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best Sunday brunch

Hi I am looking for a place to go for Sunday brunch? Price is not an option but I would like for it to be in the city (downtown). Can anyone recommend any spots that would be good to go to?

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  1. ps. I was thinking of going here for sunday brunch


    just wondering if anyone had any other suggestions / recommendations

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    1. re: squirms

      I haven't been to the boiler house. I would recommend the Gallery Grill or Le Select. For price, quality of food, ambience and service, the Gallery Grill is hard to beat. Having said that, the Hoof Cafe is getting a lot of buzz.

      1. re: dubchild

        I'm headed to the Windsor Arms this Sunday for a brunch buffet. I'll report back afterward. In the meantime, the King Edward Hotel puts on a beautiful Sunday buffet brunch. I've eaten there a few times now and I never make it to the hot items or the sweets. I'm quite happy with the oysters, smoked salmon and other seafood, salads and vegetables on the cold table. My co-diners seemed quite happy with the eggs, crepes, bacon, sausage and other hot brunch items.

        1. re: 1sweetpea

          Agreed with the King Eddie. The price is steep but it really is a special occasion spot. I love going to the Studio Cafe at the Four Seasons too. I've also heard good things about The Boiler House.

          1. re: MeMeMe

            Hi MeMeMe, and 1sweetpea -- what is the pricing on brunch for adults at the King Edward and Windsor Arms? Can't seem to find this out on their websites. Thanks in advance!

            1. re: Yum2MyTum

              Current price of the WA for Sunday brunch is $40 according to the little stubby I got during the Food & Wine Expo...

              Windsor Arms
              18 St Thomas St, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

              1. re: jlunar

                Thanks jlunar! That's steep. What's on offer at Windsor Arms? Do you think it's worth the price?

                1. re: Yum2MyTum

                  To be honest, it's been a really long long (yeeears) time since I've been to brunch there. However, I thought it worthwhile at the time. And I was still in student mode at the time! Sadly, all I remember was the île flotant they had for dessert that was really good.

                  So, do take that with a grain of salt. Mind you, the roast beef sandwich thing I had at the Expo was really good.

              2. re: Yum2MyTum

                I believe the brunch at the KE is at least $50 a pop.

            2. re: 1sweetpea

              Hi 1sweetpea. I'm potentially headed to the Windsor Arms for brunch very soon -- can you give an idea on what's on offer and your take on the value/quality?
              Thanks in advance!

              1. re: 1sweetpea

                Is there a Prix fixe, or is it only à la carte? What did you like best, menu wise?

              2. re: dubchild

                The Hoof Cafe brunch is really good. But the place is small and pretty busy and they don't take reservations. That being said, worth the wait. Check out the other posts.

                1. re: chefhound

                  I second the Hoof.
                  I really liked my meal there and it was pretty relaxed....
                  Like Black Hoof I really enjoy that they don't rush you out of there.

                  1. re: injek

                    For the Hoof - it's not a buffet though, right?

                    1. re: jennjen18

                      Nope, Black Hoof Cafe is not a buffet. And to answer your question from another thread, the King Eddy brunch buffet is around $49 and includes all the usual big hotel buffet suspect (carving stations, omelette stations, dessert tables, etc.) plus things like beef wellington and lobster and crab.

                      1. re: TorontoJo

                        Thanks TorontoJo! I guess I should be saving that meal for a special occasion at $49!!! Sorry, to clarify - that's $49 before tax and tip...??

                        1. re: jennjen18

                          Yep, pre-tax and tip. It's a splurge brunch. :)

                  2. re: chefhound

                    In my experience, f you head there by 10-10:30, there's no lineup.

                  1. re: jlunar

                    Your pics of Frank make me wanna go!!! Today! Now!

                    1. re: millygirl

                      Haahaha, Thanks Millygirl. Just fyi, I had the pastry basket the first time and it was only so-so. I went recently and it was really much improved. I need to update that posting in a bit...

                  2. I've been to the Boiler House and liked it but I wouldn't say the food was great - it wasn't bad, but I can't remember any standout items. Nice atmosphere though - the room is great and for the most part I don't think the music was too loud (we were sitting downstairs)

                    I second everything dubchild wrote about Gallery Grill, it's fantastic and only offers brunch on Sundays (not open on Saturdays). I love Hoof Cafe too but they put a fairly unusual spin on standard brunch items, so it might depend on what you want to eat? There's descriptions of both Gallery Grill and Hoof Cafe on this blog, might give you some more ideas - http://welovebrunch.blogspot.com/

                    1. school bakery cafe is pretty good for non egg items like crepes and such, has a nice vibe too and lovely drinks.

