CBC Homestretch Brunch Club: The Nash and Off Cut Bar

This past week I visited a spot that has been at the top of my “to-go” list this year, Chef Michael Noble’s 2nd restaurant: The Nash and Off Cut Bar, located on the main floor of a 3-storey brick building in Inglewood’s historic National Hotel.

IMG_7114We arrived for brunch without reservations at about 12:45pm and had no problem getting a table in the dining room. The 100-seat main area is bright and open with lots of natural light coming in from the surrounding windows. The neutral palette of the white walls, wood floors and light grey painted ceiling makes the room feel contemporary and details like the oversized black and white aerial map of Calgary on the back wall bring back the historical roots of the building. Brass accented globe lights and a mix of high and low wood tables with comfortable blueish-grey upholstered dining chairs were custom made to tie the whole space together.

The Off Cut Bar adds an additional 50 seats to the restaurant and has a dark and moody ambience inspired by prohibition-era speakeasy decor. On the left is a long cast pewter topped bar is lined with leather and plaid upholstered chairs. On the far wall you will find two framed montage of mug shots of Calgary convicts. The highlight of the room for me are the reclaimed boxcar wood tabletops that sit atop gold painted cast iron radiators (which were original from the hotel).

In the summertime, they open up their 24-seat south-facing patio for guests looking to get some sunshine while they enjoy their meals.

11811525_483092691865629_6059056236122647516_nThe brunch menu has a range of unique dishes made from ingredients sourced from local suppliers and producers. For starters, you could try the gem leaf salad with pulled chicken cooked in the restaurant’s large rotisserie. For something lighter, the long line ahi tuna seared rare served on a rice noodle salad is a good choice. In the mood for something sweet? I’ve been told the oversized “must have cinnamon bun” is a popular choice and is featured in variations every week.

For mains, there are plenty of entrees for the carnivores including duck confit perogies, hickory smoked beef brisket and even chicken and waffles if you are looking for that sweet and savoury combo. Most of the mains range from $10-$19 and higher for the more lunch-centric dishes like the flat-iron steak and quarter rotisserie chicken.

I started off their prosecco orange juice mimosa and went with their take on the classic bacon and eggs ($15). The dish is served with two eggs your way, toast and jam, zucchini olive tomato caponata, rosti potato and a thick slice of THE BEST bacon I’ve ever had (which is double smoked for extra flavour). The meal was well-balanced, the only complaint I would have is the cherry jam was quite runny and more syrupy than fruity.

IMG_7113IMG_7111My husband ordered The Hangover Breakfast ‘Pizza’ ($15) which he really enjoyed. The flatbread was garnished with huevos rancheros toppings, a generous layer of sour cream and topped with 2 sunnyside up eggs and pico de gallo.

IMG_7110My sister-in-law had the daily feature, the Banana Bread French Toast topped with fresh blackberries and a scoop of hazelnut ice cream. The banana bread is surprisingly light in texture and had just the right amount of sweetness.

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My brother-in-law ordered the unpictured Hickory Smoked Beef Brisket Poutine Hash ($17) and added the optional 2 free range eggs on top($6) . It’s topped with fresh curds, scallion and mushrooms. A hearty meal for those with a bigger appetite.

We were too full for dessert, so we ended our meal with a cup Phil and Sebastian coffee (my go-to roaster in the city).

It’s also worth noting that all their proceeds from their Q water go to worthy organizations like Ronald McDonald House and Community Food Centres of Canada.

Overall, we all enjoyed our experience at The Nash. The meals were great, but similar to the last review, the prices are on the higher end compared to the typical diner, but the decor and bacon alone is reason to come and stop by for a visit. Afterwards, you can take stroll around Inglewood and explore all the shops and galleries along the main avenue.

Brunch is served in both the bar and restaurant starting at 11am on both Saturday and Sunday and they do take reservations both online and over the phone. They also have a long harvest table and community tables in front of the kitchen that can accommodate groups from 12-16 people.

The Nash and Off Cut Bar
925 – 11 street SE  |  403 984 3365

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