The Village Cafe . . .and pumpkin pie cheesecake

In the last two years, Westboro village has become one of the trendiest spots in Ottawa to whet your appetite. We’ve seen restaurants like the Wellington Gastropub make a name for itself through innovative molecular gastronomy, Siam Bistro has run away with the title of best Thai food in Ottawa and places like Alium, Absinthe and Juniper continue to win gold and silver medals for superior cooking in the nation’s capital. The Village Cafe is just another hot spot to add to the list, that I happily discovered on Tuesday afternoon.

The Village Cafe, I’m a little embarrassed to admit, has been open since 1996 and certainly is a hidden gem of the Westboro wing. Executive Chef Craig Beaudry and his soon-to-be-wife (and sous chef) Monique Haugen are intent upon local, fresh produce which made my heart skip a beat from the minute we walked in. Upon entry you will find a black board of daily specials with an emphasis on handcrafted, artisan comfort food using a variety of fresh and local ingredients. Everything is reasonably priced and the food is delicious, home-made style nourishment.

I decided upon the prosciutto,tomato and mushroom pasta and my companion went for the pulled pork sandwich which sits a few notches above any other pulled pork I’ve had in Ottawa (. . . Sorry Smoque Shack).

. After our main courses,  the waitress habitually offered us the dessert menu which usually, I politely decline. But on this crisp, autumn day I thought a slice of something nice would be just what the doctor ordered. The Village Cafe desserts are made fresh, in-house by chef Haugen and her efforts and culinary care are reflected in the presentation as well as the taste. With October being a pumpkin crazy month  (pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin bisque, pumpkin pie, you name it and Mr. Pumpkin is all over it), I decided to try the pumpkin pie cheesecake.  Let’s just say that the slice was nice…very nice. Heaven on a sugar dusted plate nice. Okay, fine. I loved it. It was the highlight of the meal and I urge anyone who likes good things to go and try the pumpkin cheesecake. Now.

Inanutshell, the cheesecake is a mousse-like consistency with crushed hazelnuts and walnuts atop of the whipped cream cheese icing with a dainty silhouette of a fork made out of icing sugar.  Along with the cozy meal, an intimate setting, friendly service and reasonable prices, the pumpkin pie cheese cake is worthy of a visit to Westboro’s The Village Cafe to satiate your October pumpkin-anything cravings.


**Have you had a delicious pumpkin treat this October?? Leave us a comment so we can fill our gluttonous tummies with more pumpkin-deliciousness!**

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About Kate Lalumiere

After studying wine and spending years in the food service industry, Kate is nutshell's designated food and wine aficionado. Her posts take on the foodie-sphere one restaurant at a time, exposing some of the hottest spots to satiate the ol' buds ! Her favourite restaurants usually include: innovative menus, sustainable & local produce and unparalleled hospitality. Although Kate has a keen ear for food buzz in the National Capital, you'll also find her weighing in on fashion, music and anything that peaks her interest! ** Favourite Restaurant (Ottawa) : Supply & Demand • Wine of Choice: Every wine • Favourite Band: The National • Bad Habit: Being a backseat driver• Favourite Song: Wild Horses • Fashion Icon: Olivia Palermo • Favourite Movie: The Sandlot • Favourite TV Series: Gossip Girl (sue me!) • Sport: Football (to watch and play) • Team: Arizona Cardinals • Blackberry or Iphone: Iphone • Favourite Book: The Sun Also Rises, The Cat's Table, The Bell Jar, On the Road... • ** To ask Kate a question about food, wine or anything else contact her at :

4 thoughts on “The Village Cafe . . .and pumpkin pie cheesecake

  1. Great review, Kate! I have been going to the Village Cafe for about 20 years and it is always busy around lunchtime, so I am not sure how ‘hidden’ this gem is! BTW I make a mean pumpkin cheesecake, with a ginger cookie crust. Ask me to make it for you, my family doesn’t like cheesecake :(

  2. You make that cheesecake sound VERY tempting! I wanted to let you know that a lot of the restaurants you mentioned (Wellington Gastropub, Siam Bistro, Absinthe) are in Wellington West, not Westboro. Here’s a tip: if you’re on Richmond Rd, you’re in Westboro; if you’re on Wellington St West, you’re in Wellington West!

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