This is just my opinion. I know there are tons of amazing places in Toronto, and I haven’t been everywhere. But when I think of brunch in Toronto, these places have really stood out for me.
First off, this place is SO PRETTY. I’m being such a girl. But I love walking into a place and the aesthetic hits you like sunshine and flowers. So when the food matches the aesthetic, SCORE. Thank goodness for the large group we had for brunch. We were able to order the entire menu. The dishes came out on cute little country plates exuding a vintage vibe. Perfect for photo ops. I have to say, I enjoyed most of the dishes, but my all time fav was the Fluffy Pancakes with espresso syrup and creamy tiramisu mousse. It was life changing. I couldn’t stop talking about them for the rest of the brunch. It was THAT GOOD. But if you’re not a sweet tooth, then try the Reuben Eggs Benedict (Russian style hollandaise, smoked pastrami, sauerkraut, gruyere cheese, poached eggs, english muffin). My hubby was a fan, so that means it was pretty damn good. I can’t wait to go back and have the pancakes all to myself.
Ok. So I’ve been here a lot. A lot, a lot, a lot. If someone visits from out of town, I usually take them here. Mainly because they are open 7 days a week only for breakfast/brunch and because they never disappoint my taste buds. I also love how they have a special menu which changes from week to week with interesting new dishes. The wait can be lengthy at peak hours, but I promise it is worth it. I don’t have a favorite dish here because I like to live on the edge and try new things from their special menu. But they do have a menu which never changes and my fav dish there is the classic french toast with caramelized bananas. Here’s a tip! If you happen to be waiting around for a seat, just walk around the corner into the alley. You’ll see really a cool wall by the infamous @ansermysteriousdate. I take my OOTD’s there often. Oops.
I remember I had to wait months to visit this place because the owners just had a baby and they closed up shop for a bit. Well, the wait was worth it. From looking at pictures of their dishes online, I just knew they took pride in their food. The first time I went with friends we ordered one of each main dish on the menu. And they were spot on perfection. I would have to say my favourite dish is the Trout Hash (butter poached fillet, pickled eggs, rosti, mustard seeds, candied trout belly). DELECTABLE. And if you are looking for something sweet, the pancakes are a great choice. I notice they change up the pancake dish each season. When I first had it, there were edible flowers sprinkled on top and it was the prettiest set of pancakes I’ve had. This place was so good, I dragged the hubby here on Valentines day. If there was one thing he remembered from his visit, it was the farmers sausage.
We visited this brunch spot in the Summer and dined in their beautiful tree house like patio. I’ve been meaning to come back for their Mushroom French Fry Salad (two poached organic eggs and lemony hollondaise on a bed of handcut russet fries, sauteed button and wild mushrooms, arugala, kale, spinach, grainy dijon mayo). It was a memorable dish, definitely made for a pretty photo op. On top of that we ordered the Steel Cut Oats (cooked in coconut milk, served with black walnut honey and bananas sauteed in maple syrup). Comfort food at its finest. Definitely worth a visit friends.
LAMESA FILIPINO KITCHEN
I think I am pretty bias about this place because it’s Filipino food. Filipino food is my JAM. I was born into this culture, so the familiar flavours are heaven in my mouth. First of all, have you ever tried garlic fried rice? I felt like I was at home. This particular brunch was also memorable because it was the first time I got to meet my dear Nina. Since then, we’ve become great friends on this Instagram journey. She’s never had Filipino food before, so I was impressed that she was open to it. We ordered the Silog Breakfast with boneless bangus (milk fish) and the Ensaymada French Toast. So good so good so good. I would love to come back to their dinner to try their Kamayan service where food is placed in the centre on banana leaves and guests will use their hands to feast on various fish, meat and vegetables. How much fun does that sound?
My girl Nina
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