                      I like saving grace on dundas, it's pretty chill and some creative egg dishes. Musa use to be good, but it ain't what it use to be. I second La pallette as well, but for a cheaper alternative checkout Wanda's across the street.


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                      1. re: gastronom

                        i must protest against school, long line up for mediocre food, amateur service...it gets very mixed reviews on this board, BEST brunch-certainly not

                        1. re: ingloriouseater

                          Agree 1000%!!! School needs to go to school to get it right. There was a big lineup but a lot of empty tables inside, so the lineup was only because the maitre'd took forever to seat one table. Everyone in line was complaining!

                          The hot food we ordered took forever and arrived almost cold and they screwed up on the order making us wait even longer. And for all trouble we received a half hearted apology from the waitress. We skipped dessert and got outta there real fast.

                        2. re: gastronom

                          Love Saving Grace. If it was closer, I'd be there often.

                          1. re: Ediblethoughts

                            Hi Ediblethoughts - am headed there this Sunday, bright and early! can't wait to try it out.

                              1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                So. On arriving at Saving Grace at 10:30, there was already a significant line... we ended up instead at Musa. I had the eggs florentine and dining companion had an omlette. Neither of us were happy with our meals, although service was great and the vibe of the place was nice. The potatoes (I had cajun, he had rosemary-roasted) were nicely spiced but very mushy. Not sure if they were supposed to be like that... The eggs were well-poached but the hollandaise had formed a skin by the time it arrived at my table... and it was creamy and thick without any noticeable tang or flavour, really. My dining companion mentioned that dinner at Musa is far superior.... I hope so!

                                It's too bad, Ediblethoughts, I was really looking forward to Saving Grace and will HAVE to go and report back soon!

                                847 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J1V6, CA

                                1. re: Yum2MyTum

                                  That is too bad. I tend to eat breaky before 10am (often as early as 9:30) these days so I rarely get lines. Surprising that the line it that intense at 10:30.

                                  1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                    I think they open at 10:00. The line wasn't horrible - it was about 2 couples and a group of 4 by 10:30. My dining companion wasn't as flexible as I was, unfortunately so I couldn't convince him to wait.... next time!

                                    1. re: Yum2MyTum

                                      Huh. Maybe it's weekends that they open early. Because when I first went there, 10am would have been too late of a start time for me. So, yeah, now that I think of it, no wonder the place was quiet!

                                      1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                        Made it to Saving Grace! Arrived at 10:30 on the nose and was the last person to be seated without a line up. Ordered coffee and the daily omelette: brie, apple chutney and spinach (? not sure about the last), with home fries and baguette toast. Oh my, I can see why you love this place, Ediblethoughts. The omlette was fluffy, light, not greasy, and the chutney was a standout. My only complaint was the incorporation (or not) of the brie. It was kind of plopped in two big chunks... had to take a bite of omlette and then a bite of brie to achieve what I think was the desired flavour combination (delicious!). Admittedly difficult to accomplish because of the consistency of the cheese.

                                        Service was friendly, prompt. My dining companion was late to arrive and they never made me feel awkward for that, which I appreciated!

                                        Both of us really enjoyed the brunch. The line up was insane by 10:45 though. I would not necessarily line up in this kind of weather... but maybe in the summer. I'll definitely be back. Thanks for the recommendation, Ediblethoughts!

                                        Saving Grace
                                        907 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J1V9, CA

                                        1. re: Yum2MyTum

                                          I'd delighted that you liked it. I really must go back to this place one day soon...

                        3. I haven't been in a long time but Bonjour Brioche used to be really, really, good. It's small though so expect a line! I think it's worth it just for the bread butter and jam that come before the meal. It's so hard to find good bread in this city!

                          1. Two great places in the west end for brunch are Bar One www.bar-one.com and Mitzi's on Sorauren Ave http://www.mitzissister.com/cafe.html

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                            1. re: TheChefsWife

                              I think Mitzi's is always great; I'm not as into Bar One myself.

                            2. If you're looking for Sunday brunch buffett, Avenue at the Four Seasons was pretty good especially if you like your desserts. It was $36 per person at last check.

