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Best place for Mother's Day brunch (buffet)

red dragon May 3, 2007 05:51 AM

In the past, we've tried Cafe Nicole in the Novotel (North York and Mississauga) and Hot House Cafe ... not too impressed with both. Does anyone have any suggestions for a buffet this Mother's Day?

Thanks in advance!

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    flipkeat May 3, 2007 06:09 AM

    Well if it's Mississauga you are looking for what about the Waterside Inn??
    http://www.watersideinn.ca/
    They usually have a Mother's Day Brunch that's good!!

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      red dragon May 3, 2007 06:18 AM

      Hi flipkeat ... I actually live in the east end, but for that one time, did make the drive to Mississauga. Thanks for the recommendation; the website looks great, however, I don't think they have a buffet for brunch. I didn't see one on their menu.

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        flipkeat May 3, 2007 06:24 AM

        Yes they have a Buffet for Brunch for Mother's Day..Perhaps it's just not on the site yet.....or at least they have in the past..Just so you know...I would call if you are interested...
        What about the Old Mill??? Check that out...Their brunch is usally always big and good..
        http://www.oldmilltoronto.com/

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          red dragon May 3, 2007 07:54 AM

          Oh, that's good news... yes, I should call them. I read through the Old Mill website as well ... thanks for the many choices!!

    2. Teep May 3, 2007 06:31 AM

      Kind Edward hotel offers a Sunday Brunch Buffet at $45. For Easter it was $49, so for Mother's Day it would be similar. I haven't been to the current incarnation of the buffet, but ate there about a year and a bit ago. It wasn't a huge spread but the quanlity of ingredients and cooking is much better than most other brunches I've had.

      They do get booked up quickly. For Easter when I called they said 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm were all booked up, only 3-5pm was available. Who would want to eat brunch at that time?

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        red dragon May 3, 2007 07:55 AM

        Thanks Teep! We spent our 1st anniversary there and although I don't remember what we ate, it was a very nice place.

        I agree, who would want to eat from 3-5pm and what would be left??

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        foodie500 May 3, 2007 08:39 AM

        Go to Pier 4 storehouse restaurant an Queens Quay. They serve a great Sunday brunch buffet. Plus it's right by the water.

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          Teep May 3, 2007 10:45 AM

          This sounds interesting and I called them but they said it's a la carte, not buffet.

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          westlandsat1 Apr 29, 2011 12:56 PM

          The Crowne Plaza at Toronto Airport looks very interesting. Their Chef has won a number of awards. They had a great barbeque for fathers day last year.

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            red dragon Jun 24, 2011 06:31 PM

            Hi westlandsat1, lost track of this post . We have been going back to Hot House Cafe, it went a bit downhill awhile back, and we stopped going, but then it was ok again ...or maybe it's just because I love the variety of desserts they have ...

            I'll put Crowne Plaza on our list and have a look at their website.

            Thanks!

          2. red dragon Apr 23, 2013 01:29 PM

            This post is a bit old, any new suggestions?

            Thanks!

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              Full tummy Apr 23, 2013 09:27 PM

              We have reservations at Archeo in the Distillery District. I have no idea how it will be. http://www.archeo.ca/about_us

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                red dragon Apr 24, 2013 12:16 PM

                The place looks really nice, simple/rustic. Thanks for the suggestion!

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                  red dragon Apr 28, 2013 02:29 PM

                  Hi Full tummy - we went to Archeo today; thank you for the suggestion. I took over 50 pics but haven't had the time to go through them. I wanted to post that we had a very nice brunch experience. The place is gorgeous (smaller than Boiler House, but very sunny, open concept, exposed brick, etc, just like the website). Most of the food was hot (we got there at 10:30 am). You can't beat the price ($18.95, which includes tea/coffee) and the best part .... the desserts, imo, better than XXX hotel if you know what I mean, and I know that's saying a lot, but again, just my opinion). We really liked the crème brûlée, chocolate cake, chocolate mousse and fresh individual tarts, which are all made in-house. The croissants were quite good and I didn't detect shortening ... I did speak to the pastry chef to tell him how delicious the items were. I think you'll have a great Mother's Day buffet because there will be additional items (including my favorite … macarons)! The servers were all very attentive and friendly. We normally go to Hot House Cafe, but this was a very nice change. Have a wonderful brunch.

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                    hungryabbey Apr 28, 2013 04:50 PM

                    Can you tell us what kind of items are on the buffet? What did you like, what did you not like so much?

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                      red dragon Apr 29, 2013 06:25 AM

                      @hungryabbey - Eggs Benedict, bacon, sausage, home fries, french toast, pasta, cold salads, butter chicken/rice, beef and peameal bacon, fresh fruit, cheese, omelet station, smoked salmon, pastries, chocolate cake, strawberry shortcake, creme brulee, tarts, other pastries, etc. We liked the brunch, but we didn't try everything. If you call, they'll give you a list, as I believe they change it up each weekend.

                      http://www.archeo.ca/about_us

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                        hungryabbey Apr 29, 2013 06:39 AM

                        Sounds awesome. Thanks.

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                          Teep May 1, 2013 04:05 PM

                          Too late, Archeo is all booked up for Mother's Day!

                          Thinking of going to Tundra at the Hilton, buffet at $39.

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                            Full tummy May 2, 2013 12:32 PM

                            If you go, let us know how it is!

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                              Teep May 14, 2013 08:06 PM

                              We did go to Tundra @ Hilton. It was OK, nothing stood out as delicious but nothing was bad either. Liked it better then 5enses last year when the entrees were a let down.

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                      Full tummy Apr 28, 2013 07:09 PM

                      Wow!! Thanks. Really looking forward to it now! The Mother's Day Brunch has extra items advertised, so it's a bit more expensive. It would be so great to have a good and reasonably priced brunch buffet option!

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                        red dragon Apr 29, 2013 06:21 AM

                        @Full tummy - have you tried Hot House Cafe? Same price, but doesn't include tea or coffee. We go there quite often, more casual than Archeo, with a lot of options. The food is hit/miss, desserts are from Baker Street Desserts (I think), but the waffles are great (malt waffles).

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                          Full tummy Apr 29, 2013 09:29 AM

                          Many years ago, but location is not great for us. I did like it, though, but have enjoyed the Boiler House brunch somewhat more. I don't remember Hot House having eggs Benny. It is a great option, though.

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                  westlandsat1 Apr 23, 2013 08:16 PM

                  Try Oliver and Bonaccini at Oakville Centre. Good food, good service. I am sure they have something for Mother's Day.

                  1. Nevy Apr 25, 2013 07:40 AM

                    This is an old thread but I just received an email about Frank's brunch buffet. Here are the details:

                    CELEBRATE MOTHER'S DAY IN STYLE AT FRANK |AGO|
                    Sunday, May 12, 2013 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

                    BUFFET BRUNCH: Six food stations: Pastries Seafood Carving Quiche & Salads Dim Sum A la carte egg dishes: Omelette, Benny & Scrambled Dessert.
                    KIDS BUFFET: Light Pasta Chicken Fingers Fresh Fruit Cups Juices, Milk & Cookies. Excludes Tax and Tip. Seating starts at 11:00am

                    General Public $75 AGO Members $67.50 Children $25. Special valid on Sunday May 12, 2013 from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Offer valid May 12, 2013

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                      red dragon Apr 27, 2013 09:27 AM

                      Thanks Nevy.

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                      gilbert1111 May 1, 2013 05:55 PM

                      We have a passel of grandchildren, so we need a place that's family friendly and can have a table that seats 10 without a problem. We've been going to the Mill St Brewery for sever years, and it's been terrific.

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