There are those that eat to live and there are those that live to eat. I happen to fall into the latter group. I love eating. It is easily the greatest pleasure for life. I’d rather die (relatively) young eating what I wanted than live to over 100 avoiding sugar and counting calories. Life without delicious, indulgent, fattening food is just life not worth living to me. My recent trip to Linh Cafe just reaffirms my philsophy. They are a small, but apparently quite popular restaurant in Kits that serves French-Vietamese fusion food. I’ve been wanting to try them out for quite some time, ever since hearing about the Breakfast Poutine that’s apparently on their menu. Of course, that was what I ended up ordering when I finally got the chance to check them out this week. Now you do have the option of adding sausage or lobster to the dish for an extra $ (or $$$ in the case of the lobster), and I did consider adding sausage, but they had some tasty-looking desserts on display and I wanted to save my wallet (and stomach) for those.
Poutine Breakfast ($14.95):
This consisted of fries covered in gravy, onions, scallions, swiss cheese and ham, and topped with a poached egg. The dish was just fantastic. The fries were crispy (until they got soaked in the gravy of course) and well-seasoned, the gravy was flavourful and had pepper in it, which added a nice bit of fragrance and heat. The egg was perfectly cooked, and had a nice runny yolk (which I personally didn’t really care for, but sure makes a nice picture). Now I know that this poutine isn’t “authentic” in the sense that they used swiss cheese instead of cheese curds, but I seriously couldn’t care less: I love gooey melted cheese.
The dish was served with a small side of salad as well as some bread and butter. The bread was just wonderful: crispy on the outside while soft and fluffy on the inside. You can eat it with the butter, but I actually used it to mop up all the leftover gravy from my poutine.
Even without the sausage, the poutine was quite filling and I was actually full after finishing it (imagine that!), so much so in fact that I skipped dessert… Just kidding! But I did decide to get the desserts to-go to eat later, as I had to get back to work and I didn’t want to be in a complete food coma. I picked a slice each of their Lemon Tart and a Chocolate Tart. I also got two mini croissants for my mom.
Lemon Tart ($5):
The curd was creamy and bursting with a great tangy flavour from the lemon. The crust was tender and cut quite easily. It was a little soft and soggy due to the curd, but that didn’t really bother me too much.
Chocolate Tart ($5):
The filling was creamy, dense, rich, with a fantastic bittersweet chocolate flavour. The crust was again tender and cut easily. It was a bit on the blond side, but that didn’t really bother me too much. I personally would rather have a slightly underdone crust than a burnt/bitter one.
I didn’t actually eat these, I gave them to my mom. She appeared to like them.
My experience at Linh Cafe has reminded me of the reason why I love eating so much. Their food is seriously delicious. I highly recommend checking this restaurant out. Do be prepared for waits though, depending on when you visit: the restaurant wasn’t busy when I initially arrived at 1:00, but it did quickly fill up and there was actually a small line when I left the place about an hour later (and it’s probably even busier during the weekends).