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Toronto Gourmet Brunch suggestions

Smoothmoose Sep 29, 2010 02:26 PM

I'm looking for suggestions for a gourmet brunch place in Toronto. We already frequent some solid brunch establishments like Auntie's and Uncles, Bonjour Brioche, and La Palette. But my girlfriend wants an "over-the-top" brunch for her birthday. We're not looking fancy brunch buffet some of the nicer hotels run, but more like a place that would serve Lobster Eggs Benny or Truffled Omelettes type menu.


Bonjour Brioche
812 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

La Palette
492 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

  1. shekamoo Oct 1, 2010 09:33 AM

    Franks at AGO. take her if you want to break up. my wife was mad at me for a week because everything we ordered was beyond disgusting. maybe an off day, but then this was in the realm of stale food with yuckie smell

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      julesrules Sep 30, 2010 11:54 AM

      Gallery Grill at Hart House is a really nice space and food is great at lunch (I haven't been for brunch), although not so big on the lux ingredients per se. Actually looking at the menu it's not terribly "brunch", so maybe not what you are looking for this time, but I'll throw it out there anyway :)

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

      1. Bobby Wham Sep 30, 2010 10:21 AM

        HOOF CAFE, best B in the city now, they blow everyone else out of the water. You should order 2 salty mains, then split a sweet B for dessert, the suckling pig benny is ridiculous, the waffles are insane, the pig tail and grits is really good, the pig tail is done like similar to scrapple where they make a block out of minced pig tail and crisp pan fry it

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        1. re: Bobby Wham
          Pebbles Sep 30, 2010 11:44 AM

          Frank at the AGO does a lovely brunch and create your own flights of wine.

        2. ekim256 Sep 29, 2010 08:36 PM

          I really love Le Petit Dejeuner's brunch, but I am not sure if I would call it "gourmet"?
          Hoof Cafe, all the way :) http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/727281

          My mouth waters just thinking about it.


          Le Petit Dejeuner
          191 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1J5, CA

          1. Vise Sep 29, 2010 07:07 PM

            I would normally echo Globe but given your description try C5. Had an excellent brunch there this past weekend, definitely what you are looking for. Wife had the bacon stuffed pancakes with foie gras torchon, I had the lobster english muffin. The bacon menu is a thing of beauty too... the guanciale in particular was amazing.

            1. Full tummy Sep 29, 2010 06:00 PM

              Second the recommendation for Globe Bistro.

              Also, Simple Bistro and Le Petit Dejeuner:


              Le Petit Dejeuner
              191 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1J5, CA

              Simple Bistro
              619 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S2M5, CA

              1. TorontoJo Sep 29, 2010 03:26 PM

                Check out the Sunday brunch menu at Globe Bistro. It's a smallish menu, but everything is fantastic and the space is beautiful, so it would probably feel "celebratory".


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                1. re: TorontoJo
                  msprnt Oct 1, 2010 06:52 AM

                  What would you recommend TorontoJo? A group of friends and I might go this Sunday!

                  1. re: msprnt
                    TorontoJo Oct 1, 2010 07:01 AM

                    The goat cheese crepes are really good, if you're looking for a sweet choice. I love the bacon and egger and my husband basically inhales the steak and eggs. Next on my list to tackle is the swine and dine -- pork six ways!

                    The bacon from cumbrae's is delish and the side orders are huge and enough to share amongst two or three people.

                    1. re: TorontoJo
                      msprnt Oct 1, 2010 10:54 AM

                      thanks! i'm thinking about the swine and dine!! ... but i'm also thinking about the sandwich since i've read that it's is quite generous in size....

                      good to know that the sides are huge! ... looking forward to this, haven't had brunch on a sunday in a long while! i'll call to make reservations soon

                2. Herb Sep 29, 2010 02:37 PM

                  That'd be your Hoof Cafe.

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