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How is the Sunday brunch at Thuet?

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RCC Apr 11, 2007 07:59 AM

We'll be visiting from NYC and staying at Intercontinental at Bloor St.

We're thinking of doing the Sunday brunch at Thuet. Any recent experience to share - good or bad?

Other suggestions are also welcome.

Thank you.

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    fleisch RE: RCC Apr 11, 2007 08:12 AM

    My wife and I took our parents there for a nice brunch last year.
    I'm trying to recall specifics but overall it was very nice. A bit of a wait going in but nothing crazy. I was a bit surprised to even see Mr Thuet there - maybe he's always in the kitchen but I figured he'd take something like brunch off.

    Without the menu in front of me I can't remember everything but a few people had very nice eggs and my mother had a huge and amazing 9-grain waffle. Basically everything was delicious and the service was good (it was busy and I seem to recall them disappearing for a bit, but attentive most of the time). They were out of the egg dish I'd asked for but I ended up with a poached conconction of some kind which was at least as good.
    We also grabbed some wonderful bread at the boulangerie on the way out.

    I'm not sure what other specifics I can offer. Our parents (the kind who wouldn't know who Marc Thuet is off-hand) were suitable impressed and we had a very nice time. And it wasn't overly expensive, as I recall.

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      springhaze RE: RCC Apr 12, 2007 05:47 PM

      I went a few months ago. It was very good. Especially the basket of bread/croissants. The person next to me got the waffles which looked great, and I wish I had ordered that.

      I really think overall, the brunch is know to be one of the best in the city. I think it all depends on what kind-of brunch you are looking for. If you are looking for an upscale, very french brunch, then go to Thuet. If you are looking for something a little more funky, less expensive, or casual there are plenty of other great brunches in the city to choose from.

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        RCC RE: springhaze Apr 13, 2007 01:59 AM

        OK. We;re willing to travel up to Lawrence in the north and Queen's Quay in the south from our hotel.

        Can you tell us the places for other great brunches that are more casual? Thank you.

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          rsvp7777 RE: RCC Apr 13, 2007 04:10 AM

          If you'd like to try a great, intimate place that gets fine recs on this board, go to Barrio
          http://www.barrio.ca/
          It's in the happening Leslieville section of the city, which is being gentrified. About a $14 cab ride from your hotel.
          Afterwards you can walk east (weather permitting) past a funky and interesting assortment of bakeries, shops, etc.

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            Food Tourist RE: rsvp7777 Apr 14, 2007 10:26 AM

            So far, Barrio has only messed up on the chicken schnitzel at brunch. It is surprising that it's not busy on Saturdays. It offers much, much better value and food than neighbours Ed Levesque and Joy.

            Thuet is my other favourite brunch spot - avoid the smoked salmon on tiny biscuits if you're hungry, but everything else provides huge portions. Kobe chopped beef with goat cheese and poached egg is amazing (and I am not a fan of chevre or runny yolks). Prices are well-matched to quality and portion size.

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            Yongeman RE: RCC Apr 13, 2007 05:29 AM

            Here's a link to some brunch spots recently reviewed by local weekly paper NOW Magazine: http://www.toronto.com/restaurants/ar...

            You can't necessarily believe the review, but it's a start.

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              TorontoJo RE: RCC Apr 13, 2007 11:24 AM

              Aunties and Uncles serves up one of the best brunches in the city (IMO) in a very casual funky/hippy/grad student environment. It's on Lippincott (a block or so east of Bathurst) at College -- a short cab ride from your hotel. Don't let the shabby exterior or the decor turn you off. The ingredients are top quality and the dishes are delish. The long lineups on the weekend attest to that. Go early (before 9:30) if you don't want to wait.

          3. deelicious RE: RCC Apr 14, 2007 06:16 AM

            Thuet serves some excellent brunch items in a setting on the formal side. The basket of pastries is excellent. The pancakes, waffles and the french toast with pork are all excellent Eggs Meurette and the eggs with smoked salmon are excellent too. Stay away from the omelets as they are boring to the point of disbelief. I also found the Steak haché Kobe to be a gross amount of food for brunch.

            For casual, Toronto has a very long list of great places. You would be better served if you described exactly what foods you would want, and what flavour of people watching.

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              RCC RE: deelicious Apr 15, 2007 03:41 PM

              We’ll be doing a South-east Asian and Chiado for our dinners, so, I’d prefer not to do those cuisines for brunch/breakfast before we fly home on Sunday afternoon.

              Other than those, we’re open to anything where an available table would not be hard to come by without having to line up. At this point, I figured that French at Thuet might be the best option. Fresh coffee, good egg dishes, baked goods and even crepes are what I was thinking of. Casual would be good. In terms of flavor of people, well, how about those in their 30’s and 40’s?

              Thank you.

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                deelicious RE: RCC Apr 15, 2007 06:27 PM

                Thuet can be lined up on Sunday so go early if you choose it. As an option, just down the street on King Street West is a great room called Brassaii with delcious baked goods and eggs etc. It is a wonderful place for brunch on a clear day and more casual then Thuet. http://brassaii.com/menu.htm

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              miranda RE: RCC Apr 14, 2007 02:44 PM

              I love Sunday Brunch at Thuet's...bread and food is amazing...I've stopped having alcohol though because I refuse to pay $11/glass for house wine....Also I love Brunch at Mildred Pierce...always excellent food...funky atmosphere...www.mildredpierce.com...Miranda

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                JToronto RE: RCC Apr 4, 2008 11:24 AM

                I realize I have the minority opinion, but I was very disappointed. We made our reservation expecting something really special... "more" than the terrific, cheap, casual brunch places we frequent. Well, we arrived dead of winter and they weren't hanging coats... I asked if I could hang my own coat and they said "no". So many, many well-dressed people trying to have special occasion brunch with their big down parkas over their seats, and there isn't a lot of extra room between the tables, so it was crowded and looked very junky. Service was harrassed, there was a line-up of at least 20 people when we left and we could hardly get out of the door. It was not relaxing at all. As for the food, I seem to recall that it was good, but not necessarily better than the casual places, for a lot more money. I am keeping The Windsor Arms as my first choice for an occasion brunch, and will stick with casual places like Cantina, Toba and Saving Grace for the rest of the time.

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