic Chef de Cuisine at the helm helps too, delicious plates, Chef Forcier!
Ahh, another empty plate and contented appetite. We finished our brunch with a much needed walk along King William and James North and we may or may not have stopped for some chocolate and coffee. Do yourself a favour, embrace the arrival of spring like a long awaited friend and venture out for brunch at The French and don’t forget to tell me what was on your plate…