The Charles Bar : Sunday Brunch

Who would’ve known—but The Charles Bar serves brunch, every Sunday too! Through word of mouth, we headed there this morning to check it out.

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We arrived at around 11 am and were surprised to find this place absolutely empty.  We were a bit skeptical on staying as we were the only ones in the restaurant, but we decided to give it a go regardless.

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Through the grapevine I found out that The Charles Bar was previously offering 2 for 1 breakfast—and from noticing the lack of costumers today, I could see why. Although they don’t offer this two for one anymore, they now do 3 buck drink specials with the purchase of brunch. The drinks are the typical brunch suspects (mimoas, caesers, etc).

For breakfast we decided on the Pulled Pork Eggs Benny, the Bacon Chicken Frittata and the Ranchero Benny.

First off was the Pulled Pork Eggs Benny $12 (Pulled Pork, English Muffin, Poached Eggs, Fresh Made Citrus Hollandaise and Seasoned Hashbrowns).  Pulled pork and eggs benny has got to be one of my all time favourite things—but sadly it wasn’t executed properly here. The pulled pork in the middle of my eggs benny was cold and the hollandaise was bland and not near lemon-y enough. If you are going to reheat pork – please do it for long enough!

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Though, the homefries served on the side were nice, crispy and well seasoned.

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Although we appreciated the gluten free option, the Bacon & Chicken Frittata (11.50 Caramelized Onions, Hickory Smoked Bacon, BBQ Chicken, Smoked Mozzarella, 3 Whipped Eggs, Green Onion and Seasoned Hashbrowns) was painfully average. The frittata itself was well cooked but the flavours were not bold enough and we found this dish to be overall boring. The same went for the Ranchero Benny $10 (Fresh Corn Tortillas, Cajun Sauteed Vegetables, Avocado, Poached Eggs, Fresh Made Citrus Hollandaise and Seasoned Hashbrowns).

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The best part of my entire meal had got to be the 3-buck mimosa.

The best way to put brunch at The Charles Bar is that it wasn’t BAD but it wasn’t GOOD either. I ended up spending around 16 bucks and felt disappointed because I know I could’ve gotten much better food anywhere else in the neighbourhood.

When you have a venue set up somewhere with so much neighbouring competition you REALLY need to bring something to the table. Painfully average food will leave your restaurant, well, empty.

-R

*First image sourced from bradyahmerdesign .

 

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