The other day I attended the soft opening for Oat Couture, a new cafe and hangout spot in Ottawa that specializes in unique Oatmeal combinations (and other assorted baked goods – including oat doggy treats, how cute)!!
Not going to lie, it was pretty cool to be amongst the first people in the city to check the place out and attend the neat promotional event that they had going on. Even being able to say that “I attended a soft opening” makes me feel like I’m an accredited blogger or something, as opposed to a student who points her camera at things and pretends she knows what she’s doing.
Side note: wow, as I’m writing this I’m realizing how exhausted I am from writing non-stop for my final essays. I wrote “goddy” instead of doggy, and “blooger” instead of blogger…exam szn amirite??
Surprise surprise, I’m not actually a big fan of oatmeal. I feel like this is going to be some kind of sustained meme on my blog, where I constantly refer to the fact that I lowkey have PTSD from exclusively eating certain kinds of foods in my childhood that were either poorly prepared or simply eaten waaay too often for me to ever possibly enjoy again, and that the AMAZING cafes and restaurants around Ottawa are going to slowly cure me of my fear of certain foods one blog post at a time :’)
So, needless to say, the oatmeal samples that I got to try out at the cafe made me come around to the possibility of actually enjoying oatmeal (save for one sample, you’ll see).
At the soft opening, so long as you purchased a coffee and hung around in the restaurant (either in an actual seat, on the hanging wicker chairs by the front window, or by just awkwardly standing around in the middle of the small cafe) you were eligible to receive a free sample of oatmeal from a variety of different oatmeal flavours and combinations that were to be made permanent staples of Oat Couture’s menu. Fortunately, we managed to grab a seat…right next to an ignorant old lady that was loudly proclaiming her distaste for how damn expensive the place was and how minorities are ruining America. Little did she know that there was a lil’ Mexican kid (moi) sitting right next to her trying not to roll her eyes too dramatically while stealing the bacon bits from a lil’ Asian kid’s oatmeal. Ugh, minorities, amirite?
I don’t think I could have ever even dreamed about some of the oatmeal bowl samples that I had that day. I’ll give you a brief rundown of the samples that I tried out:
Ingredients: Apple, aged cheddar cheese, caramelized onion, lemon juice, bacon and a light drizzle of maple syrup
Impressions: Absolutely delicious, but like all things, it could have used more bacon. 5 stars.
Ingredients: Sticky beef brisket, shiitake, pineapple, peanuts and coriander
Impressions: The beef brisket was the star of the show. Who would have thought to put something like that on oatmeal? Would have given this 5 stars but they put cilantro, aka the devil’s lettuce on it, so I’m only going to give it a 4.
Ingredients: Shortbread, caramel, whipped cream, orange zest, and cinnamon
Impressions: As a pumpkin-pie fan, I was very appeased to have these flavours in my oatmeal. Solid 5 starts, and possibly my favourite sample.
Ingredients: Rosemary poached pear, fig, pecan, blue emirate cheese
Impressions: Why tf is blue cheese so nasty? 3 stars.
Oh yeah, and our coffees were also good. They actually get their coffee sourced from Little Victories, a dope cafe that I wrote a blog post about that you should totally check out if you haven’t already. As always, I grabbed my preferred latte while ben ordered a black coffee LIKE AN ANIMAL.
As far as trendy Ottawa cafes go, this one is right up there with the top contenders. The place has an abundance of plants, an exposed brick wall, aesthetic looking lighting fixtures, fuzzy pillows by every seat and some iconic hanging wicker chairs. It’s a super aesthetically pleasing venue, the only downfall being that if you aren’t situated right by the front of the cafe, by the windows, you will find it to be rather dark, as the place really doesn’t allow for a lot of natural light to get through (which can be a bit of a pain when you are looking to take pics for the ‘gram since the lighting is all off).
Aside from that super nit-picky criticism, I really have to hand it to the Oat couture staff for nailing those cozy and comforting cafe vibes. I look forward to returning and trying out some local coffee and super rad oatmeal combos.
I’d like to give a mini shout out to Amanda Jeysing for posting about Oat Couture’s soft opening event on her story! If it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t have known about the event and would have missed out on a rad blogging opportunity! Be sure to check out her Instagram if you live in Ottawa and want to know where all the good food is at, or if, like me, you just like looking at pictures of food ;p
Also, my pic that I took of Oat Couture Cafe got featured in Narcity Ottawa’s “Best of Ottawa” article: This Dreamy Cafe Is Ottawa’s Newest Gem! Check it out for more cool pics of Oat Couture!
Oat Couture Cafe’s Socials: