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upscale Saturday Brunch close to Bloor and Avenue Road

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Any recommendations for a nice upscale brunch, open at 11 am, that would be within walking distance of Bloor and Avenue?

I realize the food quality in Yorkville is sometimes disappointing, but the time frame for this upcoming brunch is too short to allow for travel to Little Italy,Queen West, Queen East, King East or King West. It also seems that some of the more interesting brunches only take place on Sundays (ie the place on King W run by the Alsatian chef).

Jamie Kennedy at the Gardiner had crossed my mind, but it turns out they do not open until 11:30 am. I've had brunch at Cantine at Av and Dav, but it seems a little too casual for what I had in mind.

Has anyone tried the brunch at Arlequin or Lesendro?

Thanks for any of your suggestions!

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  1. I would suggest Sassafraz. I've always enjoyed brunch there and it's a little more upscale.

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    1. re: midtowngirl

      I considered Sassafraz.... You're right, it is a little more upscale. But it won't work for this brunch. They have live jazz playing during the brunch, and one of the people coming for brunch detests jazz.

    2. Cantine is good. Not super fancy but definitely stylish.

      1. Studio Cafe in the Four Seasons. Also Gallery Grill in Hart House (but I can't remember if it's Saturdays or Sundays only that they're open for brunch).

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        1. re: peppermint pate

          I checked...it turns out Gallery Grill is closed Saturdays. But I'll keep it in mind for a Sunday brunch.

          Studio Cafe's brunch starts at 11:30, but most of the brunch items are available on their breakfast menu which runs from 7 until 11:30, so I think I will make reservations there. What do you recommend on their menu?

          1. re: phoenikia

            Their Eggs Benedict is unparalleled. However I could say that about everything they serve at brunch. Pick the foods you love and enjoy I say.

            1. re: phoenikia

              I actually don't go there for brunch that often so no particular stand-out rec's. I seem to recall they had a dish like lemon souffle cakes or lemon ricotta hotcakes that were quite tasty. I think they also do nice bread and pastry baskets, lots of egg dishes, etc. You can't go too far wrong except for the coffee which I recall as being a bit blah. Enjoy!

          2. I second Cantina.