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Jan 12, 2010 11:24 AM

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

    17 Replies
    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 -

                    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 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...