O’Thym: creative brunch menu with byow

Restaurant: O’Thym
Date: Sunday December 17th 2017
Table of: 6

For our annual bottomless brunch, we chose O’Thym in 2017. Technically, O’Thym isn’t a bottomless brunch spot, but because they are a byow restaurant, it basically equates to the same thing (and cheaper actually). So we all showed up with a bottle of sparkling wine each, for a total of 6 bottles. They also sell half litres of orange juice, so you can make your own mimosas.

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O’Thym (2017)
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O’Thym (2017)
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O’Thym (2017)
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#TurquoiseBlogBrunch (2017)
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Ready for byow brunch! (2017)

When we first got there, the restaurant was pretty empty at 10:30 am, but as time went on, every single table in the small restaurant was packed by noon. As for the menu, I would categorize O’Thym’s brunch menu as creative, as they add a creative spin on some more traditional brunch meals. For example, instead of serving a more traditional eggs Benedict dish with English muffins, ham, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce, their eggs Benedict is served over a glazed maple doughnut with rabbit medallions. In the end, 3/6 ordered the croissant Wellington, 2/6 ordered the grilled cheese and because I’m such a huge fan of eggs Benedict, I obviously ordered the eggs Benedict.

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Yogurt, granola and apples (2017)
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Yogurt, granola and apples (2017)

Before we received our meals, we were served a small “entrée” of yogurt, granola and apples. This was unexpected and very good, a great way to start off our brunch. I love it when restaurants make these small gestures 🙂

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Grilled cheese (2017)
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Croissant Wellington (2017)

When the meals arrived, they all looked delicious. Apart from the grilled cheese, all of the other dishes were very generous portions. Everyone seemed to enjoy their meals, as I did mine. I ended up tasting my friend’s croissant Wellington, which was minced Wagyu beef wrapped in phyllo pastry, just like a beef Wellington would be. I found the meat to be very good, flavourful and tender.

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Eggs Benedict over toasted baguette with rabbit medallions, a cheese sauce, roasted potatoes and a garden salad (2017)
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Eggs Benedict over toasted baguette with rabbit medallions, a cheese sauce, roasted potatoes and a garden salad (2017)

For my eggs Benedict, these were meant to be served over a maple glazed doughnut, but as I’m not a fan of mixing sweet and savoury together, I opted to have it served to me separately and to have it replaced with baguette instead. Therefore, I had eggs Benedict over toasted baguette with rabbit medallions, a cheese sauce, roasted potatoes and a garden salad. Overall the dish was very good, but not something I would re-order. For example, as good as the cheese sauce was, there really wasn’t much of it and I prefer my hollandaise sauce to be lathered all over my eggs. As well, this was only the second time in my life that I eat rabbit and so although the medallions were good, I would prefer to not eat rabbit meat again; personal preference. The sautéed potatoes were also good, but there was also another root vegetable mixed in? I can’t tell which, but it was much crunchier and so since I wasn’t expecting it, not too pleasing. The doughnut however was very good, nice and sweet and doughy.

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Chocolate churros (2017)

Some of my friends also ordered the chocolate churros, served with a rich chocolate dipping sauce, which they really enjoyed.

In the end, we only managed to finish off 5 of the 6 bottles, partially because we were told we had to leave by 1pm, as another group of 6 was expected and they needed our table. Personally, I didn’t like being told we had to leave, especially at 12:30. It would have been totally ok had I been notified over the phone when I made the reservation, that in the event that there was another large booking after ours, we would be asked to leave at x time, that would have been okay. Or even when we came in that morning. But being hustled to pay our bills at 12:30 and having to ask if we had to leave and being told yes because another group was expected and that we had “kind of been there for a long time now”, didn’t sit too well with me. This will definitely be something to keep in mind if we ever come back to O’Thym for brunch.

Overall, we had a great time and I personally enjoyed doing a byow brunch; something I’d never done before. We got to choose bottles of sparkling wine of our choice (none of that Hungaria crap) and not pay the $35+ we normally spend for bottomless. The food was also good, but definitely not memorable (for me anyways). I have my own criteria when it comes to reviewing restaurants, which I also use on my Instagram account (@elisebgravel). It’s very simple, there are only three points: the quality of the food (on 10), the price (from $ to $$$$$) and the following question: would I go back?

So, here is my review of O’Thym:

Food: 7.5/10
Price: $$$
Would I go back?: Yes because its byow, but I would try something else on the menu

 

 

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*All photos and opinions are mine

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