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The Heather : Hamilton, Ontario

The Heather : Hamilton, Ontario

Name: The Heather
Address: 357 Barton St E, Hamilton, ON L8L 2X8, Canada
Website: Website
Instagram: @theheather357
Wifi: No
Tender: Debit,  Credit, Cash
Neighbourhood: Hamilton, Ontario
Type: Canadian Cuisine

The Heather is located in Hamilton, Ontario which is just slightly 1 hour south of Toronto.

The Heather is owned and operated by Chef Matty Cowan, formerly the chef of Toronto’s Portland Variety, and his wife Meg. The space is stuff Pinterest dreams are made of. With it’s intimate interior which seats 12 it’s a mix of rustic vintage charm with modern accents. White exposed brick walls and copper light fixtures make this a space that could easily grace the pages of Kinfolk.

The Heather: Interior
The Heather: Interior

Their kitchen area is open for all to see, and it in itself is beauty. It’s comfortable and relaxed and has a nice homey feel to it. Well, the type of home we all wish we had. It’s certainly nicer than my kitchen that’s for sure.

The Heather: Interior, Kitchen area
The Heather: Interior, Kitchen area

Previously a dinner only spot they recently expanded their hours and offerings to include coffee and pastries during weekday mornings and brunch on Sundays.

Sadly we do not get to try any of their new brunch items but we do get to nibble on a few of their morning pastry offerings including a cinnamon bun generously dressed with a vanilla cream cheese frosting and a chocolate chip cookie.

The Heather: Cinnamon Bun
The Heather: Cinnamon Bun

The cinnamon bun is warm and not overly sticky like most cinnamon buns. It is very flavorful though and has he perfect blend of spices. The magic of course though lies in in their cream cheese frosting which is sweet, but not overly so.

As for the chocolate chip cookie, well if you’re from Toronto then you probably know that Portland Variety has a chocolate chip cookie that is legendary in the city that is supplied by sister restaraunt Le Gourmand.  Being owned by the previous chef of Portland Variety, The Heather’s version of the classic has a lot to live up to. Well, not only does it live up to it but it surpasses it. I dare to say that the chocolate chip cookie here is better than the one at Portland Variety, which was previously my favorite Chocolate Chip cookie. It’s perfectly crisp around the edges and soft and chewy in the centre. I’m told that the recipe for The Heather chocolate chip cookie is uniquely for The Heather as the Portland Variety recipe was kept tightly under wraps by the owner, even from the chef himself. I can honestly say the cookie itself is worth the drive to Hamilton.

The Heather: Chocolate Chip Cookies
The Heather: Chocolate Chip Cookies

The draw of the Heather though is their seven course tasting menu which is offered in the evenings for a reasonable $76 + tax per person.

We start off with the Soldiers, egg bread is topped with whipped egg yolk and smoked egg yolk. It’s my favorite dish of the tasting with it’s velvety whipped egg yolks contrasting nicely with the crisp toast. It has just the right amount of smokiness from the smoked egg yolk and is perfectly seasoned. Definitely some toast soldiers gone fancy. Excuse me while I eat about 50 of these.

The Heather: Soldiers
The Heather: Soldiers

Next we try the Celery Root. A salt crusted roasted celery root is served with a hazelnut velouté and raisin purée. The flavors are subtle here but pair nicely. Definitely a comforting dish especially on a cold day.

The Heather: Celery Root
The Heather: Celery Root

Then there is the Charred Cabbage, which is served with a bacon dripping vinaigrette, garlic chips, and lemon confit. It’s a beautiful dish and the flavors are nice but the cabbage is just slightly too thick for my liking. Still, it’s a great item especially considering I typically don’t care for cabbage. I’d definitely get more veggies in my diet if they are all presented this way.

The Heather : Charred Cabbage
The Heather : Charred Cabbage

Next we try the L’Oignon. A perfectly slow roasted vidalia onion is served with a cheddar soubise. The flavors are reminiscent of a French Onion Soup, minus the broth and the onion is cooked perfectly so only nice sweet caramelized flavors remain.

The Heather: L'Oignon
The Heather: L’Oignon

The next dish we try is the Cornish Hen, which is served with caramelized turnips and cannelloni. The Cornish hen is tender and well cooked. Had this not been a tasting I think I could have eaten an entire hen for myself.

The Heather: Cornish Hen
The Heather: Cornish Hen

For the last of the savory dishes we try the Occelli Chestnut which is served with sunchoke and  walnut relish. Chestnuts are not my favorite thing. In fact I downright despise them, but paired with the sunchoke and walnut relish this dish takes on a sweeter and nuttier flavor which makes this a winner.

The Heather: Occelli Chestnut
The Heather: Occelli Chestnut

Lastly dessert is served in the form of a Brown Butter Cake. Spiced sponge cake is accompanied by spiced apples, cream cheese mousse and peanut brittle. The apples and cake are perfectly spiced and the cream cheese mousse is so thick and smooth that it takes on the appearance of ice cream. The peanut brittle adds some nice texture to the dish and overall the flavors are comforting, and perfectly tasty. Exactly what dessert should be.

The Heather: Brown Butter Cake
The Heather: Brown Butter Cake

The Heather focuses on Canadian Cuisine and is based off of classics dishes with their own spin.  Expect something that mom may have made growing up but elevated to a much higher degree. What’s lovely about The Heather is that they serve up high quality and beautifully executed dishes that you would expect to get in any high end spot but without any pretentiousness and with a space and atmosphere that is as comforting as being in the home of an old friend.

 

Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored, however the meal/items were complimentary. All opinions expressed are my own. All menu offerings and prices are accurate as of time of posting. Please refer to restaurant/shop for most up to date information.

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