Chow Down in Cowtown – Brunch @ The BottleHouse
Chow Down in Cowtown is an (almost!) weekly account of Calgary’s most awesome eats from Ceci n’est pas un food blog.
Breakfast with Tiffany again. This time we decided to check out The BottleHouse on the corner of Memorial Dr and 10 Ave NW, otherwise known as the “doomed corner” for the short lives of the previous eating establishments. The BottleHouse is still going strong, and its weekend brunch – particularly their Hollandaise sauce – gets rave reviews.
The BottleHouse is a spacious pub with large windows that let in a lot of natural light. When Tiffany and I went a few Saturdays ago (on a Market Collective weekend) the place wasn’t too busy. Their brunch menu consists of mainly egg-based dishes (eggs with different breakfast sides, omelettes, eggs bennies) plus a short list of “sweet treats” like waffles, French toast, pancakes and granola. You can also “create your own” breakfast by ordering from their list of sides.
I had the Super Trooper ($11.25, pictured above), which was sort of a breakfast hash with hash browns, veggies and Hungarian sausage topped with two eggs (my choice: poached) and their signature Hollandaise sauce.
The hash browns were probably my favourite part of the dish – perfect cubes of crispy, battered potato. I also loved the slices of mild sausage and the creamy, buttery Hollandaise, but in the end the dish was a little too heavy (I was “egged out” from the two poached eggs and the Hollandaise) and I ended up leaving about a quarter of it on my plate.
Tiffany had the O Canada Omelette ($13.25), which came with ham (no Canadian bacon?), green onions, mushrooms, tomato and marble cheddar.
The picture doesn’t look like much, but under that top egg layer was a mound of toppings that were barely held together by the rest of the omelette. (BottleHouse’s omelettes are cooked frittata-style) I don’t think Tiffany was able to finish her brunch either.
I have read previous reviews of inefficient service at The BottleHouse (i.e. lots of waitresses standing around when it’s not busy) but overall we had a pretty good experience. I would go back again for some pre-Market Collective fuel, but I will probably be splitting a dish next time.
102 10 St NW
Calgary AB T2N 1V3