By: Jim Bamboulis
Brunch. It’s what’s on in Toronto every weekend. People can’t get enough of it. They wait in line for the chance to have it. If brunch is on your to-do list every weekend and you feel incomplete without it, then read on. From bubbly mimosas and French toast to wagyu croque-madam and lobster Benny’s, these 10 Toronto hot spots do brunch a bit more refined.
Here, it’s all about indulging. The menu includes Parisian Ham Benedict with Dijon-glazed ham, hollandaise and pommes Lyonnaise, croque monsieur and madame, Quiche with greens, pommes Lyonnaise and champagne truffle vinaigrette, a smoked salmon Benedict and lobster benedict as well as the lobster BLT with crispy bacon, baby lettuces, beefsteak tomatoes and lemon aioli.
Hollywood director Ivan Reitman and chef Jonathan Waxman offer a unique dining experience like no other. Along with a beautiful dining room, the Sunday brunch at Montecito features Caesars and mimosas alongside farm-to-table inspired California dishes. Here, the focus is always on creating dishes using ingredients that are seasonal and sourced, fished and foraged in a sustainable manner. The buffet brunch features both savoury and sweet options such as omelettes and pancakes, a variety of salads, cheeses, turkey sausages, salmon and chicken.
Easily one of the loveliest restaurants in the city, Patria’s Spanish brunch menu is simply exquisite. The Bisteca features prime beef striploin with moruno spice and confit piquillio peppers while the albondigas dish showcases Wagyu meatballs in a spicy tomato piperade and topped with onion and Spanish manchego cheese. If you’re not a meat eater, try the Tortilla Con Espinacas, a Spanish potato omelette with spinach and serrano ham.
Located at the base of the Shangri-La hotel, Bosk features a wide variety of delicious brunch items that will make you salivate while looking at the menu. Start with the house-made granola with Greek yogurt, mixed berries, honey and mint. Continue with any of the 10 eggs Benny on the menu including the Guilty Pleasure with house-ground beef bacon or the Canadian Classic with double-smoked back bacon hollandaise sauce.
Located on the 31st floor of Trump Toronto, America features a small plates brunch. Try the Breakfast Poutine – Yukon gold home fries with two poached eggs, squeaky cheese curds and hollandaise or the Spaghetti Carbonara which comes with a poached egg, smoked bacon, sweat peas and black pepper.
This gorgeous restaurant located at the Four Seasons hotel in Yorkville goes all out to offer beautiful ambiance, pristine decor and exceptional meals, including brunch. Whether you’re looking for a table for two or seating for a family of five, Cafe Boulud makes it easy for everyone. It is one of the few restaurants in the city that offers a wide and extensive brunch menu. Only the best of the best ingredients are used to create delicious dishes to go along with some brunch bubbly.
At Toca, brunch isn’t just brunch — it’s an experience. Located in the Ritz-Carlton, this exceptional restaurant features some of the freshest and most delicious menu items in the city. During Saturday brunch, try the Banana Bread French Toast with candied walnuts, vanilla and chamomile maple syrup. On Sundays, choose from a wider variety of items from the seafood bar, pasta station, breakfast market, carving station, baked goods, desserts and even fondue.
Having already built a solid reputation for quality dishes in downtown Toronto, Buca is pretty much a great experience. Start with any one of the signature cocktails then move on to several of the delicious mains, including Uova Cacio e Pepe (poached duck eggs on ciabatta crostini), risotto or Farinata (Genovese chickpea crepe, peperonata, taleggio cheese and hen’s eggs). If you have room, stay for dessert and try the castagnole (mini Italian doughnuts stuffed with dulce de leche crema).
A very popular spot in general, Weslodge has become a mainstay when it comes to their brunch. This casually refined saloon offers the likes of Scotch Quail Egg with English sausage and truffle red onion jam and Lamb Benedict with house-made lamb bacon, English muffin, brown butter hollandaise and sautéed fingerlings.
Saturday and Sunday Brunch with an elegant French flair. That’s what you can expect from this lovely restaurant at the base of the Thompson Hotel. Bite into the Crab Florentine Benny Croissant with poached eggs, spinach and hollandaise or enjoy plenty of fresh seafood, made-to-order omelettes and of course, seasonal desserts.
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