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Mar 19, 2009 08:15 AM

what breakfast dishes do you like best at Brassaii?

Just curious to hear what you'd recommend.


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  1. their croissant and breakfast pastries are very good. their coffee is forgettable

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    1. re: dickiegreenleaf

      Ugh - and so continues the interminably mind-boggling quest to find a spot that proffers great brunch food AND great coffee. I mean really, how can you have one without the other???

      1. re: peppermint pate

        DT Bistro has both, as does Aunties and Uncles (I think -- can't recall if hubby loves the coffee there as much as DT Bistro).

        1. re: peppermint pate

          peppermint, School Bakery & Cafe leads the brunch pack with with great, creative renditions and Illy coffee. Finally there are two places in town that know how to make a proper espresso.

          1. re: Googs

            Hi Googs - thanks for that. School Bakery is top of my list of new brunch spots to try - but here's the thing. In a former life, hubby and I lived for week-end brunch (great coffee, eggs benny, newspaper - ah, luxury). But now, we have kidlets and with kidlets, we need spots that open at 9. I've been on a quest to find great chow, great americanos, kid-friendly AND - and here's the key - they need to open by 9. Bonus points if there's fun stuff to walk around and do nearby.

            Alas, most great brunch spots (like School) open later than that - usually 11, sometimes at 10, neither of which work for our schedule right now. But I'll find my way to School one of these days, somehow. Thanks for adding your voice to the chorus of praise for this spot.

            You mentioned two places in town - is DT Bistro the other? If not, where?

            1. re: peppermint pate

              The other isn't a brunch place. Just a little joint in the basement of the SLM called Pasta Mia. The man pulls a mean espresso.

              1. re: peppermint pate

                School actually did open at 9 for Sunday brunch for the first few weeks, but they've since switched to 10. I suspect there weren't enough people coming in for the first hour to make it worth their while.

                One 9 AM option is Le Petit Dejuner - - but only on Saturdays. Sundays, they open at 10.

                Another option is Morning Glory - - which opens at 9 AM on both Sat and Sun.

                I haven't been to either yet, so I can't say how the food is, and whether or not they're kid-friendly, but they might be worth investigating.

                1. re: gregclow

                  Thanks gregclow - probably not enough young families in the immediate vicinity to justify the 9am opening at School. Though if you're anything like us, you'll drive clear across town in search of the holy grail - yesterday, we left midtown and hit Luna (opens at 9 but no food till 10), and then Mitzi's (full at 9:20) before ending up at Easy (which we LOVED).

                  Morning Glory had totally fallen off my radar. We went there a few times when it first opened and thought it was pretty decent but then moved on to other spots. Good reminder. I should also probably try LPD again - we went there once, years ago, and found it to be totally lacklustre in food and service. Lots of people give it great props on this board so maybe it's worth another try. Thanks again.

                  1. re: peppermint pate

                    I love the breakfasts at Easy, too. Lately, it's been my favourite place for breakfast in TO.

                    1. re: phoenikia

                      Glad to hear it - now I don't feel badly for semi-hijacking your Brassaii thread...:)

                      Easy has shot straight to the top of my "brunch with kids" list - it's got all the bells and whistles I'm looking for. And by hilarious coincidence, we were meandering up Roncesvalles after brekkie (yummy latte at Lit), struck up a conversation with a couple and their young child and it turns out they are the parents-in-law of the owner of Easy (babysitting the owner's youngest child)!!! I mean, what are the odds? Suffice to say we gushed to them about how much we loved the place.

        2. I've only been once for brunch, but I do remember that the churros with chocolate sauce were very good. Decadent for breakfast for sure, but a nice treat.

          1. I love the BBLT, but it may only be on the brunch menu. It's a BLT with the addition of peameal bacon. So you get the juiciness of peameal and the crispiness of regular bacon.

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            1. re: TorontoJo

              Did you say bacon AND bacon? Gasp! I may have to carry in my own americano from somewhere else and give it a go! Thanks for the reminder on Dessert Trends - I haven't been in a while but I should try it again.

              1. re: peppermint pate

                Yes indeed, bacon AND bacon! Mucho porky goodness. And silly me, I forgot about the fried egg that pushes the whole sandwich over the edge. You do need to ask for the smoked bacon to be cooked crisp, otherwise it comes rather limp. It a bit of a mess to eat, and I always end up with the top of my mouth all scratched up, but it's pretty much worth it.

                Here's the brunch menu...

            2. BTW, I seem to recall thinking the blueberry pancakes were awful. Pasty and tasteless. But that was a long time ago.

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              1. re: TorontoJo

                Thanks for mentioning that, TorontoJo...

                and thanks to everyone for all your comments:)

                1. re: phoenikia

                  Breakfast at Brassai was ok, not great.

                  My friend had the blueberry pancakes which were alright- not awful/not pasty this time, but nothing special. The blueberries sank to the bottom of the batter. Looked like they were cooked over heat that was a little too high, since the pancakes were slightly charred rather than golden brown.

                  I tried the egg white omelette with goat cheese- first experience with an egg white omelette. Found it on the rubbery side- not sure if this is usually the case for egg white omelettes. I would have ordered the frittata, but the server mentioned they added cream to the frittata- and cream mixed with egg is a little too rich for my system. The lyonnaise potatoes that came with the omelette were quite tasty- a little on the greasy side, and not crisp, but nicely flavoured. Not too impressed by the mostly melon fruit salad. Good multigrain toast.

                  The cappuccino was fine. Found the midweek breakfast to be decent if you're already in the neighbourhood, but not worth a subway ride ;)

              2. i think brassaii is a great brunch spot. the donuts and the espresso chocolate sauce is excellent, as someone else said. i've had the frittata (so-so) and the french toast stuffed w/ ricotta. it's a really nice space too - very sunny, spacious and great for a casual and affordable brunch.