Trinity Bellwoods, Toronto
L’ouvrier was a last minute brunch decision over the weekend; I wasn’t sure what to expect except that it had a pretty appetizing menu. After arriving we waited a short while for a table and I had a quick chat with the waitress about the idea behind L’ouvrier. It’s based on contemporary Canadian cuisine that’s sourced as locally as possible, ideally within 100km of Toronto
We got seated and placed our orders, my friend ordered the French toast while I went for the potato rosti with smoked trout and we decided to share their grilled cheese, I also ordered extra house hot sauce and an extra pickle to go with it.
All the food came out at once and the grilled cheese caught my eye; it was served oozing cheese and a mound of fries.
I started with the rosti; it was served with smoked Lovell Springs trout, sour cream, arugula, fried shallots and capers, it was a really fresh and clean meal for something centred on a circle of fried potato. To fully enjoy the dish it’s best when you’ve mixed it and get a bite of everything together.
I tried a bit of my friends French toast and he and I agreed that it was also very clean, no oily skillet taste and it didn’t leave you feeling like you’re eating something you’ll regret. My only problem was that was too simple, not a large amount of flavour from the egg soak and served very lightly with maple although the bacon did help, still, something that I couldn’t justify paying for.
Lastly the Grilled cheese, served with smoked west grey brisket, Montreal spice, mustard call on house made k2 milling rye bread, the sandwich was full of flavour, layers of cheese and juicy brisket were a perfect match on their dense bread; in the end more like a pressed Reuben sandwich but still a great order; the fries, hot sauce and pickles were on point, all house made and also absolutely delicious.
I was impressed with 2/3 of the dishes I had at L’ouvrier; simple, slightly contemporary and delectable food, there’s no doubt I will be heading back and try dinner there sometime.