The Good Place

Getting brunch in this city can be harder than scoring a second date because everywhere you turn, you can bet your bottom dollar you’ll be waiting in line. Some places just feel good inside though and for me, Roundel Cafe is that good place.

Must have been fate that I stumbled upon this gem of a cafe because I’ll admit I wasn’t looking for this place at first but love has a funny way of sneaking up on you when you least expect it.

Working in the area that fateful day, I emerged from a dark room mid afternoon in dire need of fresh air and speedy sustenance in the form of soup and bread. Walked into another cafe at first and was denied but told to check out Roundel because their soup is top notch, and boy was it.

Since then, I now eagerly look await the days I get to work in the area just for my 30 minutes of daybreak heaven – Soup and Buttered Toast for $6!

Today we are not talking about soup and toast though. Today we are talking about their brunch because I do not do brunch on account of having to wait in lines and put on pants too early in the morning, but I do do brunch if it is at Roundel Cafe.

The quirky restaurant with its neighbourhood diner vibe was full but we only had a short 5-10 minute wait and what’s a small wait if you’re in good company sitting outside on their cheery turquoise seats? No wait at all.

Full Disclosure – I won a contest with them and had a gift certificate so my meal was free but I would go again and I would pay my own money to boot.

Opted for the Fresh Tomato, Brie, and Green Onion Omelette ($12.95) this morn. Simple and fresh, with a small side of pan fried potatoes and two slices of toast – what a civilized affair. Pan potatoes were on the dry side but that also means they didn’t taste like a pile of grease.

In hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have gone for the brie omelette because I don’t tend to favour mounds of brie all at once but we all make mistakes and next time i’ll just opt for the Ham and Cheddar.

Ian dived head first into their Benny of the Day because he lives every day as if it’s his last and he could not have been happier.

Braised Carne Con Chile (Pulled Beef) with Havarti and Habanaro Hollandaise ($12.95) was straight up his alley with fiery kick from the habaneros cutting the richness from the havarti and hollandaise.

Whoever told you this isn’t exactly what you were looking for after a HIIT class on a Saturday morning at 11 am was lying to you.

Yes – Free for me this time, but would I pay to go again next time?

The food is very decent here and the prices competitive but don’t get it fooled – the real magic in this place is the service and you just cannot put a price on that.

Every time I step in, the ladies welcome me with a chipper greeting and a cheery smile and if I had to liken it to anything, it would be the Cheers of brunch places.

Wouldn’t you like to get away? Sometimes you just want to go where everybody knows your name. And they’re always glad you came.

Roundel Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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