Readers, I wanted to give you another brunch post, and was soooo excited to try the Cornmeal Lemon Pancakes with whipped blueberry butter and maple syrup at Fresh Restaurant in the Radisson Hotel. But then my body was like “it’s the May Long Weekend, and I’m going to move slowly,” and I didn’t get out of the house until 11:30am. By the time I’d arrived, after 12pm, breakfast was done. I (almost) wept.
Instead, I had a look at their lunch menu, and as soon as I spotted “Beef Dip” I felt good again! The words “shaved roast beef” and “rosemary garlic au jus” are incredibly consoling when one is mourning the loss of cornmeal lemon pancakes, and soon I was eagerly anticipating some melted Swiss cheese.
Fresh Restaurant was relaxed, stylish, and very quiet yesterday, probably because of the long weekend. I shared the whole place with just one other family, whose kids asked awesome questions like “can you imagine a meatball the size of this town??” Well NOW I’m going to!
My beef dip with salad arrived fairly quickly, and was the perfect May Long lunch.
The shaved beef was tender, thickly-stacked, topped with slices of melted Swiss, and served on a soft ciabatta bun.
It was good, but what made it REALLY good was the reduced rosemary garlic au jus it came with. I love love love rosemary, and think it should exist in every au jus from now until forever, and ever, amen. It was rich, savoury, and wildly flavourful.
I chose green salad as my side, which was a simple combo of crisp lettuces and greens, with an olive oil blackberry dressing. I would have preferred the dressing to be tossed in with the greens rather than drizzled on top, but that’s just being picky.
For a mere $12, I was really pleased with this meal.
However, I still went home and looked up pancake recipes right away. I’ve got cakes on the brain, obviously, and I discovered many delicious-looking things that I plan on making soon. I’ll share some below, and maybe one of these days I’ll make it to the Radisson for theirs! Don’t forget they also serve prime rib with Yorkshire pudding on Fridays and Saturdays.
And now, a pancake roundup:
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes by Calgary’s fabulous Dinner with Julie:
More Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, but this time with sauteed apples, by Smitten Kitchen:
Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes from Joy the Baker:
Crepes with Lemon Curd and Blueberry Compote from Food52:
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