Goed Eten (Ossington)
Goed Eten, an Ossington staple for almost two years since its move from Kensington Market, is from the same people behind King East's Le Petit Dejeuner and has become known for its Brussels-style waffles that can be ordered, most notably, in sandwich form.
While waffle sandwiches might rule the day during the weekday lunch rush, we were here for a leisurely Saturday brunch and had our pick of non-sandwich brunch favourites from their All Day Breakfast selections including Eggs Benedict ($11), a breakfast crepe ($10), mushrooms and bacon on toast ($11), granola with yogurt ($7) and a couple of different omeletes ($10).
Diner chairs and tables, exposed brick, a wall-sized mural and retro Belgian beer paraphernalia fill the room, giving the restaurant more than a dose of character. As we snagged a table, we were promptly visited by a friendly server and after a few minutes had coffees and lattes ($3.50) in hand.
First up was a standard breakfast of poached eggs, red-fife toast, home fries and fruit (choice of bacon or fruit - $10). Although the homemade toast was hearty and fresh, the home fries were a bit bland and the eggs a bit hard. This dish was decent at best, and was a dull competitor in comparison to the other meals we ordered.
Next came a waffle pressed cheese sandwich, in the form of a Croque Madame ($10). Ham, Dijon and gouda pleasantly found its place within two perfectly crispy, buttery waffles and was topped with a too-gooey fried-egg sunny-side up. It was accompanied with perfectly crisp parsley-seasoned French fries and a tasty apple slaw with cucumbers and aioli.
My Two friends who ordered the Caramelized French Toast with Fresh Fruit & Whipped Cream ($10) and the Brussels Benjamin (waffle, poached egg, hollandaise and smoked salmon - $12), were both impressed with their meals. The French Toast was rich without being too sweet, and the Brussels Benjamin boasted a flavourful hollandaise which distinctly complemented the texture of the crisp waffle.
During our meal, the restaurant wasn't overwhelmingly busy, and the environment was laid-back and comfortable. Without feeling rushed, the service was consistently attentive. I'd come back to enjoy Goed Eten's speciality -- the waffles and waffle sandwiches, or one of the Belgian beers on tap (Affligem Blond, Fruuli and Delirium Tremens). Goed Eten is open for breakfast/brunch and lunch Wednesday through Sunday.
Writing and photos by Trish Starling