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sherry f Feb 14, 2007 01:54 PM

In search of great Sunday Brunch locale downtown or midtown that takes reservations and parking is plentiful. Thanks in advance.

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    lilcaramelsundae Feb 15, 2007 06:07 PM

    Check out Hot House Cafe at Front and Church for their Sunday brunch. 35 Church St. www.hothousecafe.com.

    I went there once last year for their Sunday brunch and found that there was a ton of variety of hot foods and even sweets! Their dinners are pretty good too... very filling and satisfying! I had my birthday there once and was able to make reservations. Parking is another story...

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      orangewasabi Feb 15, 2007 06:08 PM

      I don't love HHC, however, there should be lots of parking underneath -- enter from Church, about 100 yards north of Front.

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      jcanncuk Feb 16, 2007 07:14 AM

      Is Mildred Pierce too out of the way? I think they take res. and it's a great Sun brunch.

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        peppermint pate Feb 16, 2007 07:20 AM

        I've never known Mildred Pierce to take reservations - hence the l-o-n-g line-ups - but I agree that it's a great brunch. None of my favourite brunch spots take reservations (Sugar, Saving Grace, Xacutti) but if you get there when they open, you're likely to score a table.

      2. midtowngirl Feb 16, 2007 08:01 AM

        I noticed on the Mill St. Pub website they are doing brunch, although there's no menu. Sounds like the dinner menu is quite good based on some posts yesterday.. Anyone tried it for brunch yet?

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          sierramum Feb 22, 2007 05:46 AM

          Had brunch there with the family last Saturday. It was very good and we were impressed. What I liked was that we were able to have sweet potato fries as sides, instead of the home fries. For sure we'll be going back there the next time we want a good brunch (instead of dim sum, which is our regular weekend spot).

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          rick0221 Feb 16, 2007 08:45 AM

          Saving Grace is at the very top of my list - I've been going since it opened and I'm somewhat apprehensive about posting it because it's small place and I go there very often. But I'm finding longer and longer lines everyweek and I think its safe to say that the secret is out. I think they're menu is ingenious and makes great business sense. They have a a basic template that they creatively modify it every week depending on the seasons and their whims I suppose - poached egg, waffle, omelette, some type of baked egg. For instance, they have your standard poached egg -but they'll use a slice of roasted butternut squash as the base, for instance. They're waffles are always very good - my favorite one so far was a coconut and banana cream one. They're esspressado - a espresso-avocado milkshake is fantastic although recently I've been finding a bit more watery then creamy. Unfortunately, I think they are closed for a month for renovations. Oh and the cook is such a sweet lately, during the week she comes out for a chat, actually she called me a 'bad boy' once b/c I had one of Bourdain's book's with me.

          Aside from that - Bonjour brioche is not bad - It's always packed and I'm sure it's great. But my expectations of a french-quebecois bakery are so much higher and I guess it doesn't really live up to my expectation. For instance, I think there baguettes are terrible and that's something they should really have hit on the nail. Their quiches and brioche are very good.

          Xacutti - also excellent - their cardamom biscuits are fantastic. Aunties and Uncles makes great waffles and omelletes. I went to boom breakfast recently - and was pleasantly surprised - nothing particularly interesting - but they make good work of the classics. Then there is Le Petit Dejeuner - food is good, nothing too special - just standard stuff but consistently good: french-style stuff - florentines, benedicts, I think there are crepes and french toast - it's been a while. I remember they're coffee being very good.

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            artificialard Feb 16, 2007 10:58 PM

            Xacutti is great - a beautiful room and beautiful plates and a very comprehensive menu. A great modern and elegant experience. The area has street parking and a lot nearby but not their own lot.

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              squeaks Feb 17, 2007 06:19 AM

              I loooooove Saving Grace, but they definitely don't take reservations. Also, parking in the area is not fantastic.

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                artificialard Feb 21, 2007 08:24 PM

                I'm not even sure "Parking is plentiful" is a valid criteria in Toronto - if you're anywhere near the centre of the city you'll just have to prepare to pay or go space hunting...

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                  orangewasabi Feb 22, 2007 06:01 AM

                  but parking is plentiful doesn't preclude paying for parking -- is the request for lots of _free_ parking?! if so, you're right, stay out of the downtown core.

            2. orangewasabi Feb 16, 2007 09:08 AM

              in spite of a fear that I'll be laughed off the board, I'd like to offer a different kind of idea for brunch -- since you're looking for parking and reservations . . . Annona Restaurant in the Park Hyatt

              Sometimes, I am not in the mood for a 'down and dirty' brunch and need the soothing of white linen, good china and tranquil surroundings. The coffee's pretty darn good for hotel/restaurant coffee, though it's the kind of place where it seems right to linger over a cuppa tea. My favourite order is the eggs bennie where the base is a grilled tomato rather than an english muffin. We have always had terrific soup there.

              Anyhow, they have valet and take reservations too

              1. Rabbit Feb 17, 2007 05:29 AM

                Hothouse is over-rated, tourist-y and un-charming.

                I don't care to brunch anywhere with sneeze-guards.

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                  nummanumma Feb 17, 2007 06:24 AM

                  HEAR HEAR!

                2. TOchowgal Feb 22, 2007 03:59 PM

                  I second Hot House cafe. I go there with my girlfriends a lot.

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                    Suburban Gourmand Feb 23, 2007 10:31 AM

                    I was dragged to a restaurant several Sundays ago...of course now the name totally elludes me. It was a lounge / bar by night, and also served food, including a lovely brunch. It is on King Street West right next to Crush and Rodney's. I wish I could remember the name! We really were pleasantly surprised. While service was a little spotty (had to ask for coffee refills, then for milk, then for sugar) the breakfast / brunch was delish. Famously fickle husband loved his blueberry pancakes, and the eggs benny was superb.

                    Lots of parking, takes reservations, and is a huge big industrial style modern space.

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                      artificialard Feb 27, 2007 11:14 PM

                      Sounds like Brassaii (www.brassaii.com). Love the space, menu, and modern atmosphere (very Sex and the City) but just had a very poor lunch experience there once. Look forward to trying again sometime...

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