Last weekend when Mike and I were taking a stroll in Kensington Market, we came across the new-ish Nu Bügel (@NuBugel). I’m a big fan of bagels so it didn’t take much to convince me to stop in for lunch.
Initially, I expected Nu Bügel to be more of a take-out spot so I was surprised to see quite a bit of seating inside. They also have a solarium at the front of the space for additional seating.
Nu Bügel sells wood fired bagels which taste similar to Montreal-style bagels. They have a harder crust, are a little sweeter and have a nice chew to them. The bagels ($1 each/$5 for half a dozen and $9 for a dozen) come in the following varieties: plain, poppy seed, sesame seed, onion, everything, whole wheat and coconut.
They have the usual toppings you’d expect at a bagel joint including butter, cream cheese, cheese, peanut butter, jam and nutella (bonus points for making their own cream cheese and gourmet jams).
Even though we dropped by after 2pm, the place was packed and there was a constant line of people hungry for bagels. If you’re not grabbing bagels to go, I don’t recommend coming here if you’re tight for time. It took us nearly 20 minutes to get our order as there was only one person preparing sandwiches.
I decided to go with the Smoked Trout Sandwich – with baby arugula, sweet horseradish jelly & Pommery mustard ($9.50). Sure, it may seem pricey for a bagel sandwich but it sure hit the spot. It consisted of flakey pieces of smoked trout which weren’t too salty and I loved the combination of it with the slight bitterness of the arugula and sweetness from the horseradish jelly.
I went with an everything bagel which had a very hard exterior and was a little chewier and sweeter than what I’m used to. I didn’t mind but it really depends on your preference.
I couldn’t help but compare this sandwich to the Super Heebster at Russ & Daughters in NYC. While the Super Heebster is still my all-time favourite bagel sandwich, I still really liked this trout sandwich.
Mike went with the Lox & Cream Cheese Sandwich – with red onion & lemon caper aioli ($9.50) on an onion bagel. It’s hard to go wrong with this classic combination and we had no complaints. The lemon caper aioli was definitely a nice touch. Again, a little pricey for a lox/cream cheese bagel but we really enjoyed it.
All sandwiches are served with greens and house dressing. It was a nice side salad but nothing to write home about. The bagels are where it’s at!
Overall, we really enjoyed our lunch at Nu Bügel. You can bet you’ll find me here if I have a bagel craving!
At a glance:
• Serving wood fired bagels (similar to Montreal-style bagels) in Kensington Market
• Bagels are priced at $1 each, $5 for half a dozen and $9 for a dozen
• Bagel selection: plain, poppy seed, sesame seed, onion, everything, whole wheat and coconut
• Sandwiches take a while to prepare, so if you’re tight for time, just grab bagels to go
• Loved the Smoked Trout Sandwich
• Plenty of seating inside the space
• Open every day
Ratings (out of 5):
• Food: 4 stars
• Service: 2 stars
• Atmosphere: 3 stars