The Oeufs-en cocotte came with two medium-baked eggs on top of stewed tomatoes, roasted red pepper, and then topped with some herb potato chips, served with their sourdough and house butter. This came out nice and hot, and in an cast iron serving dish. The tomatoes were nice and zesty, and the baked eggs added a nice savoury and umami flavour. It was nice and creamy and went well with the sourdough bread and house butter. Also a nice dish, but I think I preferred the crèpes just a little bit more.
We also got a side of bacon, because, you know, you can never have too much bacon, right? This was a sizeable portion for a side. It was nice and thick cut bacon. A little bit on the salty side, but it went well with both of our dishes.
Overall, I really enjoyed my experience at Café Linnea. The venue is nice and open, and it gets a lot of natural light. I enjoy the ambiance of the establishment. I also like how it’s a no-tipping establishments, and the gratuity is already built into the price. (No longer no tipping establishment). The food is pretty good, and it changes pretty frequently, so if you want to know what is being served, be sure to check out their website!
Updated Post February 2019
I came back last weekend with my friend Amanda and Matt who were visiting from out of town. I always try to choose really tasty places for them to try for when they come to visit!
For food on this occasion, I tried the Chicken and Dumpling soup, the house gravlax, the Linnea Benny, and the roast beef tartine.
The chicken and dumpling soup comes with smoked chicken broth, herbed dropped dunplings, and tender vegetables. This was nice and heart soup that was great for a cold winter day. I really liked the smokiness from the broth. Great and tasty soup.
Next was their Roast Beef Tartine. This was my favourite thing of my brunch. Tender beef, horseradish, pickled onions, aleppo pepper aioli, and pickled mustard seeds. Sooo good! My favourite bites from brunch. Beef was nice and tender. Their pickled mustard seeds are available for purchase at the front! Sooo good.
Their House gravlax is house-cured salmon served on a beet & potato pancake, topped with dill capers, pickled shallot, crème fraîche, and grated horseradish. Overall, I really liked the flavours of this dish, but I thought it could use just a touch more salmon. I found that the ratio of beet/potato pancake to salmon was just a bit off and ended up wanting a bit more by the end of the dish.
The smoked chicken pot pie was one of my favourite dishes as well. Smoked chicken, carrots, peas, and bechamel under a pastry dome, served with a green salad. This dish was served pipping hot and great for a cold day. It was a very warm and comforting food to eat. The bechamel was really nice and brought everything together and the pastry dome was flakey and delicious. Definitely recommend!
Lastly we had their Linnea Benny. House smoked meat, poached eggs, topped with their brown butter hollandaise on top of a rosemary biscuit. So good! I really liked the brown butter hollandaise and how it’s served on a biscuit rather than a english muffin. Great for soaking up the hollandaise. It’s a bit decadent but served with a green salad on the side so you don’t have to feel too bad!
Overall, an excellent brunch at Cafe Linnea! I’ve never had a a bad brunch there and often recommend their brunch to out of town guests!