Restaurants for Saturday brunch in Hamilton
My friends and I will be visiting Hamilton this weekend, but we do not know where to go for brunch. We are looking for non-pub food, and places that have nice ambiance.
Someone has suggested to us that Lakeshore in Burlington has a few nice restaurants, but we don't have an exact name. We are willing to travel to Burlington or Hamilton.
Thanks in advance for help.
I have tried it and it's pretty good. Once you shake off the initial corporate/chain vibe, you find out there is more to this restaurant. For such a large and busy restaurant, they do seem to care about the food. The chef is from the Ancaster Old Mill; in fact, Spencer's has the same ownership as the Old Mill.
For appetizers, I liked the rocket salad, or steamed shrimp and chicken dumplings, or tomato tartlet. For mains, the stone-baked pizza is so-so: go for the wild salmon and pea risotto or the grilled quail pappardelle instead. There is also a ground prime rib burger with brie and portobello mushroom for $14.50; it can hit $31 with the addition of foie gras and bacon. They go as far as defining rare, medium rare, medium well, etc. in the menu; the strange thing is that they totally overcooked mine and I had to send it back. The second time was much closer but still not exactly there; I elected not to send this one back and it was delicious.
The desserts are pretty good too. There is usually a trio of creme brulees tied together by a theme. Recently, it was a pie theme so there was a lemon meringue, pumpkin, and apple-cinnamon.
The wine selection is decent, the lakeside view is very nice, and the service is good to excellent.
The menu on their website has not been updated but it will give you the idea:
One Duke (www.oneduke.ca) was renovating last week, but I think is supposed to open again this w/e. It's not fancy, but I ate lunch there 3 weeks ago and was really impressed - good, fresh (READ: not pre-prep'd) food. It was really good value & good quality.
If they have re-opened, it's a really good breaky/brunch spot.
Other places to try include:
Mediterraneo on Plains Rd. in Burlington, Mediterranean food that is beyond the ordinary. Their burgers are upscale and to die for. The white chocolate macadamia nut butter tart with Bailey's ice cream is worth the trip alone.
I don't know if La Luna (King St. at Queen St. in Hamilton) is open at noon on Saturdays, but they are good for a nice light Mediterranean meal.
re: Mike from Hamilton
I agree that the butter tart at Mediterraneo is quite good. I thought that there was something familiar about it - I must have tried a variation of it when Chef Shawn Rocchi was at Dody's Oyster Bar & Grill in Waterdown. I liked the burgers with the international toppings (Greek, Italian, Indian). It reminded me of Caddie's Restaurant (late 80's, early 90's) - they had a long list of ground sirloin burgers with international-styled toppings. Caddie's (now the Pheasant Plucker) also had a cart come around with various homemade chutneys and condiments. I miss that place!
In Hamilton, it's not so easy to find a good restaurant that is open noon-time on a Saturday ... as I found out when I tried to get together with some friends earlier this year.
I'm pretty sure that that Chagall's in the Sheraton Hotel (116 King St. West, 905-529-5515) is open at that time. I know that they have a Sunday brunch and a $14 lunch buffet during the week - I don't know what the menu is like on Saturday.
I know that you said that you weren't looking for pub food but you may want to try Slainte's Irish Pub. This is where I ended up with my friends; they were pleased with having the option of choosing breakfast items (until 3pm) or slightly upscale pub fare.
If you're in the mood for Chinese food, there is Le Chinois at 173 King St. East. You must try the Orange Beef!
Two places in Downtown Burlington (and close to the Lakeshore) that you may want to try are:
Paradiso (Village Square, Pine & Elizabeth St., 905-525-0309). Good Mediterreanean fare with lots of choices.
Pane Fresco: 414 Locust St., 905-333-3388. It's mostly a bakery (so there are a lot of fresh baked goods and breads) but they also do some nice pizzas, paninis, and even some amazing gelatos. Seating is available in the bakery (for people-watching) and just outside the bakery in the adjoining building (for a little more privacy). A great Saturday afternoon spot.