There was so much hype surrounding the opening of Foiegwa, that we feared that it would never live up to its hype. We hesitantly went for dinner only to be impressed by everything that we ate, click HERE for our review of their fabulous dinner and the adjoining Atwater Cocktail Club. When we heard that they were opening for brunch, we were more than happy to accept their invitation and try out their new menu.
If you know the Divas you know that it’s very rare that we get out of bed for brunch, therefore when we do we need to be blown away to make such a morning adventure worthwhile. Diva #1 and Sweet Pea were quite excited to try their diner style French bistro brunch that had delectable treats like a boursin omelette, ricotta blueberry pancakes, and other crosses between a French bistro and American diner. We even saw a cola float, and milkshakes on the menu!
We started with a cappuccino, latte and we were brought two delicious mimosas. Made with freshly squeezed orange juice, if you’re so inclined, a mimosa is a true brunch cocktail. But if that isn’t your thing they also serve a brunch Bloody Caesar with a chimichurri rim and celery bitters, as well as with vodka and mescal. Don’t forget that Foiegwa is associated with Atwater Cocktail Club next door, they know how to serve a serious cocktail.
We were intrigued by the eggs benedict with a crème fleurette hollandaise sauce, which means that crème fraiche is added to their hollandaise sauce, something that you don’t see very often. Our waitress informed us that the most tantalizing dish on the menu was the scrambled eggs with black truffle in a bordelaise sauce. Bordelaise sauce is a classic French sauce made traditionally with dry Bordeaux red wine, bone marrow, butter, shallots and a demi glace sauce.
Bordelaise sauce is often paired with meats; at Foiegwa it was heavenly over the scrambled eggs with the taste of black truffle coming through. Served with crusty and buttery baguette, so that no sauce or eggs are wasted, this was our favourite brunch dish. Since we opted for such a classic French bistro dish as our first plate, we decided to try the chicken and waffles as another. The perfect combination of French bistro meets American diner.
The chicken skin was perfectly crispy, not soggy, nor oily, and the chicken was tender. The waffle was a touch crispy, which is perfection as it sat in a pool of maple syrup which moistened it, but didn’t allow it to get soggy. A generous portion, a dollop of maple butter added another dimension to the already palatable dish. We were full and quite impressed with Foiegwa, once again living up to their high expectations!
Even though we are always inclined to choose savoury over sweet, we couldn’t leave without having dessert, the brioche French toast with a whipped maple butter and Chantilly cream. It wasn’t too sweet at all, and the perfect, albeit heavy end, to a great meal. We adore Foiegwa, and their brunch is no exception, if you wake up early enough for brunch, this should be your next stop!
Our Rating: Always on Thursdays
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