This morning we were wandering around to find a weekend brunch place, and thought we’d give Sciue a shot. It’s located just across from Urban Fare on Davie Street and hasn’t been there for too much more than a year or so, I believe.
Luckily, once we arrived, we had about 45 minutes left to order something from the brunch menu (which ends at 2 pm on weekends). Or maybe it wasn’t so lucky after all…
I often get an eggs benny of some sort when I’m out for breakfast food. There was quite a bit of selection on the brunch menu for various types of bennys, so we got two different ones.
Starting with the Benedict al Salmone – to take a quote from someone who shall not be named: “it tasted like lemon merengue fish ass.” This, I’d have to say, was something I have to agree with. There was a lemon cream cheese type spread along the bread and it just tasted like mixing dessert with some lox – not a good combination to start off our day. Also, the bread crust was really difficult to cut into, which can be particularly grating when you’re starving and just don’t need to make that kind of effort to actually eat a bite of food. It also came with a side skewer of fruit (a grape, cantaloupe, and a cube of watermelon) and some fried up potatoes. Nothing special there – fairly bland and the fruit wasn’t sweet.
The other option we had was the Benedict ai Spinaci. There was a lot of spinach, which was good, but it was really lacking in the amount of hollandaise. This was also just alright – not a whole lot of flavour and the same issues with the bread crust and fruit.
We also ordered some decaf lattes (mine with some almond syrup) to go with our meals. It was a bit strange though – we were waiting for our lattes, they finally brought our meal out, and I guess our coffees were sitting at the countertop for about 15 minutes and they hadn’t yet called out or figured out who they belonged to. Mind you, I know we could’ve gone up and asked, but we didn’t realize at the time that we were waiting for our drinks because, well, we hadn’t had our morning coffees yet! So, I had to give this one a bit of a lower rating for the fact that it wasn’t all that warm anymore by the time we drank them, and also since the staff didn’t notice and let them just sit around until they got really cold.
After still being hungry and not finishing off the breakfasts, we also got a blueberry scone. Again, we were a bit disappointed as it was doughy and probably undercooked. They get extra points though because when we mentioned it to them, they did give us a refund.
Next time I’m looking for some bland, not good brunch, I’ll remember to come back to Sciue. Or else I’ll just have to completely re-evaluate what I order and go for the flatbreads and other actual Italian pastries and paninis that are probably what actually give this place it’s good reputation. I think what we did was kind of like going to a steakhouse and ordering the chicken.
To be fair, I will return another time and provide updates on my thoughts upon ordering something different.