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Feb 9, 2008 04:45 AM

Best Mom's Birthday Brunch in Toronto?

My mom is turning 60 on Easter Sunday next month. We're planning to have a family birthday/Easter brunch somewhere.

Where is the best brunch in Toronto?

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  1. We took my mom for a dim sum brunch at Lai Wah Heen on her birthday. If mom's a bit adventurous, this room is very elegant and the food is very good.

    I'm not typically a bruncher, but the Studio Cafe at the Four Seasons is also supposed to do quite a nice job (they also have a high tea which starts in the early afternoon on weekends).

    1. If your mom's someone who enjoys a more traditional atmosphere, I'd recommend the King Eddie. I haven't been for a few years, but the brunch there is quite good (despite being a buffet, which I'm usually not a huge fan of) and the room is lovely (especially for a special occasion like mom's birthday).

      1. Studio Cafe in the Four Seasons Yorkville. Gorgeous room, impeccable service, outstanding well-executed selections, underground parking in the hotel so mom needn't go outdoors. All well suited for a 60th, but book your reservation well ahead.

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        1. re: Googs

          Gotta echo the Studio Cafe recommendation. Bright, beautiful room; very professional service; and impeccable food. I took my mom there last year for a birthday / Mother's Day brunch, and it was a hit. And yes, book well ahead!

        2. For a sit down more formal resto, I still a big fan of Windsor Arms over King Eddie, or any of the other better hotels in the city. For a more casual setting, Hot House Cafe I really enjoyed as one of the best brunch buffet with wide assortment of food and live jazz on Sundays.

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          1. re: mortgageguy

            With all due respect, there are sneeze guards at Hot House...

            1. re: mortgageguy

              What do you recommend at the Windsor Arms? Is the Brunch in the Courtyard Cafe? Is the Brunch menu the same as the Breakfast menu on their website, or does the Windsor Arms have a Sunday buffet like the King Eddie?

            2. I've tried Lai Wah Heen, Studio Cafe, and The King Eddy for brunch. They all have their own merits. Lai Wah Heen is great for those who are already familiar with dimsum but want to experience some more unique variations to dimsum favourites. Studio Cafe has less choice than the brunch at King Eddy, but Studio Cafe has some nice Asian inspired fare like tuna sashimi and seaweed salad, lychee creme brulee, etc. King Eddy's brunch is more mainstream but the breadth of selection is very good (plus they also have raw oysters, which I love so perhaps that biases my opinion of the place just slightly! LOL). All are comparable in price (~$50pp). Depending on your mom's tastes, you can choose accordingly... I think all 3 choices give the aire of "special occasion dining" so any of these 3 options would be appropriate.