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Suwu on the Main

A few weeks ago I received an email inviting me to try SuWu's new brunch menu.  Normally I ignore those emails as I like trying and reviewing places anonymously, but for some reason I responded and set a date to try out their menu.  This past Saturday a dear friend and I headed over to the main to sample some of what SuWu has to offer. 

The decor at SuWu has a rustic laid back feel to it.  I felt at home right away and really enjoyed the warm environment.   My friend and I really liked all the old wood tables, rustic lighting and I cannot forget the bar.  

The bar is white and black with old school designs all over it - boom boxes from the 90's and lots more fun stuff.  It has a very 90's feel, especially when you take into account the awesome old school rap and other tunes that play on their sound system.  

Getting back to the food side of SuWu, my friend and I both chose the iced coffee, one virgin and one spiked with Grand-Marnier.  Served in a chilled beer mug and topped with a few berries, the spiked ice coffee was absolutely delicious.  Not too heavy on the liquor and not too sweet this refreshing coffee drink was the perfect way to start off brunch on a very hot Saturday.  The regular iced coffee came unsweetened - loved this as I normally hate when my iced coffee is too sweet.  They serve a simple syrup on the side so that each individual can sweeten the coffee to their liking.  

Glancing over their brunch menu, we both noticed that the Mac n cheese grilled cheese we had heard so much about wasn't offered for brunch.  We decided to ask if they could make us one, since we really wanted to try it and to our surprise they made one for us without any hesitation - thanks guys!  At first glance I knew this was going to be good.  The bread was not pressed down but left alone on the grill to toast evenly - a huge plus as I hate smushed sandwiches.  The grilled cheese mac n cheese was really yummy and we both enjoyed it. 

The mac n cheese was flavoured really well, the combination of cheeses used really complimented each other.  I love chives in my mac n cheese and loved the flavour it brought to the sandwich.   I am not one to dip a grilled cheese into ketchup, but for those of you who do enjoy this, SuWu came up with their own home-made twist.  The mac n cheese grilled cheese is served with their home-made version of ketchup.  I loved the idea but didn't love the ketchup. I found it to be a bit too sweet, but still a great idea!  

Next came the "Breakfast tartare." My friend and I are both huge tartare lovers and we knew instantly that this was a must.  A delicious toasted Montreal bagel topped with salmon tartare, sweet pickled onions, capers, a poached egg and a softened cream cheese, this dish was not only appealing to the eye, but to our tummies as well.  I am always hesitant to order poached eggs as most places tend to over cook them, this was not the case a SuWu.  My friend and I both commented immediately that the eggs were perfectly poached as we scoffed down the entire plate. The salmon tartare was seasoned really nicely and went really well with the cream cheese and egg.  The sweet pickled onions were a perfect compliment to the tartare and salty capers.  We really enjoyed this dish not only the taste, but the creativity behind the dish as well.  

As we finished up the last bit of tartare, we started on the baked egg in an avocado with roasted veggies. The creativity behind this dish is what made us order it, we both really like avocados and roasted veggies so why not have them with an egg for breakfast.  We each grabbed our portion and dug right in.  The avocado was soft and perfectly ripe, the egg was a bit under-cooked but still edible.  The roasted veggies on top were a bit on the mushy side and lacking a bit of flavour.  We both loved the idea behind this dish but found it to be bland, unseasoned and lacking some depth.  Still a great idea for a healthy low-carb brunch dish - just needs a little boost in the flavour department.  

I was surprised to see a version of potato kugel, shredded potatoes and onions baked until crispy  basically the Jewish version of fried hash-browns.  I am a huge lover of breakfast potaotes, especially kugel, and liked their version but thought it could have been more flavourful.  I thought it was lacking salt and maybe some onions to add flavour to the crispy non greasy potatoes - but that being said anything, half fried and crispy involving potatoes is ok in my books!

Our brunch would not have been complete without some home-made jams, toast and berries.  SuWu serves up their toast and jams in a large dumpling steamer basket - loved this!  The jams were absolutely delicious, we ate them with a spoon - yes that good!  The berries served were delicious too, I think they were slightly braised or poached, whatever it was they were damn good!   

I have to say that we had a great brunch at SuWu, whether it was because they knew I would be reviewing it or not I still loved the atmosphere and enjoyed their food.   I definitely want to go back for their dinner menu and see what the night atmosphere at SuWu is like.   

So my friends and I decided to stop by SuWu one night for a 5 a 7.  We arrived and got a table right away.  Service was awful, we waited twenty minutes to be acknowledged and then after ordering the service did get better.  We ordered a poutine, grilled mac n cheese and two drinks.  The Broopklyn's finest was delicious sour and mojito-esque.  My SuWu Caesar was quite tasty, not the best but pretty darn good.   

The grilled mac n cheese was burnt and nowhere near as flavourful as the first time I had it.  The poutine was over salty and really not good - needless to say we barely ate it.  

A few days later I passed by again for brunch.  Arriving at 2pm, we waited over fifteen minutes for someone to seat us.  We finally gave up and grabbed our own table.  Ten minutes later we still hadn't been acknowledged by any waiter so we were forced to waive one down.  As we were served menus and ordered drinks, we were informed that they had closed the kitchen and no food was available.  Thirty minutes later our drinks still hadn't arrived!  The waiter was very apologetic, but he did serve his buddies who arrived way after us first!  I was so disappointed and turned off from this place.  We drank our drinks, paid our bill and walked out!  The table of three sitting next to us did the same, except they didn't even bother to finish their drinks.  Maybe their drinks were as poorly made as ours - my Brooklyn's finest was almost undrinkable.    

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