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                              1. re: syoung

                                Though they're only so-so for other meals, The Miller does a nice brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. They have a prix-fixe menu that includes a mimosa or bellini, basket of rolls, mini-muffins and pastries, plus entree and dessert for $25. You can also have the entree item individually. Their full menu is available as well. I'm not sure how the single entree item is charged if you opt out of the prix-fixe, but I'm sure they'll have an answer for you if you can and inquire.

                                1. re: syoung

                                  I just called (five months after your post) and Avenue has gone from $36 to $48 per person for brunch.

                                2. O.K. Not quite downtown, but at Mt. Pleasant & Eglinton, I recommend Simple Bistro. Ate brunch there a week ago, on a Sunday. I had a reservation, but there wasn't a line-up when I arrived shortly before 1:00 p.m., and there were a number of tables available. My eggs benedict, with smoked salmon, on a croissant were delicious, and the frites divine. Lovely side salad came with. Excellent coffee. My dining companion said her croque monsieur was a little dry, but she was still pretty happy with her meal. Service was friendly and efficient. All in all a great place for brunch. It's been well-reviewed on the Boards for dinners, too.

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                                  1. re: Full tummy

                                    Interesting. I would not have thought Simple would be open for brunch. Thanks Full Tummy, I will check that out.

                                  2. The Hot house (front & jarvis), especially if you start with the cakes first!

                                    1. I really like the Sunday brunch at Fire On The East Side.

                                      They have a website I'm pretty sure. Yonge/Wellesley area.

                                      1. The Hot House on front street across from St lawrence market has everything you could ask for from smoked salmon,roast beef,baked ham,lots of salads,pasta and made to order omeletes.

                                        Hot House
                                        35 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1T3, CA

                                        1. Surprisingly, MoRoCo in Yorkville has delicious brunch food. Terrific croque monsieur was tastier than any I had in the south of France last summer. Decent tasty french toast. Live DJ at 1:00 pm still allows you to hear your conversations. Noticed s'mores being roasted over an open fire at an all-ladies table nearby. Seems like a great place for a shower or girls' day out.

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                                          1. re: Food Tourist

                                            School Bakery
                                            The Drake
                                            Auntie's and Uncles

                                            1. re: Food Tourist

                                              Sadly, Moroco's well-priced a la carte brunch ends at 3 pm, and afternoon tea costs a whopping $55 plus tax. We're going to try a la carte brunch at One at Hazelton Hotel at 3:30 on a Sunday (their brunch ends at 4:30).

                                            2. I love the King Eddy and have been going there for years, we go a least 4 times a year and even tried Christmas Eve this year that was wonderful. Its a little pricey but at least I never have to worry about the food and the atmosphere in this historical ball room is wonderful. I highly recommend it to anyone.

                                              1. Beast on Tecumseth and King is doing a good brunch these days.


                                                1. We just went 4 days ago to the King Eddie and it was very impressive.

                                                  Sunday brunch at the King Edward was $53 per person + tax and tip. The food was amazing. 2 out of 4 walls of the great big room in Victoria's (the restaurant on the main floor that caters the buffet) are lined with food!
                                                  1) The longer wall has the hot food (beef wellington, lamb, homemade seafood pasta pillows, blackened salmon, southern pork with nectarines, fresh stirfried vegetables, leeks, eggs benedict, omelettes [the chef prepares this for you in front of you however way you like it], sausages, bacon.. and much much more), and desserts (panna cota, creme brulee, black forest, creme caramel, fresh fruits, a muesli dessert made w thick heavy cream, chocolate coffee pot, various other cakes..).
                                                  2) The shorter wall has the appetizers & salad items (crab claws, 3 kinds of smoked fish, squid, scallops, 2 kinds of shrimp, various italian cold meats, pate, lentil salad, beet salad, fresh breads, homemade hummus, tzaziki, babaganoush, and many more..)
                                                  3) Service was exceptional. Plates were cleared when we needed them to be taken away, not sooner, not later. One thing I remember clearly was that my husband was making a face when he looked at the muesli dessert because he had no idea what it was. It did not look how muesli typically looks! Although there was a sign, my husband didn't read it. Anyway, one of the sous chefs saw my husband's confused face and walked over to our table to explain to us exactly what the muesli was, and how it was made. Very interesting because it was a special dessert they have in i think Switzerland.. not prepared the same way we do here for breakfast. Lastly, they even packed up and let us take home the pastries we could not finish!
                                                  Their food was delicious, and the largest selection in Toronto. The food was also cooked with care, food was not dripping with oil, nor was it too salty, and they replaced each tray of food with a new tray of food (some other buffets often add new food to existing trays of food).

