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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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    carocantcook 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 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 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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      froglegs 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 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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        winnie78 Apr 22, 2011 02:17 PM

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

        1. 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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            red twizzler 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 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 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 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 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 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

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              eco987 Apr 16, 2011 09:27 PM

              What about Casa Loma?

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


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                meatnveg 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 Apr 23, 2011 06:34 AM

                  Bad food there!

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                miranda 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

                1. shekamoo 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'.

                  1. Herb 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 Apr 16, 2011 07:21 AM

                      Any idea of what to expect on the menu?

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                        T Long 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 Apr 16, 2011 09:23 AM

                          And obviously not a buffet.

                      2. jlunar 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 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 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!

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