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Wanted: Brunch Buffet for Mother's Day...fancy pants please!

meatnveg Apr 16, 2011 06:46 AM


I am looking to give my mum the best, fanciest, brunch in Toronto. I understand it won't come cheap but this is a special occasion and money is no object.
The only places I would not go to are:
- Bloor St Diner - This is my regular sunday haunt and I want something 'special'
- King Eddy - Went last month and was not overwhelmed.

Any place else is fair game, though I imagine nothing says fancy like a luxury hotel.

Ok, ready, set, go!


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  1. jlunar RE: meatnveg Apr 16, 2011 06:59 AM

    err... Windsor Arms? Get them to valet park you for that extra luxe feeling. Though, I haven't been in a long long long time. I remember it fondly, especially the giant bowl of iles flottants...

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      meatnveg RE: jlunar Apr 16, 2011 07:20 AM

      Iles Flottants!! no way!! in Toronto?
      I have been searching high and low for that desserts since I had it in France

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        jlunar RE: meatnveg Apr 16, 2011 04:58 PM

        it was a reaaaaallly long time ago that I went though. We're talking 5 years since I last went and longer since the iles flottants... just as an fyi! You could always ask and see if they still serve it though!

    2. Herb RE: meatnveg Apr 16, 2011 07:15 AM

      Gallery Grill at Hart House but you'll need reservations.

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

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        meatnveg RE: Herb Apr 16, 2011 07:21 AM

        Any idea of what to expect on the menu?

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          T Long RE: meatnveg Apr 16, 2011 08:23 AM

          Gallery Grill Brunch menu:


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

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            Herb RE: meatnveg Apr 16, 2011 09:23 AM

            And obviously not a buffet.

        2. shekamoo RE: meatnveg Apr 16, 2011 10:57 AM

          if King Eddy doesnt do it for you, then basically in Toronto, for what you want, you're outa luck, and would have to 'settle'.

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            miranda RE: meatnveg Apr 16, 2011 12:45 PM

            Intercontinental on Bloor in Yorkville had a great Mothers Day Lunch last year have been before sometimes a Buffet and sometimes a la carte both good need rez Miranda

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              eco987 RE: meatnveg Apr 16, 2011 09:27 PM

              What about Casa Loma?

              Menu look good....not sure about quality though.


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                meatnveg RE: eco987 Apr 17, 2011 06:04 AM

                You know, I thought of Casa Loma, but am afraid it will be chock a block full of parents out with kids and a little too noisy. is it different on Mother's Day?

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                  froglegs RE: meatnveg Apr 23, 2011 06:34 AM

                  Bad food there!

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                red twizzler RE: meatnveg Apr 17, 2011 11:58 AM

                I concur with your being underwhelmed with The King Edward brunch. I was also there last month. I took my best friend for her birthday. My biggest criticism is this-the main courses were chicken, salmon, lamb, and beef wellington. My friend does not like lamb or rare beef. She asked if they had a piece of the Wellington that was more on the medium side. They did not. I had some and the crust was a soggy mess. A prime rib roast would be so much better. The setting was wonderful and the rest of the food was good but I would try something different next time. In other words, I cannot highly recommend The King Eddy.

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                  millygirl RE: red twizzler Apr 17, 2011 01:18 PM

                  Annona in the Park Hyatt is quite nice.

                  Re: iles flottants - Jacques Bistro du Parc is a must.

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                    pearlD RE: millygirl Apr 17, 2011 04:57 PM

                    I would check out "The Old Mill"....very old school and I've heard the regular Sunday Brunch is quite good...........

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                      Cat123 RE: pearlD Apr 17, 2011 06:36 PM

                      Mother's Day at the Old Mill is insanity. I did it once and would never go back. The food was ok - but it felt like a brunch factory.

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

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                        maplesyrup993 RE: Cat123 Apr 22, 2011 05:56 AM

                        If you are willing to travel, the old mill in Ancaster is lovely. Have been going for years, beautiful scenery! Nothing like the Toronto old mill...

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                          meatnveg RE: maplesyrup993 Apr 22, 2011 07:38 AM

                          ah yes, I have heard of that place. Sadly, I don't have a car...seeing as all disposable income seems to be spent on food. :P

                2. meatnveg RE: meatnveg Apr 22, 2011 07:39 AM

                  Thanks for all the suggestions everyone, I ended up reserving a place at the Windsor Arms.

                  Will let you all know how it turns out.

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

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                    winnie78 RE: meatnveg Apr 22, 2011 02:17 PM

                    Avenue Lounge at the 4 Seasons does a great brunch. Buffet and fancy pants!

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                      froglegs RE: meatnveg Apr 23, 2011 06:38 AM

                      Does it have to be buffet? Plenty of al la carte places to think of.

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                        meatnveg RE: froglegs Apr 23, 2011 08:08 AM

                        Yeah my mum likes buffets for the options, eats like a bird, but can't decide on a dish at most a la carte places.
                        Otherwise it would be Marben.

                        488 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1E5, CA

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                        carocantcook RE: meatnveg Apr 23, 2011 08:33 PM

                        The Estates of Sunnybrook do a Mother's Day brunch buffet every year. The cost is $50/pp +tax, tip, and alcohol.

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                          justinisthebest RE: carocantcook Apr 24, 2011 08:33 AM

                          We did the Sunnybrook thing last year on my snooty sister's insistence. Grossly overpriced, and very lame Leaside clientele ... I would avoid this at all costs.

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                            tochowchick RE: justinisthebest Apr 24, 2011 10:55 AM

                            Wow....as a Leasider, that remark is below the belt....we're not all lame you know...

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