                                                  They also have free valet service which is awesome. I think it's expensive, probably the most expensive in the city, but it is well worth every penny. Service was exceptional and the food was divine. Our family is definitely coming back here again. I can see why many people say that the sunday brunch at the King Eddie is hard to beat!

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                                                  1. re: miffymiffster

                                                    I ate brunch there with several members of my family about two months ago, and, sadly, I did not leave with the same opinion. I'll start with the good: The room is quite grand, impressive, so if that matters then you're starting out on the right foot. The service was fabulous. Our server was the epitome of professional and efficient, even bringing a complimentary sippy cup out for my baby and being very patient with said baby, even while he threw myriad things on the floor (some of which the various staff picked up without complaint) -- sorry, the little fellow was only eight months at the time.

                                                    Now, onto the food, which was what I was there for. And, paying big bucks, I did have expectations. In fact, all of us, except our baby, had big expectations for the brunch, which we held to celebrate my mother's 65th birthday.

                                                    Sadly, we all found the food to be barely lukewarm. The hot dishes stand uncovered, and the only apparent source of heat is the heat lamps above. Whatever the source(s), it is not enough. I have been to a number of other buffets (breakfast, lunch, dinner), and they all had warmer food, so I know it is possible. Beyond the temperature, the flavours and textures were not as good as we expected. The croissants were dry like cardboard; the bagels were no better than what you buy in packs in the grocery store. The hot dishes were bland--unseasoned home fries, sausages that didn't say "more" (and we had some great sausage fiends in our group). To be honest, I don't remember anything positive from that brunch. Nothing makes me feel like I want to go back. Not one main course, not one salad, not one dessert, many of which were a total disappointment, including the butter tarts, which were worse than the packaged Vachon version.

                                                    We were very perplexed about why these people can't serve some good food. Why nothing was morish. Why there was no whipped cream alongside the desserts (including the decent, but not divine, chocolate cake, and the chocolate mousse and waffles). Why was the only good thing about our experience the service?

                                                    And, as you mention, there is free valet parking, but it is one car per table. We were a table of six, plus a baby. My sister called before we went, and mentioned our number, plus the baby, and the person on the phone told her it would be no problem for us to have two cars parked without charge. When we went to get our tickets stamped, there was a big fuss, as we were told no, only one car per table. We pointed out that that made sense for a table of two or three, but we were paying for six people. How many people have a vehicle that can get six people to brunch? (We don't.) Then the manager came and finally acquiesced, but almost chided us for our error. We were nonplussed. I wrote to the King Eddie, but have not heard anything back in two months now.

                                                    I simply cannot recommend the King Eddie brunch to anyone, unless the person would be satisfied with mostly passable, albeit lukewarm, food at exorbitant prices. If the room and service matter, and the food is secondary, then, by all means, go.

                                                    1. re: Full tummy

                                                      Maybe they changed things since you went there. I didn't find the hot foods were lukewarm. Everything was the perfect heat, definitely not warm. And there WAS whipped cream alongside the dessert when we were there!

                                                      I have never liked bagels so i didn't bother eating those. I had the bread and it was soft on the inside, and just the right amount of crisp on the outside. It smelled like it just came out of the oven, and it was still warm.. as it should be if it were fresh. There were no homefries, nor were there butter tarts. Their croissants had a texture, taste, and smell like they were just baked minutes ago. There was no chocolate mousse. The belgian waffles were OK only. They did have this chocolate french toast with pecan maple butter which was very tasty.

                                                      I was really surprised to hear your comments but maybe they have changed things since then, or maybe it was an off day when you went. I've only heard good things about the brunch and our experience was excellent last Sunday.
                                                      I'm not sure about the valet for not more than one car because we all came in one car.

                                                      Victoria's Restaurant @ Le Meridien King Edward Hotel
                                                      37 King Street East, Toronto, ON M5C 1E9, CA

                                                      1. re: miffymiffster

                                                        Wow! I can't believe that. I'll admit that there was a decent bread, but nothing tasted like it was baked fresh. The focaccia style bread was the only bread product people at our table ate, leaving the bagels and croissants for disposal, where they should have gone to begin with--instead of being put in baskets for service. If it weren't for the price tag, I might try it again, but I still feel burned from the last utter disappointment.