30 Vine Street, Hamilton, Ontario
Hamilton is spoiled when it comes to brunch options (The Beverly on Locke, Papa Leos, The French – I’m looking at you!). Adding to this delicious plethora of morning munchies is Nique’s brunch menu. I was lucky enough to get invited to a free brunch tasting at Nique with my friend Sid Friedman.
Here’s what I experienced:
After much deliberation over the tasting-looking options (seriously we took forever – sorry to the lovely girl serving us!), I went with the Beet Rosti and Sid with the Smoked Brisket Benedict.
On the side, a fresh-squeezed blood orange mimosa to share and bottomless coffee. Both were delish, and since I had yet to have my morning caffeine, that bottomless mug was heartily appreciated.
Beets aren’t my fave thing ever, but I was in the mood to try something different. I’m so glad I went with this option, and would definitely order it again. First off, it was way bigger than I expected, with 3 hearty rosti’s made of shredded beets and topped with two poached eggs, goat cheese, hollandaise, candied walnuts and pickled onions.
Sid went with the Smoked Brisket Benedict with BBQ Brisket, 1000 Island Hollandaise, and a Poached Egg for his main. He was generous enough to share half of it with me – thanks Sid! – by this point I was already stuffed to the gills with eggs, but ya gotta do it for the experience, right? I was pleasantly surprised with the flavours of this one. It was a yummy, classic eggs benny with the addition of the tender, sweet brisket.
We finished off with a “Dutch Baby” dessert. Everyone that I had told that name to, laughed, but I got the last laugh because I got to try it. Ha. Ha.
The server described the Dutch Baby as a pancake-type thing with a sweet berry compote in a cast iron pan that would fold over itself when baked. I’m not the type to order a whole pancake order for a meal, but this had a very different texture! It was almost like a soufflé without a risen centre. Underneath the berry compote was a soft, almost custard like texture dessert, while the edges of the pastry stayed crisp. You do basically need every utensil to eat this one, but it is so worth it.
All in all, everything was A-Plus and it was great catching up with an old bud. Looking forward to my next brunch experience at Nique!
#MediaEvent – Thank you to Nique Restaurant and TasteHamont for arranging this free media event. This post is sponsored, but the opinions are my own.