41 King Street West
We are on a constant search for new breakfast/brunch places and today was no exception. I decided that I would check out Urbanspoon's picks for the Hamilton area and stumbled across Detour Coffee Roasters Cafe.
Their website focused more on their coffee then their cafe but once I found their menu and investigated what they had to offer, I was sold. It read beautifully. I also loved the fact that they were located in Dundas, Ontario. Dundas is a great little town on the boarders of Hamilton that is quickly becoming an escape for Torontonians. I also loved Dundas because I'm a McMaster University graduate and would always drive through Dundas on my way to or from university.
Dundas is hip in my opinion and Detour Coffee Roasters Cafe fits it perfectly. As you drive down the main strip, you will see this beautifully laid out cafe. It has a certain street appeal. Once you walk in, it is much like any other cafe. There's a coffee bar showcasing their desserts and baked goods. The kitchen is through the back and it's open to the main dining room so you can watch the action taking place. There are even church pews being used for seating. This is a beautiful room. Comfortable and welcoming. There is also a large outdoor space which is lovely in the warm weather.
We ordered coffee to begin and a fresh squeezed orange juice for our son. The coffee was bold in flavour. It was very good. For my brunch I ordered the Salmon Egg Benedict. It is described on their menu as "house-made chive biscuit, two poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce, Ocean wise smoked salmon with an oven-roasted tomato.
This was so delicious. The biscuit was tender and flavourful. The salmon was delectable with the right amount of smokiness. The poached eggs done to perfection. Finally the Hollandaise was so good, completing the dish perfectly. The oven-roasted tomato was a pleasant surprise. There was a little spice, nutmeg and mace sprinkled on top. It was the perfect accompaniment.
We decided to have a slice of the carrot cake to end our brunch. I love carrot cake and this one was exceptional. The cake was filled with coconut and walnuts. The cream cheese icing was one of the best I have ever eaten.
Overall, our brunch at Detour Coffee Roasters Cafe was excellent. I was happy when I left. I love places like this. Go to Dundas and have brunch here...you will definitely not regret it!
In his opinion:
Where can you find an amzing coffee place that serves pastries like you were in France, provides nearly fine dining type food and has great service and staff?
In Dundas, Ontario as it seems. This particular gem seems to be the best kept secret for anyone outside of Dundas. Located on King Street West, it is hard to miss and even harder not to return to it once you have experienced it.
It is primarily a coffee house with a tremendous selection of coffees and also teas. Along with your beverage you may enjoy a scone, cookies, muffins and a pletora of assorted pastries, all baked fresh daily in the premises.
We decided to try Detour for brunch and the more I looked at the menu, the more it looked appetizing. Great selections of breakfast sandwich, eggs benedict and house made bagel and lox to name a few. Also great choices of baked goods and side orders.
The decor is simple but cozy, effective in a Parisian kind of way and let's not forget the adjacent patio that looks very inviting in warmer days. Let me start by saying that the coffee was exquisite and I didn't have anything out of the ordinary, just the house blend. I do love my coffee and know a good cup of Java when I have it and this one was surely it. Must go back to try an espresso and one of the speciality coffee very soon
I opted for the Detour Hash for my breakfast. This consisted of red skin new potatoes, sweet peppers, sweet potato and baby spinach with red and green onions. It was topped off with salsa verde, poached eggs and Detour smoked meat. Everything was full of flavour, individually tasty but complimentary together through every bite. The presentation (below) matched well with the flavour and the taste of every item, making it an instant hit with me.
Everything is made fresh and on the spot, even the orange juice was freshly squeezed and packed a punch of flavour, something we are only used to in fine dining restaurants or Spain. I have heard that they do sometimes run out of some items on the menu but that's understandable given the "made fresh" complexity of the daily supply and demand.
The Good: Great location, inviting cafe that just happens to serve excellent coffee, great hot food, as well as baked goods.
The Bad: Why isn't it located in my home city and why haven't I heard of this before?
The Verdict: Truly a gem in downtown Dundas, already a staple with the locals but out of town foodies take notice, this is a must try over and over. Super friendly, well informed and engaging staff makes the experience even better.
I give them 3 Olives out of 5 as rating