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SUNDAY BRUNCH -- BUFFET ONLY

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Dean Tudor Mar 16, 2010 01:47 PM

Folks, I'm looking around for a nice, fairly decent lavish Sunday Buffet Brunch.

It should be close to s subway stop in Toronto, and open by 11AM

I've been to the Windsor Arms, which is $40, and starts at 10:30.

Delta Chelsea Inn on Gerrard is $33, but does not open until noon.

Are there any buffet brunches for Sunday, between $25 and $50, somewhere along a subway line for ease of access?

It is very hard to get this kind of info off Google or websites of restaurants.

But do correct me if I am wrong -- I like a challenge.

Thanks.

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    torontofoodiegirl RE: Dean Tudor Mar 16, 2010 03:04 PM

    The King Eddie does a lovely brunch buffet. I think it's around the same price as the Windsor Arms. The room is beautiful, and I recall the food being quite good for a buffet. Not sure what time they open for brunch, but I'd assume that they'd be open by 11:00.

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      paper_bag_princess RE: torontofoodiegirl Mar 16, 2010 04:28 PM

      The Four Seasons does a great brunch. I haven't been for a few years so I'm not sure of the current price or hours.

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        jennjen18 RE: torontofoodiegirl Mar 16, 2010 05:26 PM

        King Eddie is $50.. Hot House Cafe is $18.99, Boiler Room is $24, I think..

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          Dean Tudor RE: jennjen18 Mar 16, 2010 05:34 PM

          Thanks jennjen18, I appreciate the data.

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            JennaBean RE: Dean Tudor Mar 17, 2010 07:56 AM

            The Hot House it rather terrible IMO. You'd be much better off at any of the other places listed so far.

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        AJMC791 RE: Dean Tudor Mar 16, 2010 08:51 PM

        my fave sunday buffet is the bloor st. diner
        you can access it from the bay subway station or bloor.

        Highlights - chocolate fountain w fresh fruit, roast beef, eggs benedict, smoked salmon, delicious mac and cheese, and my fave is the asian noodle salad (not really breakfast-y, but really good!)

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          jennjen18 RE: AJMC791 Mar 18, 2010 06:35 AM

          Oh - BSD's info is here: http://www.eatertainment.com/restaura...

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          sam_1 RE: Dean Tudor Mar 17, 2010 07:28 AM

          Love the King Eddie brunch. Definitely decadent for a buffet, and worth the price based on what's on offer. The only weakness I've noticed a few times is the desserts - sometimes inconsistent in execution (e.g. runny creme brulee). From what I recall they open at 11am...but I would call to double check (may be earlier).

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            millygirl RE: sam_1 Mar 17, 2010 08:10 AM

            Do you happen to know what room the King Eddy brunch is served in sam_1? Is it the one that is all white?

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              sam_1 RE: millygirl Mar 17, 2010 08:33 AM

              I'm not sure what the room is called, but yes, it is mostly white (with large windows). It is really a beautiful room - seems like a ballroom actually. You enter through the main restaurant area in the back left of the lobby.

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                millygirl RE: sam_1 Mar 17, 2010 09:23 AM

                thank you. I was hoping it was that room but for some reason I was under the impression that room was not being used. Sounds wonderful, must check it out soon. Does the buffet serve seafood items?

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                  klf RE: millygirl Mar 17, 2010 10:28 AM

                  I've been the buffet at the King Eddie and we were seated in the ballroom, although when it's crowded, the tables spill into the Victoria's restaurant area and the lobby. When making reservations, I would request seating in the ballroom just in case it's packed that weekend.

                  The cold buffet had a good seafood selection (smoked salmon, shrimp, crab claws, seafood salad, etc), and we actually spent more time chowing down there than on the hot buffet items.

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                    sam_1 RE: millygirl Mar 17, 2010 11:08 AM

                    Further to klf below...there are also raw oysters (last time I believe they were Raspberry Points). Yum. Also agree with the suggestion to specifically request seating in the ballroom.

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                      millygirl RE: sam_1 Mar 17, 2010 11:38 AM

                      Thank you both. This is definitely on my radar for my sister's birthday. We almost always do a brunch/lunch of some sort and I was beginning to run out of ideas.

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                        jennjen18 RE: sam_1 Mar 18, 2010 06:40 AM

                        ... And, from what I've been reading, also lobsters at the King Eddy. Please correct me if I'm wrong, people; I've been doing some brunch buffet research as well, and have been reading from all related posts in CH. :)

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                Dean Tudor RE: Dean Tudor Mar 18, 2010 08:50 PM

                Thanks to all who have responded. Here's my list, based on your research and others:

                The price usually indicates some special feature, such as Lobster at King Eddie or Crab but no lobster at Courtyard.

                Prices rounded up to nearest dollar.

                King Edward - $50
                Windsor Arms Courtyard - $40 (pretty good stuff)
                Chelsea Inn Gerrard - BB33 - $33 - opens at noon
                Old Mill - $32
                Boiler House Distillery District - $25
                Bloor St Diner - $22
                Free Times Cafe - Bella Brunch - $20 (best in town at this price, free klezmer music)
                Hot House Cafe - $19 (usually packed with people)

                Is that it? Just 8 Sunday Buffet Brunches by a subway line or in downtown Toronto?

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                Old Mill
                21 Old Mill Road, Toronto, ON M8X 1G5, CA

                Distillery District
                55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

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

                Free Times Cafe
                320 College St, Toronto, ON M5T1S3, CA

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

                Boiler House
                55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A3C4, CA

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                  MeMeMe RE: Dean Tudor Mar 19, 2010 07:31 AM

                  There's Whitlock's in the Beach area. I believe it is about $15 last I was there. They have waffles, omlettes, etc.

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                  Whitlock's
                  1961 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L1H7, CA

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                    syoung RE: Dean Tudor Mar 19, 2010 02:36 PM

                    Avenue at the Four Seasons

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