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ajane Apr 18, 2008 02:58 PM

My sister and I are going out for lunch/brunch tomorrow and have been racking our brains for the right place: nice enough to be a little special, but not necessarily fancy; downtown-west-end ish; open at lunch saturday (obviously, but that does elimate some places we might otherwise consider); not asian (allergy issues); and since it's supposed to be such a nice day tomorrow, either with a patio (hah! I know we'd be competing with the rest of TO for that!) or in a nice area for strolling. Any suggestions welcome....

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    miranda Apr 18, 2008 05:51 PM

    Brassaii on King West has a great Brunch...also nearby with a Patio is Le Select....Miranda

    1. TorontoJo Apr 18, 2008 05:55 PM

      Love Brassaii. Also love Dessert Trends on Harbord. I give the Brassaii the edge for atmosphere and DT the edge for food. The space at DT is beautiful, though and all the french doors/windows are open in nice weather. Service at both places is spotty -- absent and surly at Brassaii and a bit scattered but sweet at DT.

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        ajane Apr 18, 2008 06:53 PM

        Brassaii is a great idea, thanks - was there for dinner a few times over the winter with clients but forgot they had that lovely patio in summer. I've never eaten at Dessert Trends - what's the focus of the food?

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          TorontoJo Apr 19, 2008 06:59 AM

          Dessert! :) No, actually, the chef started life as an award-winning pastry chef and branched out into his own bistro. I'd say the cooking is mostly French, with quite a few international influences -- a touch of Asian here, a touch of Italian there. But the brunch menu is wonderful -- wonderful soups, quiches, a gorgeous french toast, sandwiches (the braised short rib sandwich and the croque monsieur are particularly good), frittatas, omelettes and usually several specials. They always have several fresh-squeezed juices (including interesting combos like blood orange and pear). Just be warned -- no basic bacon and eggs breakfasts).

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