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Aug 30, 2010 03:26 PM

High End Brunch

Hi guys, I'm looking for a high end brunch place, possibly with a buffet. Does anyone have specific experiences with the following options:

Le Meridien (King Edwards Hotel)
Windsor Arms
Four Seasons
Bloor St. Diner
Old Mill Inn

Or any other suggestions.

I'd like to get an idea for the price ranges at each. I know Bloor St. Diner is a 25 bucks buffet and the cheapest of the group, but what about the others?

Also what's included in the brunch? I like lobster, and I'm aware Old Mill Inn and Le Meridien includes that on their menu. What about the other places?

Thanks all!

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

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

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  1. Bloor St. Diner isn't really worthwhile. It's slightly above average by mass-produced steam table buffet standards, but the price has gone up and quality gone down on an annual basis. At this point, I don't think it's fair to include it in the same class as the other options you've listed.

    Le Meridien and Old Mill both offer an upscale buffet with better quality than Bloor St Diner, but it's still pretty bland steam table food, and it's twice the price. I haven't had a la carte brunches there, so can't comment. Four Seasons has a couple of different places to eat. I think the buffet is at Avenue (haven't been), and you can get good a la carte brunch dishes at the Studio Cafe.

    Keep in mind that if the food is the focus, you can get pretty good food downtown at nice places (my current favourite is Fire on the East Side) for much cheaper. Of the options you've listed, I'd rate the Studio Cafe brunch as the best food, and King Edward as the most interesting high end experience. They all have standard items... are there specific things other than lobster that you're looking for?

    7 Replies
    1. re: Underdog Rally

      I would not consider Bloor Street Diner high end for anything. It is at best, middle of the road.

      From your list, Four Seasons would be my pick.

      Not buffet, but if high end is what you're wanting I would suggest One or if they are open, George for lunch would be another solid choice.

      Bloor Street Diner
      55 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M4W1A5, CA

      1. re: millygirl

        Thanks guys. I know Bloor St. Diner isn't high end for much lol but I just included them in the list because they had a brunch option and it's close to the Four Seasons and Windsor Arms.

        Fire on the East Side and One both look pretty awesome for brunch, but I'm not sure if it's exactly what I'm looking for on this particular occasion. I'll probably check both of them out in a few weeks, but this weekend I'm thinking Four Seasons or Le Meridien or the four course tasting menu at George...can't really go wrong with any of them I guess.

        Thanks for the ideas. I wasn't aware of Fire on the East Side's existence but the menu looks pretty creative.

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

        1. re: Piggy Smalls

          I had brunch at the Windsor Arms in July and it wasn't great. The intention is was great but the execution was not work the $40+ per person. We had a 1 p.m. reservation and by the time we were seated and ready to eat (approx 1:15 p.m.) may of the food items were also gone and not replenished unless we asked. All of the meat at the carving station was well done and even when we requested something more rare they said that they tend to cook all of the meat closer to medium. Add a few hours under a head lamp and you end up with dry meat to say the least.

          The service also was lacking. The manger (maybe) spilled the wine she was pouring us and then joked about her 16 hrs shift the day before - she looked like she spent 16 hrs out partying the night before!

          If you're set on a buffet I'd say the King Edward is probably your best bet in the city.

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

          1. re: Piggy Smalls

            Just this week we had a lovely four course tasting menu at George on the patio. I wrote a review on another thread. The food was really excellent. I knew it would be because I've done dinner there a few times. However, it was even better than I was expecting. They seem to have gotten even better over the years. Each course was truly mouthwatering. Loved every minute of it. That and a lovely bottle of rose made for a perfect afternoon.

            1. re: millygirl

              Yeah I was pretty set on a buffet type of place but the more I look at George's lunch menu, the better it seems. I'll be going with my mother and fiancee, so they're not exactly heavy eaters. Thinking back about it, the buffet might have been a bad idea lol...

              1. re: Piggy Smalls

                George is my go to place for a nice meal with great service. You won't be disappointed.

            2. re: Piggy Smalls

              Never enjoyed FOTES. Extremely crowded, too many tables in the room and a line out the door. Food very very average to poor and not worth the wait.

              I'd go the Gallery Grill tho it doesn't re-open till next week.

              Gallery Grill
              7 Hart House Cir, Toronto, ON M5S, CA