On a cool December weekend, we decided to grab some brunch from the Homer Street Cafe and Bar. I’d walked past this place many times, and wanted to try it. This was finally the time for it to happen.
I made reservations on Open Table, and arrived about 15 minutes early. Our table was waiting for us, and we were immediately led to it.
The original Homer Street Cafe (up until the early 2000s) was a dingy greasy spoon serving chinese & western cuisine. It closed and the entire building (being a heritage building) was renovated and restored, and the restaurant reopened in the 2014.
The current format of the establishment is a casual upscale french style bistro specializing in rotisserie chicken. The menu goes well beyond chicken, though, including simply but elegantly prepared steak, lamb, and seafood, as well as a full service cocktail bar.
Since it was a weekend, the brunch menu was in place, as well as the regular menu.
My brunch companion ordered the pulled-chicken eggs benny. This is an eggs benedict with harissa pulled chicken instead of ham, topped with a poached egg, hollendaise sauce, pickled onions, and roasted new potatoes.
I ordered the Quarter rotisserie chicken. The HSCB is known for their rotisserie, so I went with the roast chicken.
This is a quarter chicken, slow roasted on the rotisserie, and served with coleslaw, and a the house jus.
I was offered the choice of fries, roasted potatoes or salad, and I chose the salad.
This was pretty good chicken. I normally prefer dark meat, but received a breast and wing. It’s so common for chicken breast to be overcooked and dry, but this was not. The skin was lightly crisp on some sides. It was warm and tender, and the side dish of red win jus was thick and rich, and accented with rosemary and fennel. The salad was fresh and crisp, and lightly dressed in a tart vinaigrette. The coleslaw was pretty good. It was fresh and crisp and lightly tart.
The room is gorgeous, combining crisp Mediterranean inspired decor and industrial lighting and glass. It was bright, airy and boisterous.
The service was cheerful and enthusiastic. Our server, I suspect, was inexperienced. He had difficulty answering some simple questions (like “Do you have english breakfast tea?” and “If I order a quarter chicken, is it a front quarter or hind quarter”.