We finally tried it today. The brunch menu looked more appealing than their dinner menu.
its a very nice looking space. Service was good (not great). Menu was relatively limited. I ordered the farmer's breakfast and my wife ordered their tart (I forget its full name). I ordered the potato rosti as a side and she ordered bangers.
Brunch drinks - $5 for Pimms, mimosas, Caesar and Blanche de Chambly w/OJ. Not bad.
Food - presentation was ok. Plates looked crowded but there wasn't that much food on my farmer's breakfast. Some Ontario cheddar and brie, 3 small gherkins, warmish bread, pork rilette, a TINY bit of compote was next to the Scotch egg and there was a small bit of salad. Everything on my plate tasted pretty good. I wasn't full, even with the (very bland) rosti. My wife liked her tarte, which had bacon and goat cheese on it. I tried some and thought it was ok. Bangers were good.
But yo know what was disappointing? i realized that not one item on their menu was prepared to order (maybe the eggs, but that's it). Everything was premade and served. Not sure if it was nuked or over-cooked (I assume the latter). Muffins and such were not made in house (they apparently get them from a shop down the street). While I assume some things would be pre-made (quishe, for example), the lack of truly-fresh brunch foods is a little disappointing.
I'd rather go to Edward Levesque or Lady Marmalade for something more inspired and more "fresh". I wouldn't object if i had to meet someone at Table 17 for brunch, but I wouldn't run back or make a point of going there again.
782 Queen St. East, Toronto, ON M4M 1H4, CA
1290 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L1C4, CA
It's a good neighborhood option with well executed food and selection of drinks served in a nice room that's dressed-up but comfortable. I'd go back again.
Not sure about the servers -- sometimes it seemed like they were trying and not getting it and another time just didn't know or care too much. I wouldn't say they were unfriendly or cool, just adequate and didn't make you want to up-tip.
This is a good, solid, neighbourhood place. Not worth a special trip, but good value if you're in the area. On Sunday and Monday they have zero charge for BYOW - but you are restricted to a smaller menu (at a low price).
Given the dearth of places open on Sunday/Mon, I think this is a good option - but probably wouldn't make an effort on other nights.
Service has been appropriate both times I've been.